100 Word Review – The Matrix (1999)
Currently sitting at 18 on the IMDb Top 250 list, it’s no exaggeration to say that this film was ground-breaking.
Neo (Keanu Reeves) is a computer hacker who is approached by a group of rebels (Carrie-Anne Moss, Lawrence Fishburne) intent on convincing him the world he knows may not be as it appears.
Writing and directing team the Wachowskis (V For Vendetta, Cloud Atlas) spent an $80 million making this the masterpiece that they envisioned and, considering they won four Oscars for the special effects, editing and sound, it was money well spent.
It’s the classic Sci Fi action that you can’t miss!
100 Word Review – Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
This might be my all time favourite film. Who wouldn’t love a film with scenes like this in it?
Arnie is back. But this time he’s the good guy.
The T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has been reprogrammed by John Connor in the future and sent back to defend his younger self (Edward Furlong) from the latest terminator, the T-1000 (Robert Patrick).
Linda Hamilton is back as Sarah Connor and, far from the shy waitress of the first film, she is kicking serious butt.
It won 4 Oscars in 1992 including Best Sound and Visual Effects and is unsurprisingly currently voted number 41 on IMDb.
100 Word Review – The Terminator (1984)
One of the few examples of the first in film franchise not being the best.
Don’t let this put you off. It is a brilliant movie and a corner-stone of 1980s action Sci Fi.
An indestructible cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is set back from the future to murder Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), a waitress who’s unborn son will lead the humans in an war against the machines. Meanwhile a soldier from the future (Michael Biehn) is determined to protect her.
James Cameron’s casting is sublime. Arnie’s unsurprisingly realistic as the emotionless robot. Complete with stop-motion animation, this is an epic action.
100 Word Review – Moon (2009)
I think it is the silence of this film that moves me so completely. Duncan Jones’ debut feature film really does stand out from the crowd.
Sam Rockwell stars as Sam, the man who works on the moon, alone except for his computer GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey).
Rockwell is unbeatable in this role. This film rests firmly on his shoulders and he does not disappoint. It’s not surprising that the role was written for him.
For Sci Fi geeks, this film is full of winks and nods to the genres rich history. This may be the perfect Sci Fi.
100 Word Review – Her (2013)
Set in the not-too-distant future, Joaquín Pheonix plays Theodore, a man who becomes romantically involved in his operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).
This is an example of Spike Jonze at his absolute best, combining the romantic whimsy of his adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are (2009) with the psychological intrigue of Being John Malkovich (1999).
Pheonix does a sterling performance as the lonely writer whose desperation for human contact in a world of screens and computers can be empathised with on a global scale.
This film is perfect for any romantics out there, whether or not they like Sci Fi.