Category Archives: Sci-Fi

Passengers (2016) – Review

In the distant future, a select number of humans attempt to travel to another planet for a better life away from Earth. The journey lasts for decades, so each of the passengers upon the spaceship named Avalon, are put into a state of hibernation. On the journey, however, something unexpected happens – one of the passengers, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), is awoken and must resign himself to not seeing the end of the voyage. Out of loneliness, he starts to question whether or not he should wake other passengers. A fairly unique and well-made film that is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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The Great Wall (2016) – Review

A pair of European mercenaries suddenly find themselves imprisoned within The Great Wall of China, before encountering a secret army that defends and maintains the wall against a horde of horrific creatures, known only as the Tao Tei. William (Matt Damon), one of the mercenaries, must begin his journey toward heroism by joining the huge army of elite Chinese warriors, to confront and conquer, this seemingly unstoppable force. A surprisingly entertaining flick, despite a lot of undeserved backlash upon its original release in 2016.  

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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The Tomorrow War (2021) – Review

The entire world is in disbelief and pure shock, after a small group of time travellers arrive from the near future and alert people to the fact that mankind is losing a global war against an unknown, yet deadly, alien species. Their only hope is to rely on everyday civilians to fight in the future and hopefully triumph against the evil that has been inflicted on the planet. An interestingly unique story that has a fairly long runtime, but at the same time is more than worthy of a watch. The Tomorrow War is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Arrival (2016) – Review

An expert in linguistics, Louise Banks (Amy Adams), fronts a group of elite investigators when twelve unknown spaceships touchdown in twelve different locations around the globe. With tensions between nations soaring, the team of investigators must find a way to communicate with the extra-terrestrial visitors before it’s too late. A highly acclaimed movie that was originally released in 2016 and is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Stowaway (2021) – Review

The highly trained crew of a spacecraft headed to Mars on a dangerous two-year mission, quickly learn that an accidental stowaway is also onboard with them, twelve-hours after takeoff. The crew are too far away from Earth to return to base, and with their own resources diminishing by the day, questions begin to arise regarding how each of the four people will finish the mission safely. Not quite as good as I had hoped and certainly not on the level of similar releases in the same genre, but watchable on the whole.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Greenland (2020) – Review

When a planet-killing comet is scheduled the hit Earth, John Garrity (Gerard Butler), must do everything in his power to ensure his estranged wife, Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son, Nathan (Roger Dale Floyd), survive the potentially deadly event. Amid this terrifying news, panic and anarchy ensues around them, making their quest for survival that little bit more difficult. A relatively promising Sci-Fi released in 2020, that didn’t quite reach the heights expected upon it. It’s worth noting that Greenland is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.
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The Midnight Sky (2020) – Review

Augustine Lofthouse (George Clooney) is a lonely scientist, tormented by elements of his past, living at the Barbeau Observatory in the Artic Circle. He must do his best to prevent a group of astronauts, headed by Sully (Felicity Jones) from returning home to Earth, after a mysterious global calamity alters the course of civilisation as we know it. A visually impressive movie that had been released to Netflix this past Christmas weekend.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Gravity (2013) – Review

After two astronauts are forced to work together to survive an accident leaving them stranded in outer space, things quickly become more complex than they’d originally hoped. Their shuttle is destroyed, leaving them alone, spiralling quickly into the blackness. This highly rated blockbuster managed to claim a staggering seven Oscar awards along with a countless number of other wins and nominations too. A visually spectacular movie but one that didn’t quite live up to the lofty expectations some had set.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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