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“Terminator Genisys” (Film Review and Trailer)

June 30th, 2015 No comments

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Review by John Delia

The movie Terminator Genisys surprises with top quality special effects, continuous action scenes and a welcome return of Arnold. The storyline may be a little complicated if you are trying to piece together the previous four outings, but take a deep breath and just go to enjoy the shape shifting time traveling bots that deliver chaos wherever they appear. If you are an action junkie and want an adrenaline rush, go see the newest edition of John Connor’s attempt to take down the spy in the sky that lead to annihilation of billons on the planet. Read more…

“Tomorrowland” (Film Review & Trailer)

May 21st, 2015 No comments

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Review by John Delia

The kid friendly Tomorrowland opens this weekend with a cool adventure that should entertain the 7 to 16 year old crowd. Those of all ages who just can’t miss a sci-fi movie may also be included in this group depending on whether they accept the mild to moderate conflicts and the somewhat realistic message the film presents. As for the production, it’s very good with fine directing, computer graphics and visuals that amaze. It’s the story that takes a hit leaving audiences with a feeling that it’s a little too contrived, predictable and a bit syrupy in the finale. Read more…

“CHAPPiE” a Sci-Fi Thriller (Film Review & Trailer)

March 6th, 2015 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Turning what could have been just another I, Robot Director Neill Blomkamp makes his film Chappie a winning sci-fi thriller. The film opens with exciting action and continues on a rollercoaster ride only slowing down to create new characters. It’s the first livewire of the year and opening during a spring break weekend should bolster the box-office. While males 17 and over including a large college crowd will fill theaters this weekend, the movie is not for kids with its display of strong violence and language. However, what Chappie gains in electrifying thrills, it lacks in emotion and charm. Read more…

Project Almanac, Teen Time Travel (Film Review)

January 29th, 2015 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Tweens, Teens and early twenties should like Project Almanac, a fast paced Sci-fi thriller with respectable acting and creative direction. The target audience will especially like the hand held cinematography reminiscent of Project X that continues throughout giving the film a rocky roller coaster feel. It’s a fun film with a little romance to boot. Read more…

Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1, the Rebels Strike Back (Film Review)

November 20th, 2014 No comments

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Review by John Delia

It’s time for the rebellion to start and in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 the volatile story of Katniss Everdeen continues with able direction, adequate acting, but with the usual predictable storyline. The filming and CGI gets better than the last installment showing explosive battles that are more realistic looking than the games in Catching Fire. Characters are added and the rebel skirmishes become intense with Director Francis Lawrence cutting the film at a fairly reasonable intermission point. But most of the fan based audience will walk away empty with little more than a taste of what they hope will come in the finale. Read more…

“Lucy” A Non-stop Action-thriller (Film Review)

July 25th, 2014 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Out of nowhere comes Lucy a wild ride of mind over matter from Writer/Director Luc Besson. This cunning thriller opens with excitement and never stops the action to the very end. It’s my idea of a true Sci-Fi thriller that tantalizes your brain with possibilities beyond belief, and then takes you even further with the question, What If?

The film poses the following premise: “The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what you could do with 100%”. Read more…

“X-Men” A Wild Ride from Future to Past (Film Review)

May 23rd, 2014 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Exciting and action packed, X-Men: Days of Future Past takes center stage for a weekend box office blow-out.  The monstrous blockbuster should take Marvel Comic fans by storm with a relentless rollercoaster ride into yesteryears and back to the future using most every mutant in the graphic novels. The CGI factor is at a WOW level and the compelling storyline puts it on a level with Thor: The Dark World and Amazing Spider-Man 2. You don’t have to be an X-Men aficionado, but it helps. Read more…

After Earth, Targets Teens in a Sci-Fi Thriller (Film Review)

May 30th, 2013 No comments

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Taking a chance on another science fiction thriller M. Night Shyamalan probes disaster with After Earth.  The trick here is can he rise above his box-office misses like The Last Airbender and Lady in the Water. His The Sixth Sense has never been equaled and for that he still has a following.  Here, Shyamalan gets smart and brings in a top star and his son to do his bidding and comes up a winner. While it’s not the best space adventure in the past two years, it certainly gets high marks for its teen target audience. Read more…

Oblivion, A Visual Thriller (Film Review)

April 20th, 2013 No comments

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Review by John Delia

The opening sequence in the movie Oblivion is spectacular showing Earth as a devastated planet and the moon busting apart following an attack by an alien invasion. Well acted by a handful of cast members, the action movie mesmerizes as it spools out its grand design.  Both the cinematography and computer graphics are the stars of the film with the quality of the 2009 Star Trek. If you are a rabid fan of science fiction then you should get in line for your ticket now. Read more…

Cloud Atlas, Film Review by John Delia

October 26th, 2012 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Tedious comes to mind after watching this tale of fantasy that spans six time periods within five centuries played out in nearly 3 hours.  Cloud Atlas, although an admirable piece of movie making tends to be so complex that viewers I’m afraid, will just not get it.  It’s a brain teaser of sorts, one that challenges an audience to connect the dots between repetitive periods of time for a final resolve.

Breathtaking cinematography, fine acting and amazing make-up are the benefits from the movie, but the storyline gets so complicated it becomes ‘work’ instead of entertainment.  Most audiences want to see stories play out to an understandable realistic manor. Here, with six stories going at one time, the chore of working out the meaning of it all in one’s mind takes away from its intended entertainment value.

The story goes like this: Cloud Atlas spools out in six parables hopping from one to the other throughout the movie each segment portraying a theme quoted from Sonmi -451 in the year 2144, “Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others. Past and present. And by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future.”  The story proceeds with short tableaus revisited throughout the movie.  The first involves a slave ship in the South Seas making its way to a colonial port in the year 1849. The second jumps to 1936 Scotland and involves a musician that has a brilliant ear for music and who scribes the notes for a capricious composer. In 1973 we find Luisa Rey a young reporter stumbling upon a lead involving a nuclear reactor. In 2012 Scotland we find a newspaper publisher being victimized so he won’t publish Luisa Rey’s story.  From here we take a big leap to 2144 Korea where the clone Sonmi -451 moves about tending her master in a obedient manner and at the final level of the film we see into the 24th century where the world has been devastated and people are living a simple primitive life in squalor trying to exist while being threatened by a warring tribe.

If you don’t try to see the connection between each of the segments, you may get more enjoyment out of the film. Some of the segments stand out like the 1849 slave ship sequence where we find a crafty Dr. Goose (Tom Hanks), who poisons passengers in order to steal their possessions.  In this tableau actor Jim Sturgess plays Adam an unsuspecting young man who comes under the doctor’s care after catching a malady aboard ship. Being slowly put to death with the doctors ‘medicine’, his only salvation comes from a slave whose life he had saved.  Adding some comedy to the film we find Timothy Cavendish (Jim Broadbent) a publisher who gets put in a reclusive and guarded nursing home by a devious scoundrel who doesn’t want him to put a revealing story about a nuclear reactor in print.  The segment reminded me somewhat of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest being jovial enough to take the edge off the other dramatic pieces.

Hugh Grant as Kona Chief in Cloud Atlas

The fantasy yarn involves Sonmi-451 (Doona Bae) a clone in 21st Century Korea who looks after her owner while wearing a metallic electronic neck brace that keeps her captive.  Embedded in her neck is an explosive charge that would blow apart her carotid artery rendering instant death at the push of a button. Subservient like the rest of her fellow clones, she goes about her business of pleasing and toiling.  When her friend goes off the deep end and allows her neck device to kill her, Sonmi-451 starts looking for an escape. This action sequence ups the value of the movie with its creative cinematography, CGI and special effects making it the best of the six sequences.  With more storyline, creative direction and continuous strong character development, this segment could be a standalone film.

The make-up department provides many surprises creating a bevy of characters from each of the main actors. Tom Hanks acts out a character in each of the six segments, from a Nuclear Physicist to the primitive Zachry of the 24th Century. In some cases, especially that of Dr. Goose, Hanks has been completely disguised. Other amazing transformations include Halle Barry as Jocasta Ayrs a white woman and as Ovid in 2144 Korea she plays a man.

Cloud Atlas has been rated R for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use. There are also scenes of brutality, discrimination and gore that should be noted.  The film would be better served on video whereby the viewer can run the movie again, rewind and pause so as to digest the film as a whole.

FINAL ANALYSIS: The complexity of the film impairs its entertainment value. (C-)

Additional Film Information:

  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou, and Keith David
  • Directed by: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski
  • MPAA Rating: for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use.
  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery
  • Running Time: 2 hrs 52 min
  • Opening Date: October 26, 2012
  • Distributed by: Warner Brothers