Transcendence: Better Than Expected, Poetic Ending

transcendence-movie-posterWhen I first saw a trailer for the movie Transcendence (IMDB/Wikipedia), I thought to myself that the premise was somewhat interesting but the actual plot looked mundane. In other words, I suspected it would be like The Purge (IMDB/Wikipedia). The premise of whether or not a man’s consciousness should be digitized onto a computers and then expanded onto the internet is the sort of sci-fi philosophical conundrum that would pique my curiosity. Unfortunately, the trailer looked like a creepy Johnny Depp just menacing his former wife and then the rest of humanity. Instead of being a movie that would make think, it’d just be a disappointing techno-thriller.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Fine for Kids But Lacking Depth for Adults

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Wikipedia) television show ties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, starting after the events of The Avengers (Wikipedia/IMDB).

I’ve watched up to episode 11 on Youku (神盾局特工 第一季), and I’m not sure I can continue giving the show any more of my attention.

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The Colony: Paul Walker, Bill Paxton, and Morpheus in Ice Age

The Colony movie poster.Overall The Colony (Wikipedia/IMDB) isn’t bad, but it has a sort of “TV movie” or “B movie” sort of feel. The computer generated special effects are decent but just short of convincing, especially in scenes where the camera pans, zooming in or out and over the snowy landscapes.

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The Last Days on Mars: Martians + Earthlings = Space Zombies

The Last Days on Mars movie poster.I love science-fiction. Always have. It’s the genre I gravitate to, and usually the one where I run out of new films to watch.

This evening, I watched The Last Days on Mars (Wikipedia/IMDB), again on PPStream (火星上的最后时日).

The central plot to the movie involves a Mars outpost crew already psychologically fraying after six long and seemingly fruitless months on the Red Planet suddenly discovering alien bacterial life on the day before their replacement crew and ride home to Earth arrives. A mishap occurs and a member of the crew dies but, being exposed to the alien bacteria, is soon reanimated into a zombie-like creature who that goes about attacking the rest of them.

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