Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.

My brief thoughts follow…

  • Deep Impact (1998) – A disaster movie that focuses not on the disaster (in this case a large comet headed straight for Earth), but what might happen when we learn about it. The idea of survivor lotteries is chilling, marred only by some silly plot decisions and an ending that seems all too predictable and convenient.
  • Real Steel (2011) – This story about a down-and-out robot jockey played by Hugh Jackman is entertaining and fun, and given a moral center by depicting the strained relationship between absentee father and son.
  • John Carter (2012) – Not at all the huge disappointment Internet buzz would suggest. And while the film did have pacing issues (especially early on), it was engaging and offered a plot more complex than your average SciFi adventure and was a reasonable update to the original.

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