Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 4)

As I’ve done before, here are my quick takes on the genre-related films I’ve watched in the last several weeks…


  1. Sin City (2005) – Excellent stories, great characters, fantastic visuals and total immersion.
  2. Race to Witch Mountain (2009) – Well whaddya know? It wasn’t horrible.
  3. Inkheart (2008) – Suprisingly engaging and enjoyable.
  4. District 9 (2009) – There was a lot to like about this film, which was a tasty blend of cognitive dissonance and engrossing action. I liked that it was non-America centric and featured no movie stars.
  5. Steamboy (2004) – A very slow start, but once it got to the steampunk warfare scenes…that was some cool stuff.
  6. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) – The SciFi classic that exhibits an excellent use of metaphor, reflects the science fiction and the society of its time, and is a great story in its own right. The Blu-Ray version features some awesome extras – including a documentary that features appearances by David G. Hartwell and Charles N. Brown.
  7. Alien Trespass (2009) – I had high hopes for this film, but as homage to SciFi films of the 50’s, it was totally uninteresting. And as a parody, it was just unfunny. Either way, it was thoroughly boring.

3 thoughts on “Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 4)”

  1. I wanted to like District 9. But it was way too overhyped for what it was.

    The plot made absolutely no sense. (Engine Fuel shouldn’t turn you into an alien). The way the story was framed as a documentary made no sense. If you are shooting it documentary style, who was taking the footage of him during the manhunt? It’s curious if you consider that he only became historically relevant after the fact but there was a documentary crew on him the entire time this movie happened. And don’t get me started on the “social commentary” that the film was supposed to convey.

    It made no more sense than Transformers. The critics built it up to be see something it wasn’t. I was expecting an intelligent sci-fi film, not just a original popcorn film.

    I really really wanted to like it because it was unique, original sci-fi but it turned out to be a popcorn movie.

  2. What I like about Steamboy is that the evil-fortress-collapsing that takes place in just about every movie takes up the entire last third of the film. That’s a big building!

  3. I caught Race to Witch Mountain on an airplane flight. You’re right, it wasn’t horrible. It wasn’t interesting enough to be horrible. Two stars maybe.

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