So, this isn’t quite a review – I saw the film this afternoon and wanted to get a few thoughts down before I see it again tomorrow (going with two different groups of friends, it happened by accident). I might do a full review, but I might not. We’ll see. Spoilers, obviously.
Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were some of my favourite films as a child – the second one, especially, which came out when I was six, I can remember going to see in the cinema. I had (still have, actually) a Buzz Lightyear toy and unlike most things I liked as a child (I’m looking at you, Episode 1) I can still bear to go back and watch it today. So, is the third film of the series as good as the first… blah blah, neutral introduction. Look, it’s really good. Really, really, really good. If you haven’t watched it already, go and remedy that right now, because it’s fantastic and the perfect end to the trilogy. Mild spoilers after the jump.
It’s a bit difficult to approach Predators – it’s a good film, not as fantastic as, say, Inception or Toy Story 3 (the other films I saw this week), but entertaining enough for what it is – a decent action film. Plenty of running and shooting and violent evisceration to get you through. Hit the jump for more, and there will be spoilers (though if you’re coming for the plot, you’ll probably be disappointed).
I remember once being told that a fundamental, inviolable rule of storytelling is that you should never end with ‘…and it was all a dream’. Inception is a film all about dreams, the subconscious, and its relationship to reality. At its heart is a man who can’t escape his crushing guilt, and just wants to see his children again. It’s one of the most interesting, action-packed and enjoyable films I’ve seen all year. Hit the jump for my full review, but I wouldn’t if you haven’t seen it. Ambiguous possible spoilers follow. Sort of.
The film critic Mark Kermode has often said the best science-fiction is allegorical, rather than literal, in nature. I’m not a real critic, so I don’t know, but District 9 is certainly steeped in allegory. It’s set in South Africa, and is about a social underclass who the social “elite” minority oppress, and eventually decide to move them all to a numbered district some way outside the city. Yes, this is a story based on apartheid-era South Africa, only rather than black people, the social underclass in the film are aliens. Yes, aliens. However, it’s much more than a metaphor, so hit the jump to find out more…
SPOILERS, by the way!