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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 6)

Here are my quick takes on the genre-related films I’ve watched in the last several weeks…

  1. The Happening (2009) – Suspenseful for about the first 30 minutes, but when it became Plans vs. Humanity it devolved into nonsense.
  2. Space Chimps (2008) – If you squint a little, you can find a decent time-passing film about smarter-than-human chimps that overthrow an alien overlord.
  3. Resident Evil (2002) – While there’s nothing really new here, it does nicely mix a rogue AI with zombies and mutants, which is always nice.
  4. Shorts (2009) – A fun-but-silly movie about a magical rock that grants wishes, and the kids (and adults) that misuse it.
  5. Dead Like Me: Life After Death (2009) – Offers some (but not all) much-needed closure to the storylines of the season, but the absence of Mandy Patinkin’s Rube character in this black comedy is a serious blow.
  6. A Clockwork Orange (1971) – What starts as a horrific glorification of violence in Act I turns to a thoughtful dissertation on crime and rehabilitation in Act II. The inevitable act III, however, felt more drawn out than it needed to be.

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 6)

  1. The first thing I could think of when seeing that you watched “The Happening” was, “I’m so sorry”.  I made the mistake of seeing that in the theater.  More problems with it than I could begin to relate here.  What a mess. 

  2. Can’t say about DVDs or CDs on sci-fi..but I have recently enjoyed a lot by reading books based on science fiction which i bought from A1Books like : Josy – A sci-fi, Doctor Diablo….all were just too engaging and my holidays passed in a jiff :) From the above list Resident Evil: Extinction is the one book that has managed to find place in my book shelf….But again, now i think i must make it for DVDs :)

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