Displaying items by tag: science fiction Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Ready Player One (2018)

Published in R
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:05
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Science fiction themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Stand by.

  • Starring

    Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, Ralph Ineson, Susan Lynch

  • Directed by

    Steven Spielberg

  • Running time

    140 mins

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, kicked, blasted through the air, stabbed with laser sword, shirt-grabbed, punched, slammed against a wall, pulverised (they respawn), hit with objects, drugged, kidnapped, tied up, hooded, pursued, knocked down, decapitated (zombie), attacked with axes/knives/weapons, zapped/electrocuted, dunked in freezing water, burned with blue flame, thrown out of moving vehicle. Suicide reference (a man makes to jump out of a window before being grabbed back). Man on fire. Sword fighting, axe through door, drone smashed, doors kicked in. Cars are crashed, knocked off a racetrack, cut with saw, hit by a train/truck/wrecking ball, eaten, crushed, stomped on, exploded, set on fire, rammed. Derailed train, truck rammed. Explosions. A residential tower block explodes (occupants inside). Mass panic. Screaming, roaring, arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: Corpse in coffin. River of blood. Robot's fingers blown off, a robot is set alight, a robot falls into lava. Rotting woman/zombies, arm falls off, eyeball dislodges and rolls away, decapitated zombies. A dinosaur is neck-sliced. An alien (costume) breaks through a man's chest, a character has a skull in his chest. Bloody arm, nose. Cut on face, bruised/scraped faces. Skull gun. When avatars are killed in virtual reality some gore is visible; some throw out coins.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting. Nude female in bathroom (breasts exposed). Cleavage, skimpy costumes. A character says, "like hos on Santa". A flashing sign advertised exotic dancers.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Characters are drugged. Alcohol (beer bottles, wine bottles). Smoking (cigar). Nightclub setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, balls, p*ssed. Name-calling (d*ckweed, idiot, losers, corporate a**hole, hater, maniacal overlord, bad*ss, newbie, buckaroo, colossal douchebag, etc). Religious references (goddamn, how the hell, damn, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Virtual reality, gaming, Easter eggs, avatars, quests, missions, puzzles, 1980s, Stephen King, The Shining, zombies, corporate greed, slave labour, breadcrumbs.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead colleague/friend/icon. Dead aunty. Dead wife mentioned (news article about cancer death), dead parents, dead father mentioned. King Kong character, Chuckie doll. Brief subtitles. Based on the novel by Ernest Cline.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Action-packed, upbeat, fast-paced, astonishing, relentless, nostalgic, immersive, mesmerising, blockbuster, crowd-pleasing, stylised, clever, frenetic, fun. Overwhelming CGI, effective motion-capture performances, ever-changing landscapes, rock-heavy soundtrack, satisfying conclusion.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong. Begins with a mountain of voice-over, drags a little toward the end, lacks character development/drama, lacks nuance, relies on narrative covenience/coincidence, half-assed/inauthentic love story.

Black Panther (2018)

Published in B
Monday, 19 February 2018 04:00
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch

    Panther is the new Black.

  • Starring

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Florence Kasumba, John Kani

  • Directed by

    Ryan Coogler

  • Running time

    134 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, poisoned, kicked, hit with objects, flipped, thrown into objects, speared, hit, roundhouse-kicked, wrestled, buried alive (ceremonial), headbutted, head-slammed, impaled, thrown through the air/over a balcony, stabbed, punched, arm-snapped, shirt-grabbed, ran over (car), thrown out of moving car, throat-grabbed, handcuffed, tied up, thrown over a waterfall, near hit by downed aircraft, throat-slit, blasted with electricity bolt, beaten, shoulder-charged. A man's prosthetic arm is ripped off. Stick fighting, fist fighting. Vehicle chases, vehicles crash into trees/cars/busy pedestrian areas, car flipped, car blown apart. Air battles; downed aircraft. Explosions, grenade thrown, objects shot, burning objects. Smashed glass, theft. Animation sequence of tribal wars (guns/spears), military aircraft. People wear scary tribal masks with sharp teeth. Yelling, roaring, screaming, gorilla grunting. Many lives lost, terrorist attack, assassinated leaders, killed own brother, confirmed kills in Afghanistan, war in Iraq mentioned. A man says, "I will feed you to my children". Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Bloody mouth, faces, heads, cuts, scratches, chest, gashes, bullet wounds, spear wounds, shirt; sliced torso, cheek, arm, leg. Body bag dragged. Red/swollen lips, scars, scarification. Bone-cracking, arm-snapping sounds heard. Patient on stretcher.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless men, skimpy (traditional) clothing. Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, cocktails, spirits). People drink a sacred potion that makes their veins blacken beneath their skin. People drink a potion that puts them into a trance where they can speak with deceased ancestors. Casino, bar settings. Streets run with drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word, a-word. Name-calling (genius, murderer, idiots, showoff, outsider, crazy, coloniser, charlatan, killmonger, clown, princess, etc). Obscene finger gesture. Religious exclamations (whatever the hell, oh my god, hell off a move, what the hell, etc).

  • THEMES

    Tribes, leadership, family, tradition, community, ceremony, exes, pride, identity, responsibility, victory, healing, arms dealing, fratricide, siblings, race wars, CIA, vibranium.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead son. Dead husband/father (seen in flashback), dead girlfriend. Casino, bar settings. African animals, panthers, barking dog, horses, cattle, sheep, flock of birds, giant rhino creatures. Waterfall, helicopter. Tanning/drying animal skins. Fur worn. Ivory traders mentioned. Subtitles. Mid-credits scene, end-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Spectacular, real, roaring, grounded, fantastical, joyous, quirky, confident, stylish, epic, gripping, soulful, nuanced, political, cultural, grounded, Afrocentric, feminist, high-tech, earnest, excellent, rousing, dramatic, relevant, thrilling, alive, fresh, subversive, uproarious, surreal, fun, futuristic, exciting, funny, unique. Memorable/superb/stellar/sensational/terrific/appealing cast, gogreous/vivid/indominitable/non-nonsense/strong/fully formed female roles, standout/tragic/fascinating/charismatic villain, insane action sequences, culturally significant, thematically rich, real-world relevant, wildly inventive costumes/sets/special effects/cinematography, propulsive/rhythmic score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Starts slowly with an underwhelming action sequence, some battle scenes are shot in turbulent closeup, CG backdrops verge into screensaver territory, occasional pacing lapses, overfamiliar/conventional three-act story.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Published in S
Monday, 03 July 2017 04:01
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch

    Kid's got a future.

  • Starring

    Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine

  • Directed by

    Jon Watts

  • Running time

    133 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are thrown through the air/to the ground/into objects/into and through vehicles, punched, pushed, head-slammed, threatened with guns/death, mocked, blasted with alien laser guns, dragged behind a van, smashed into objects, splashed, hit by car, frozen mid-air, hit with objects, kicked, dropped from up hight/caught in a parachute/near-drowned, incinerated, bound/tied up with spider web, thrown overboard, crushed beneath falling concrete. Mass property damage (vehicles, shops, buildings, street, etc). Burning engines on aircraft/engine falls off/ freefalling plane/plane crash/burning debris. Explosion on ferry; ferry on fire/split on half/shot up/flooded. Exposion in national monument, elevator in freefall; broken glass, people trapped in elevator. Burning shop/street. Crashed/damaged cars; a car crashes into a bay of bicycles; reckless driving; car rollover. Objects dropped/smashed/shot. Foiled ATM robbery. Weapons/skills training, web grenade. Screaming. "People could've died", "I will kill you and everybody you love", "We're going to die", "I didn't want to lose a student on a school trip again", "slice his throat" mentioned. Criminal homicide, war criminals mentioned. Blood/gore: Small spots of blood on forehead, mouth, nose, head, cheek, lip. Bloodshot eye. Bruising, scars, grazes.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless teen, teen in boxers, teens in swimwear, cleavage. Dressing/undressing, flirting, bum-slapping, kissing. Jokes about hot mother, your daughter, puberty. Teens play the game of Who Would You Rather F*uck/Marry/Kill. A teen says he was looking at porn. A man says to a teen "You screwed the pooch/raised the hybrid puppies".

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Teens at a party carry red cups (contents unknown/alcohol assumed). Bourbon, Scotch mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-word, a-words, bastards, crap, shut up, ballsy. Name-calling (Pen*s Parker, crazy, losers, old man, monster, idiots, big bird, bad guy, bozos, psychopath, etc). Religious exclamations (what the hell, oh my god, thank god, oh god, damn, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Superheroes, high-school geeks, arms dealers, New York City, alien weapons, internship, modified technology, responsibility, teen crushes, coming-of-age, science, academic decathlon, teamwork, detention.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Prison setting. Planes, helicopters. Spider robots/drones, cat, dog, rats, seagulls. Winged villain with green eyes. Used chewing gun on ceiling. End-credits scene, post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Human, enchanting, grounded, sweet, witty, fast-moving, entertaining, razor-sharp, crowd-pleasing, whip-smart, slick, ambitious, light, snappy, hilarious, buoyant, fun, giddy, teen-oriented, exciting. A-list/diverse/rich supporting cast, terrific/charming/relatable/sensational/funny/awkward/believable/affable performance by Tom Holland, relatable/refreshing villain, stellar first act, finely crafted script, inventive plot, pared-down/comprehensible action sequences, fun cameos, surprising/seat-edge/fiery/cathartic finale, stylish direction, avoids backstory.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overcrowded (in a good way), disposable. Frustrating/weightless CGI, uninspired action sequences, severely underwritten female characters, many suspension-of-disbelief plot holes, a little patchy/shallow/eager/prosaic.

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Published in T
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 00:41
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  • Rating

    M: Action violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Saves the best till Last.

  • Starring

    Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Santiago Cabrera, Isabela Moner, Jerrod Carmichael, Stanley Tucci, Liam Garrigan, Martin McCreadie, Rob Witcomb, Gemma Chan, John Turturro, Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Erik Aadahl, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Jim Carter, Steve Buscemi, Omay Sy, Reno Wilson, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny

  • Directed by

    Michael Bay

  • Running time

    149 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot (burning arrows/guns/missiles), decapitated (non-humans), slashed/stabbed with swords, impaled, blasted through the air/into a windscreen, thrown off horses, slammed against walls/to the ground, chained, pursued, dragged behind a horse, flipped, pushed/shoved, wrestled, attacked by a giant three-headed bird-creature, roped, blown apart (non-human), leg-grabbed, hit with objects, dangled upside-down, kicked, face-grabbed, slapped, flicked, bitten, near-crushed, punched through a window, near-hit by cars/robots, near-strangled, kidnapped, hit by a truck, head-rammed, hit by a giant wave, stomped on, dismembered (non-human), almost throat-slit (sword at throat). Horses fall in battle, a mosquito-robot is squished, fish are bashed against the ground/kicked (later seen as sashimi). Mid-air battles, planes catch on fire/crash to ground, crash-land. Submarines collide, a deep sea exploration vessel collides with an underwater alien ship. People slide down embankments/roofs/objects, dangle precariously, freefall long distances. A character evaporates when shot. Explosions, fireballs, people/objects on fire, charred toys/possessions/objects. High-speed vehicle chases, rollovers, collisions, flips, cars t-boned, car hit by missile; a car knocks over a row of bicycles while parking. Cities invaded, debris/rubble, broken glass, destroyed sporting stadium, extensive damage to moon/planets, famous cities/monuments/landmarks destroyed, giant alien ship crashes to earth tearing up ground; a church is shot up/wrecked. Drones shot/crash into ground. Military aircraft, ships, personnel, base. A man claims an object in his possession is the watch that killed Hitler. Flashback scene of Nazi Germany (swastikas, flags, soldiers seen). Photograph of soldiers in trenches. Screaming, arguing, yelling, roaring. Kidnapping, hot-wiring car, bank robbery, aggravated assault, double murder, triple murder mentioned. People say "I'll punch you in the face real hard", "I will kill you", "you'll wish you'd died", "kill them", "shoot me", etc. Blood/gore: Decapitated heads and limbs (non-human), sword through face (non-human). Bloody heads, arms, faces, cuts, knuckles, horses, scratches, armour; dripping blood. A coffin is carried during a medieval funeral ceremony, a coffin is opened (decayed corpse inside). Green goo resembling blood/saliva. Bruising, oxygen masks. Museum setting (dinosaur skeletons/bones/artifacts seen). Nine dead (bank robber), tens of millions will die (planet desctruction) mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting, hugging. Skimpy clothing, cleavage, shirtless men, boys in tribal clothing. A group of women think that sounds of a room being destroyed is a result of a couple having sex. A man and a woman tease a man about his lack of sex life (chaste, no woopie mentioned). A group of women pester a younger woman about being single/finding a man, women read dating advertisements for men seeking women and women seeking women. A man says he would give up women as part of a deal then changes his mind. A boy says "I love her" about a girl he just met. A character says "you're always single" as a derogatory comment. A man refers to a woman as a princess in a stripper dress. I Transformer says he is going to slather himself in oil. Hook-up site, junk in her trunk, goat scrotum, snuggling mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, champagne, cocktail). A man drinks from a bottle then says "I'm sozzled". Smoking (cigars, pipe). Gambling (friends play a game of cards). Giving up drink, drinking problem mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, p*ss, crap, frigging, shut up. Name-calling (b*tch, so-called, worthless drunkard, liar, charlatan, crazy, baby, wusses, fool, idiot, chief, skank, stray, J-Lo, tough guy, bad*ss, monsters, d*ckheads, treacherous, leprechaun, clumsy, crazy ninja butler, little Miss Sunshine, old timer, dude, princess in a stripper dress, fusspot, 4ft mental psychopath, sociopath, rude, Sherlock, small, ugly, traitor, etc). Religious references and exclamations (god, damn, oh my god, what the hell, go to hell, Christ alive, oh hell, give them hell, god speed, hail Mary, etc). Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Transformers, Autobots, Decepticons, the end of the world, invasion, saving the world, family, father-daughter relationships, legacy, myths, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin, magic, Stonehenge, history, bravery.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friends, dead employer. Dead wife, estranged daughter, dead parents, uncle committed suicide mentioned. Deep sea, outer space, junkyard, submarine, tomb settings. Helicopters, jets. Dogs, horses, fish, eels, jellyfish, whale, dragon. Creatures with multiple heads, sharp teeth/claws, metallic skin/feathers, tentacles, fire-breath, red/blue/purple glowing eyes, spider-like legs, dinosaur-shaped bodies. Space ships/weapons/stations (giant alien stuff), broken planet. Fur worn, sushi served. Spitting. End-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Entertaining, watchable, over-the-top, hyperactive, fan-pleasing, big-budget, beautiful, bombastic, uproarious, PG-friendly. Exciting/impressive/visually arresting action scenes, spectacular/gorgeous visuals, massive set pieces, nonstop pace, some funny moments, enjoyable climax, Sir Anthony Hopkins has a great time.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Exhausting, loud, disjointing, confusing, convoluted, long, messy, tinnitus-inducing, steroidal, infantile, pointless, illogical, empty, bland, pandering, chaotic, materialistic. Bombastic soundtrack, familiar/flimsy/hackneyed/pointless/recycled plotting, on-the-nose/cringeworthy/expositional dialogue, some indistinguishable bots/muddled action scenes, weak female characters.

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Published in A
Thursday, 18 May 2017 22:13
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong science fiction themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    The MU-TH-UR of science-fiction franchises returns.

  • Starring

    Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby

  • Directed by

    Ridley Scott

  • Running time

    122 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters suffer a jaw ripped off by alien's tail, hand torn off, nail through chin, foot caught in door. Hatching alien explodes through chest. Characters (people/synthetics/aliens) are shot, set alight, torn in half, impaled, tackled, thrown, decapitated, hit by objects, thrown into wall, punched, kicked, stabbed, maimed, slashed, cut, dangled over the edge of a launching spacecraft, face-hugged, bitten by aliens, sucked out into space. An alien punches through the back of person's head and out the other side. Gunfire causes ship exlosion, flash bomb set off, objects knocked over. Spaceship damaged by solar flare (objects knocked over/people fall down/fires/vomiting, sirens sounding), a storm causes dangerous entry into a planet's atmosphere. Aliens break glass windows with their heads, aliens burst out of bodies, power core violently ripped out of synthetic's neck. Story heard of a ship that disappeared ten years ago. Reference to virus causing ship to crash resulting in pathogen killing people or using them as incubators. Screaming, arguing. Murder mentioned. Blood/gore: A wispy smoke-like creature enters people via their ears or noses causing illness (paleness, sweating, dizziness, vertigo, coughing, fatigue, breathlessness, bleeding from mouth/nose, spitting blood, violent shaking) before creature claws its way out of the host's back. Person dies and falls over as baby alien starts ripping into their body and feeding on them. Bloody faces, clothes, bodies, window; pooling blood, blood spatter on walls, people bleeding, puncture wounds on arms, organs. Blood spat into face, alien and blood spurting out of person's mouth. Burning person crawling out of wreckage after an explosion. Burned corpse (body trapped in burning cryogenic tube). Convulsing, coughing. Alien and human autopsied corpses, giant bug samples seen, drawings of human muscular system. Removal of deceased embryos from cryogenic stasis/bloody fluid underneath storage units. Acid burn from face-hugger on person's cheek (wound dressed with skin patch), bandages, skin seals, synthetic stapling cut on cheek. Cities with bodies of population preserved in black/ash-like material. Dead bodies/reference to 47 colonists, 16 embryos and 1 crew member. Funeral scene, grave site.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman is forcibly kissed while being pinned down (attempted rape implied). A nude couple are interrupted having sex in the shower (breasts visible). Kissing (m/f, m/m), flirting, hugging. Cleavage, clingy t-shirt. Flirty language ("behave yourself with my wife"). Reference to synthetics loving humans.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits). Smoking (cigar, cigarettes).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations (Jesus, what the hell, God damn, damn it, Devil, etc). Reference to urination ("I gotta take a leak").

  • THEMES

    Science fiction, space travel, synthetics, androids, angst, death, grief, faith, deadly pathogens, cryogenics, hyper-sleep, colonisation, the God complex, solar flares, spaceship maintenance.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead spouses/colleagues/friends. Funeral scene (body jettisoned into space), grave site. Big scary aliens with leathery skin, sharp teeth, slimy skin and drool. Spitting, vomiting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Satisfying, fresh, vital, intelligent, tense, well-crafted, fast-paced, thrilling, creepy, stylish, ambitious, fascinating. Elegant/spare opening, gross-out/disgusting/gruesome/gory/spectacular deaths, fabulous/twisty ending, convincing performances, stunning/grandiose visuals, superb effects, hilarious/fleeting cameo by James Franco, lovely/powerful score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar, routine, long, tropey. Suffers some lag in the second act, a little too much exposition, some random/underdeveloped characters, some disposable/uninspiring action-movie theatrics.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Published in G
Saturday, 22 April 2017 23:34
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  • Rating

    M: Science fiction themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    So much gold.

  • Starring

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan

  • Directed by

    James Gunn

  • Running time

    137 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters/creatures are shot (laser guns/arrow), punched, thrown/blasted through the air, hit with a tentacle, dragged, stabbed, eaten, slapped, roped, ridden, dangled over high ledges, thrown from high landings, swallowed, sliced open, grabbed, handcuffed, bashed into trees, teased (turd in pillowcase/I will shave you/dowsed in alcohol), bitten, hit with tranquiliser darts, electric-shocked, face-grabbed, caged, ejected into space (fatal), kicked, tripped, crushed, pursued, trapped in a burning ship, throat-grabbed, near-choked, slammed against walls, impaled, sucked into the earth (like quicksand), buried alive. Blade held to throats. Planets invaded by giant blue energy goo, mass panic, cars thrown through the air (many deaths implied). Spider creature squished and eaten. Spaceships shot, crash-landed. Objects thrown/shot, burning objects/trees, objects smashed, table banged with fist. Explosions. Arguing, yelling, screaming, pleading. Sisters say they hate each other. Killing you/them, stealing/thieving, sold into slavery mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead bodies (creatures and humanoid). Corpses floating in space. Cavern of bones, skeletons, skulls. When characters are electric-shocked, blue veins and skulls are visible. A humanoid creature dissolves into sand/transforms using rock/earth/matter, face-melts, appears as a half-human/half-energy creature. Skin freezes/splits/cracks when exposed to freezing space temperatures (fatal). Burning man. Bloody face, lips, mouth, grazes, clothing, arrow wounds, shooting wounds. Cut on neck, dislodged eyeball, severed thumb, burned/charred skin, glazed-over eyes, giant beating brain. Faces/heads/eyes bend out of shape when travelling through portals. Greenish-yellow blood/goo (lots). Red cells inside plant matter. Characters with broken teeth, scaly/wrinkled skin, antennae, claw/mechanical hands, scars. Broken jaw, brain cancer, brain tumour mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man buttons his pants in a (implied) brothel. Kissing, hugging, flirting. A man gags at the thought of intimacy with a woman he calls ugly, gross and hideous. Shirtless men, girls in skimpy clothing (implied prostitutes). Sensitive nipples, engorged nether regions, hooked up with hot women mentioned. Birthing, pregnancy, impregnating, penises, many couplings discussed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (drinking from tumblers/goblets; a character is dowsed in alcohol; intoxication). Characters hit with tranquiliser darts.

  • LANGUAGE

    Frikkin', a-words, a-words, sonofab*tch, d*ck, turd, penis, crap, scrotum, p*ssing. Name-calling (conceited, douchebag, foolish, idiots, Star-munch, stupid, trash panda, fool, evil, supervillain, pathetic, triangle-faced monkey, old woman, orphan boy, rat, blue idiot, weak, stupid, moronic, hideous, ugly, gross, bug-lady, flea, jerk, drama queen, twig, maniac, insufferable, psychopath, loser, Smurfette, fox, dufus, crappy puppy, boring, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh God, damn it, who the hell, go to hell, I don't give a damn, oh my God, what the hell, oh hell, hell yeah, etc).

  • THEMES

    Galaxy-defending (damn universe won't save itself), family, parentage, sisters, friends, teamwork, father-son relationships, father figures, empathic abilities, betrayal, rejection, immortality, death.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father dead father figure, dead friend. Dead mother, watching mother die, dead/killed friends mentioned. Funeral, burial. Raccoon, fish. Scary giant creature with sharp teeth and tentacles, small rat-like creatures with sharp teeth, flying insect creature, birds/owls. Lightning, full moons, fireworks, earthquakes. Turds discussed, urination, spitting, saliva, vomit. Fur bedding. Bright light flashes. Five end-credits scenes.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    (tbc)

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    (tbc)

Colossal (2016)

Published in C
Friday, 21 April 2017 06:32
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Gloria-ous.

  • Starring

    Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Hannah Cheramy, Nathan Ellison, Sarah Surh

  • Directed by

    Nacho Vigalondo

  • Running time

    110 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are slapped, punched, kicked, grabbed, bitten, thrown to the ground, hit with objects, slammed into walls, picked up by a monster and thrown (fatal), struck by lightning. People fall over, trip over, fall out of bed. A missile launched into a monster causes sympathetic pain in a human. A person stomping causes a city to be destroyed and people killed (implied). Implied deaths caused by a person tripping over. Bullying, blackmailing and controlling behaviour (forcing an alcoholic to drink, threats that people will die/neighbourhoods will be destroyed if a person doesn't comply with demands). A monster causes damage to buildings (knocking into buildings, destruction, rubble, burning buildings, building knocked into car causing it to crash). Objects thrown during argument/in frustration, objects slammed into walls. A firework is lit indoors causing bottles to break, sparks to hit things and room set on fire (arson). A person lets themselves into another's house then waits for them in the dark. A child stomps on another child's project. Story heard about police looking for a man because he beat up his boyfriend. Article with headline "Seoul under attack". Yelling, arguing, mass fear/panic, screaming. People being almost crushed, breaking a window, fist fighting mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood running down forehead after lightning strike, cuts on face, cut on finger, black eye with blood clot. Limping. Hundreds of deaths (implied).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed together (sex implied). Flirting, hugging, suggestive dancing. Innuendo ("note the fingers gyrating around the entertainment area"). Shirtless man in bed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Implied drug use (cocaine). Alcohol (beer/spirits/bar setting). Alcoholism (intoxication, hangover, discussion of drinking problems, lying to cover up behaviour, forgetfulness, drink driving). Smoking (cigarettes).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, p*ss. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Mental illness, psychic connections, alcoholism, relationships, paranoia, hoarding, jealousy, control, collateral damage, self-importance.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead parents mentioned. Giant monster, giant robot. Person out of work for a year. Relationships issues (break up, kicking out of apartment). Nervous tick (head-scratching), falling asleep/passing out in public places. Mother's face scratched out in photo. Person jumping from window into pool. Lightning.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Hilarious, absurd, strange, ridiculous, bizarre, ambitious, chilling, brilliant, genre-melting, wry, black, smart, snappy, oddball, original, enjoyable, fun. Ingenious/amusing/outré/high-concept/compellingly odd premise, fierce/self-mocking performance by Anne Hathaway, economical use of CGI, operatic finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Frustrating, safe, underdeveloped, thin, overlong. Odd tonal shifts, pedestrian plot, fumbling performance by Jason Sudeikis, fades into generic silliness/broad comedy, not as weird as it should be.

Power Rangers (2017)

Published in P
Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:57
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and science fiction violence.

  • The pitch

    Protects the light.

  • Starring

    Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G., Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader

  • Directed by

    Dean Israelite

  • Running time

    124 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, drowned, tied up, gagged, thrown through the air/against a wall, shoved, slapped, bullied, headbutted, dragged, levitated, attacked by a witch-creature for their gold-plated teeth, near-choked, punched, tackled, elbowed, flipped, throat-grabbed, crushed under foot, frozen, run through with swords; fist-fighting. A teen boy falls backward off a cliff. Vehicle rollovers/crashes/pursuits; cars crushed/thrown/rammed. Vehicle collision/rollover seen from in-car perspective (crunching metal, cracked windscreen, injured driver, etc). A meteor/a spaceship crash into earth. Explosion, rockslide, exploding glass, shop destroyed. Objects melt/explode/knocked out of a student's hand/smashed/banged with fists/eaten (jewellery)/burned. Fight training/sparring. A photo is cut in half/pinned to a wall with scissors. A girl explains in several scenes how she punched a teen boy's tooth out. A teen boy tries to snap another boy's wrist. Mass panic, invaded town/mass property destruction. A bull is stolen (high school prank). Yelling, arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Dead bodies (slimy alien, bloated human, ashen, decaying). Bloody lips, faces, heads, nose, forehead/hair, knuckles, grazes, cuts, scratches. Veins bulging blue/black beneath skin. Witch's staff made from gold teeth, human jawbone. Dislodged teeth. A man grabs his leg after being shot (implied).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Hugging. Teen girl in underwear, shirtless teen boys. Several scenes discuss sharing a nude photo of a teen girl. Teen boys joke about having "milked" a bull (bovine masturbation implied).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Prescription pills consumed. A mother orders her child to "pee in that cup" on suspicion of drug use. Beers in the fridge mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Motherf--, s-words, a-words, crap. Name-calling (weirdos, criminals, bully, crazy, bitch, douchebag, dumb, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh my God, what the hell, van full of nuns, etc).

  • THEMES

    Power Rangers, superheroes, super strength, super powers, secret identities, androids, teenagers, gold, mining, death, resurrection, good vs evil, saving the universe, teamwork, unlikely heroes, leaders, morphing, social outcasts.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friend, sick/dying mother, dead colleague. Cemetery, funeral setting. Bull, fish (flopping/frozen/caught in net), scorpion. Scary witchy creature, giant gold monster, giant robot, rock creatures. Brief subtitles (alien and Chinese languages). Brief strobe/flash editing. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Playful, entertaining, fan-friendly, contemporary, goofy, glossy, absurd, engaging, campy, nostalgic, bright, fun, harmless, humorous, chaotic, silly, grounded, character-driven. Relatable/charismatic/charming/appealing/likable/empathetic/diversive characters, strong chemistry between leads, cohesive storytelling, creepy/campy villain, seamless/thrilling CGI, gritty/grave/dramatic/personal at times.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Misconceived, slipshod, ugly, incompetent, repetitive, predictable, underwhelming, dour, middling. Borderline-incomprehensible prologue, ugly/incomprehensible/mild finish, chaotic/murky/mediocre/mild/jarring action scenes, craven/ubiquitous/egregious product placement, heavy-handed team bonding scenes.

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Published in K
Monday, 06 March 2017 02:37
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  • Rating

    M: Sustained threat, action violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    It's on like Kong.

  • Starring

    Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell

  • Directed by

    Jordan Vogt-Roberts

  • Running time

    118 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide mission (grenades). Characters are shot, impaled, eaten, stomped on, crushed, bitten, pursued, carried away by creatures, sliced, slashed, thrown through the air/to the ground, hit with objects, blown up by seismic charges/grenades, threatened, held at gunpoint/knifepoint, wrapped up in spider webbing, burned, head/body-slammed, chained, shot with flare. People fall from very high up. Mid-air collisions, helicopter crashes, helicopters grabbed/torn apart/smashed together/punched out of the sky. A creature rips another creature's tongue out. A man's palms are sliced while holding on to the blade edge of a sword, a man's arm is ripped off, a woman almost drowns. Explosions, burning lake (napalm). Archival footage of war, trenches, soldiers, artillery, protests, military aircraft/warships/submarines. Missing ships and planes, Bermuda triangle, nuclear tests, Cold War, fighting the Nazis mentioned. Roaring, arguing. Blood/gore: Dead soldiers, dead creatures. A creature spews out a human skull. Bloody heads, faces, knuckles, fingers, hands, lips, noses, arms, fur, cuts, scratches. Limbs/tentacles are ripped/hacked off. Blood spatter (red/blue), insect goo. Burning fur/flesh. A man slices his finger on a tin. Freshly-dug graves, skeletons. Archival footage of injured soldiers being carried. Bandaged hand.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Brothel setting, exotic dancing, women in lingerie. Shirtless men. Hugging.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, shots). Smoking (cigarettes, Dieu Cay pipes). Anti-malarial medication mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-word, a-words, b*tch, bastards, balls. Name-calling (crackpot, crazy, sonofab*tch, dumb*ss, idiots, etc). Religious exclamations (damn, I'll be damned, oh God, Oh my God, what the hell, thank God, this place is hell, who in the hell, etc).

  • THEMES

    King Kong, remote islands, expedition, survival, seismic charges, revenge, photojournalism, sacrifice, World War II, Vietnam War, hollow earth theory, tracking.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (plane crash), dead family mentioned. Dead friends/soldiers/colleagues. Estranged family. Helicopters, lightning, thunder, full moon. Flock of birds, dragonfly, deer, fireflies, moths, flies. Giant creatures shaped like gorillas, water buffalo, spiders, lizards, octopus, stick/log insects. Spitting. Hot dog eaten. Very brief Japanese dialogue (subtitles). Post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Entertaining, effects-driven, action-heavy, pacey, audacious, outrageous, characterful, accomplished, eccentric, retro, exciting, visceral, silly, breezy, goofy, satisfying, fun, polished. Warm/funny/moving/scene-stealing/hilarious/soulful performance by John C. Reilly, multi-dimensional/accessible characters, fearsome/observant/sensitive/tragic/muscular/towering Kong, inventive/exciting monster scenes, wild/flamboyant/electrifying/captivating/memorable action, mind-blowing/astonishing CGI, creative/graphic deaths, throwaway humour, avoids many genre clichés, ravishing/deep/swoony cinematography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Predictable, uneven, overblown, clichéd. Pithy screenplay, some weak/dumb characters, leaden dialogue.

Logan (2017)

Published in L
Thursday, 23 February 2017 21:27
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence.

  • The pitch

    The silver bullet.

  • Starring

    Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Richard E. Grant, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, Quincy Fouse

  • Directed by

    James Mangold

  • Running time

    137 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicides (jumping off roof, grenade). People (including children) are shot, slashed, stabbed, pursued, punched, kicked, decapitated, maimed, tackled, beaten, stomped on, thrown through the air/against objects/to the ground, harpooned, impaled, experimented on, grabbed, injected, immobilised by a loud tone/pulse, threatened, hit with objects, dragged, smacked, restrained, hand/leg-cuffed, flipped, exploded, throat-grabbed, frozen, cocooned, pistol-whipped, crushed. Children are euthanased (implied). A child repeatedly slits her own arm (it heals after each cut). Vehicles shot, hit with objects, exploded, kicked; wrecked car, smashed windscreen, motorcycle crashes, train-dodging, car spinout. Objects thrown/smashed/hit with fists. A man says "somebody poisoned our dogs". Weapon of mass destruction, raising killers mentioned. Shoplifting, theft, break-and-enter. Arguing, yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Dead body. Dismembered limbs, decapitated head. (Very) bloody heads, arms, faces, mouths, hands, fingers, legs, cuts, scratches, clothing, objects, wounds, bandages. Blood spatter. Glob of flesh in sink, coughing up blood, dripping blood. Burning/searing flesh, bubbled skin, IV drip in arm. Operating theatre with blood on tables/instruments. Bullet casings are popped out from flesh. Child on table with limbs sliced open. Injections (close-up of needles entering flesh). Weapons seen protruding through skin/heads/faces/throat. Bruising, scars, bloodshot eyes. Operating rooms with blood on tables/objects. Wound-dressing, healing, bandaging, arm in sling. Convulsing (seizures), arm-slitting, collapsing, wheezing. Man in wheelchair, people in hospital beds. Disembowled family, polio, Alzheimers, degenerative brain disease mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    An intoxicated woman flashes her breasts. Shirtless man. Castrated mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People are injected with serum. A man takes pills in several scenes. A man buys a bag of drugs from a hospital porter. Alcohol (beer, spirits, champagne). Alcohol dependency, intoxication. Smoking (vaping, cigars, cigarette advertisement). Gambling (casino patrons bet on horse races). Junkie, ibuprofen mentioned. Casino, bar settings.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling (crazy, junkie, stupid, disappointment, assassin, animal, Nosferatu, mutants, bad, fat, savages, etc). Religious references and exclamations (God's plan, God's mistake, God knows, Jesus, damn, who the hell, etc).

  • THEMES

    Wolverine, mutants, paternity, mentors, survival, chronic pain, ageing, death, murder, Shane (1953), adamantium, albinos, tracking, guardianship, alcohol dependency, seizures, sacrifice, healing, telepathy, chauffers, family.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead loved ones, mentors, wife, child, family, father, caretakers. Grave digging. Pediatric cancer mentioned. Helicopter, drone. Cemetery, funeral, laboratory, casino, bar settings. Spitting, drool, toilet. Horses, dog. Taxidermy animal head, antlers on wall. No end-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Tense, gripping, violent, paranoid, brutal, risky, affecting, standalone, urgent, satisfying, involving, poignant, funny, cohesive, gripping, scruffy, dystopian, wholehearted, touching, bloody, downbeat, rousing, savage, weary, human, entertaining, topical, self-aware, emotional. Impressive performances, detailed/visceral/creative/nasty/earned/grave/serious violence, nerve-stiffening/accomplished composition and framing, nervy/evocative/perfect/elegant/fine score, evocative/believable production design, a fitting farewell.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    A little long, loses momentum in final half hour, some scrappy sequences/detours.