Stories about sci-fi

Dull and unfocused, Bird Box is no better than a recycled mix of The Happening and A Quiet Place

Post-apocalyptic movies are a dime a dozen in Hollywood these days. For some reason, this seems to be the latest genre that Hollywood is intent on milking for every buck. Chances are, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, particularly the post-apocalyptic movies that see a group of survivors (from basically every demographic) band together to fight off an evil force, as humanity faces extinction. Be it zombies, monsters, aliens, giant-sized insects or in the case of The Happening, plants. While there is nothing wrong with the genre itself, Hollywood’s approach to making mainstream post-apocalyptic blockbusters remains largely the same ...

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Zero: Too many flaws and not enough ink

Newly released Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan (SRK), Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, reminded me strongly of Shahid Kapoor’s Mausam. Similar to Mausam, Zero has a strong premise.  However, the 20 subplots it takes to explore this subject in a lengthy 165-minutes narrative makes it a tedious watch. It is a film with a good heart but the body of the film has a more acute case of cerebral palsy than the lead character of the film does. Zero has a misleading title. It should have been called six. Or seven. This is the number of stories the ...

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Westworld is everyone’s favourite show, but does anyone really get it?

It might sound a tad bit clichéd, but I don’t usually judge people for their choices in life. No matter how bizarre, absurd or quirky these personal preferences are, you wouldn’t find yours truly judging them. However, there is one major exception to this golden rule of mine. I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you like or want. If you are looking for an opinion from an industry oldie, I can tell you I am not your man. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over ...

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The Meg: Watching Jason Statham kick some prehistoric butt was hellishly entertaining

It was in late 2016 when I found out that Jason Statham was going to star in a movie where he will take on a 75-feet long shark, the Megalodan. After hearing such incredible news, how could you not start rejoicing? In real life, Statham, the man who is known for playing antiheros and “tough-guy” roles, is trained in kung fu, kickboxing and karate and was also selected by Britain’s national diving team to compete in the 1990 Commonwealth Games. A guy like him battling Megalodon (big tooth), one of the most powerful and largest predators to have ever lived, would ...

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The mother of all sharks in ‘The Meg’ will make you rethink going to the beach

Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, a science fiction horror novel penned by Steve Alten and published back in 1997, was a hit amongst avid sci-fi readers. A movie based on the novel has been in development hell since 1997, but the time has finally arrived for Meg to take over the big screen. The movie adaptation, titled The Meg, stars Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor, along with Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Rainn Wilson (The Office), and Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2). Meg is short for Megalodon, a prehistoric 75 feet long shark which is said to have ...

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With classics that stand the test of time, Stanley Kubrick’s odyssey is still shining

Stanley Kubrick still stands, timelessly, as one of Hollywood’s most revered and celebrated filmmakers. His almost maniacal obsession with perfection, symmetry, scale and discipline singles him out as the pioneer of film and cinematography. Kubrick’s genius lies perhaps predominantly in his seamless foray into nearly every genre of film, where he emerges more victorious with every venture. From a dystopian crime drama (A Clockwork Orange) to what I feel is his magnum opus (2001: A Space Odyssey), every genre Kubrick delves into, he handles with extreme precision. What distinguishes him from his contemporaries is his remarkable ability to choose a ...

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5 reasons why ‘The Expanse’ has what it takes to be the new ‘Star Trek’

There is an abundance of science fiction shows on television today. Every TV channel has its horse running in the race to attract the geek fandom and create a following like no other TV show. Over the years, there have been some iconic sci-fi shows that have left a lasting impact on the viewers, and continue to live despite finishing their respective TV runs decades ago. Shows like Star Trek, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica will undoubtedly continue to be watched by generations to come. For how many sci-fi shows that have aired in the past decade could we pass the ...

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In the name of female gender glorification, ‘Annihilation’ presents illogical garbage disguised as sci-fi

It is understandable that when it comes to political correctness in filmmaking, you can’t be too careful in this day and age. One inappropriate casting decision, and you are bashed left, right and centre all over social media, which invariably leads to poor box-office numbers. It is perfectly justified when studios are roasted for absurd whitewashing practices. However, all this racial and gender diversification in movies simply to pander to the supersensitive millennials – who take offense to anything and everything –  is just as absurd as Jake Gyllenhaal playing the Prince of Persia. I am all for strong female ...

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Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ transports you to the 24th century, where death is no longer the ultimate truth

If you think cyberpunk is some new bohemian movement of the current digital age – something I am guilty of doing myself – then you are as far from being correct as a hippy would be from a drug-free lifestyle. Cyberpunk is actually a subgenre of science fiction, in which the setting is futuristic and often dystopian as well.  Technological advancements in such a society are at their peak, along with the disparity between the haves and the have-nots. On the other hand, morality becomes the primary victim; the one thing close to hitting rock bottom. If Blade Runner is the ...

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A Wrinkle in Time: A sweet-less sugar cream pie you never want to taste again

Middle of Nowhere (2012), Selma (2014) and 13th (2016) famed Ava DuVernay is the first African-American director whose work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Golden Globes Award. This year, she is back with a $100 million live-action, sci-fi fantasy film, A Wrinkle in Time. Based on the fiction writer Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 classic novel of the same name, A Wrinkle in Time is a heartless and clumsy film that covers a tussle between the virtuous and the corrupt. L’Engle in her novel adroitly epitomised the immoral and sinful entities with black objects and dark phenomenon. Her book’s evil characters ...

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