Contact is a 1997 science fiction drama film directed by a great visual storyteller, Robert Zemeckis. It stars Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, William Fichtner, Tom Skerrit, James Woods, John Hurt, David Morse and Jena Malone. An incredible cast. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan’s 1985 novel of the same name. Carl and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the story outline for the film. Jodie Foster plays the lead role of Dr. Ellie Arroway, a SETI scientist who discovers undeniable evidence of extraterrestrial life, and is chosen to make first contact.
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The Thirteenth Floor is a 1999 sci-fi crime thriller directed by Josef Rusnak and relatively based upon Daniel F. Galouye’s novel Simulacron-3, also published as Counterfeit World (1964). The film stars Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Vincent D’Onofrio and Dennis Haysbert. Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important, but knowing someone is after him, he leaves a letter for his colleague, Douglas Hall, in the virtual reality his company has created. Fuller is murdered in the real world and his colleague is suspected. Douglas finds a bloody shirt in his bathroom and cannot recall what he did during the night Fuller was murdered, so he enters the simulation to find the letter but is confronted with the unexpected.
Continue reading #38 – The Thirteenth Floor – by Nick Andersen
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The film is a sequel and is set 10 years after the events of Rise of The Planet of The Apes (2011). The film follows a group of people in San Francisco struggling to survive while Caeser tries to keep the balance over his community of intelligent apes. You may have seen Tim Burton’s terrible attempt at a remake of the original film, back in 2001 and felt disappointed, but a lot has changed in the special effects department since, and this film is definitely mind blowingly good.
Continue reading #33 – Dawn of The Planet of The Apes – by Nick Andersen
Ex Machina is an R-rated 2015 science fiction thriller film written and directed by Alex Garland. It stars Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno and Oscar Isaac. It tells the story of a programmer who is invited by his employer to perform the Turing test to a humanoid android with artificial intelligence. This is Alex Garland’s first film as a director and after watching it you could say that he struck gold, so to speak. It’s brilliant, clever and psychological. Some say it’s a masterpiece. I say it’s one of the top best of 2015.
Spoilers at the end of the post
Continue reading #20 – Ex Machina – by Nick Andersen
Parallels is a 2015 sci-fi movie directed and written by Christopher Leone, released only to Netflix. It stars Mark Hapka, Jessica Rothe, Eric Jungmann and Constance Wu. They are actors we have never seen before nor the director. This is a project put on Netflix so that someone would hopefully soon turn it into a TV series continuing from the ending. I really hope they make a TV series and you will too if you have watched the movie.
The synopsis is this: a group enters an abandon downtown building which transports them to random parallel versions of Earth. Some slightly different and others a total wasteland.
The story is an intriguing one and mysterious enough. It definitely keeps you watching and waiting for answers. At times it felt like it was lingering a bit too much but during the moment I didn’t know the full picture. Without revealing, I think those times were about character development for us to know for the future of this production.
I can’t say anymore as this isn’t a normal movie but a pilot for a possible TV show. If you like sci-fi films and/or playing with the idea of parallel realities then go watch it! It definitely keeps you entertained. If you don’t have Netflix you can probably find it somewhere else online.
Thanks for reading my short review!
– Nick Andersen
Coherence is a 2013 science fiction thriller indie film directed and written by James Ward Byrkit. It is so much more than what the sypnosis and trailer shows us. I had no idea what I was going to watch. All I knew was that it was a recommended sci-fi thriller. After 15 minutes I was glued to the screen and as the plot developed, I became addicted as the mystery kept growing and feeding my curious mind. What an exciting mind trip! The film has only 8 actors and 95% of the film is inside one house. That leaves the characters to carry the film and wow, they succeeded phenomenally! Truly one of the best science fiction and mind-baffling films I have ever seen. This is the type of film you watch many times, and each time you discover something new.
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Continue reading #16 – Coherence – by Nick Andersen
Mr. Nobody is an R-rated 2009 sci-fi, drama and romance film directed by Jaco Van Dormael starring Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger and Linh Dan Pham. In short, Mr. Nobody is a gem. It’s wonderfully unique. It’s fantastic and complex. Not a lot people will like it, much less understand it. But for those who did understand it, wow, what a story! The theme in this film is about our actions and their repercusions. Cause and effect. It is visually stunning with beautiful close-up shots. Its soundtrack is beautiful and sets the mood just right. From lead singer of 30 Seconds To Mars to his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto is unique in all his activities and does a good job in this one. I was asked by someone if this film was better than n (whichever). I told that person that you cannot compare this to any film. It is however one where you have to pay close attention to, so if you enjoy those kinds, then you’re in for a very interesting ride with this one.
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Deja Vu is a 2006 film directed by the late Tony Scott (1944-2012) starring Denzel Washington, Paula Patton and Jim Caviezel. It is based on a story by writers Bill Marsilii and Terri Rossio. You can never go wrong with a movie if Denzel is in it. You are almost always guaranteed an entertaining one or two hours with his performance and he always delivers the best he can be to the particular role of each film. This was Tony Scott’s second Denzel Washington movie (first being Man On Fire – 2004) and went on to direct two more with him (Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstopabble). For a movie before 2010, and from the many others we’ve seen after, Deja Vu stands out with great action and edge-of-the-seat suspense. Throw in a little Sci-Fi and you’ve got a box office hit.
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Chronicle is a 2012 film directed by Josh Trank starring Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan. It is based on a story by both Josh Trank and writer Max Landis. This is the type of film that is mostly recorded as a first person with old model cameras (2004) and camcorders rather than the professional cinematic cameras that weigh a lot and are highly expensive. The movie is not exactly a superhero one but it deals with superpowers and that is always exciting! Don’t let the first person view throw you off! This independent film really succeeded in creating an enjoyable story with the theme of superpowers.
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