Reviews

  • Film Review – Ender’s Game (2013)

    By scifiMethods on November 3, 2013
    Release date: 28th Oct 2013 (US) / 25th Oct 2013 (UK) Director: Gavin Hood Starring: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin The original novel, “Ender’s Game” is an extremely popular book, loved by both hardened scifi fans and other readers alike. Needless to say that when it was announced that there was a $100m+ film adaptation […]
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  • Film Review – Elysium (2013)

    By scifiMethods on September 1, 2013
    Release date: 9th Aug 2013 (US) / 21st Aug 2013 (UK) Director: Neill Blomkamp Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner. Ever since his outstanding debut film in 2009, “District 9”, Neill Blomkamp has been a name to watch amongst scifi filmmakers. With that film, the young South African director was able to wrap up a compelling human […]
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  • Film Review – Pacific Rim (2013)

    By scifiMethods on July 14, 2013
    Release date: July 12, 2013 (US/UK) Director: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Idris Elba, Ron Pearlman, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi. With a budget weighing in at $190million and the obvious comparisons being drawn with the Transformers franchise, this film had already polarised audiences long before it’s release. One camp firmly behind Guillermo del Toro’s ability to deliver his “beautiful poem to […]
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  • Film Review – Oblivion (2013)

    By scifiMethods on April 17, 2013
    Films based on lesser-known graphic novels (ie the ones that aren't Batman, Spiderman and The Avengers) can be a sticky thing to handle. Taking a story from a medium based overwhelmingly on visual style and depicted action, and transplanting it into a medium where it is easy to over-depend on visual style and action brought us creations like Sin City, 300 and The Crow. Not necessarily a bad thing, and the fact that this film is directed by the author of the graphic novel on which it as based gives it a good start, but if you summarise the other information you have about Oblivion before seeing it, it starts to become a lot more worrying...
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  • Film Review: Cloud Atlas (2012)

    By scifiMethods on February 10, 2013
    Our first film review this year is for a film which I very nearly passed by. I was aware that the 2004 novel “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell had been a success amongst scifi readers (and the literary world in general) but was cynical about a film adaptation, believing it would be messy, convoluted and confusing. If I left the review there, it would be pretty accurate, but in retrospect it has made much more of an impact than I initially thought.
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  • Book Review: THE COMPLETE ATOPIA CHRONICLES

    By Redfern on November 9, 2012
    Synthetic realities. Corporate governance. Enslaved artificial life. We've been here before many, many times – an author has to contribute something pretty damn good to be noticed whilst navigating these crowded themes. Matthew Mathers has a strong technical background in computer science, but does he have the ability to make The Complete Atopia Chronicles stand out?
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