- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa – Fullmetal Alchemist, the series, is one of my Top 10 SF Anime shows and the movie doesn’t disappoint. Set two years after the conclusion of the TV series, Ed is in a Weimar era Germany, attempting to stop a German Thule society from opening a door to his universe, while Al is attempting to find a way to rescue Ed. Things don’t necessarily go the way you’d expect and this is definitely the end of the original FMA anime story. A top-notch, pitch perfect addition to the anime series. This should whet your appetite for the new reboot of FMA.
- Natural City – This Korean film tells the story of a cyborg revolt on a future Earth. Borrowing liberally from Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix, Natural City comes across as derivative and recycled. Although the look of the film is well done and the wire-fu bullet time action sequences are pretty cool to watch, there’s not much here to hold the interest for long.
- The Film Crew: Killers From Space – Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett attempt to bring back some of the old Mystery Science Theater 3000 magic to a very horrible, 1950’s SF movie starring Peter Graves. With a movie this bad, the only saving grace is the riffing that goes on during the movie. There are some really good jokes in here, but for the most part they fall a bit flat. Seeing as how The Film Crew only made a couple of DVDs, most people seem to agree.
- Pandorum – I went into Pandorum expecting a mashup of Resident Evil and Alien but, except for a few genuinely creepy moments, the chills are lackluster. What elevates this above average is the nicely plotted story and the end reveal which is both unexpected and explains an apparent glaring science error. It ended up being a bit more than I expected, but not enough to blow mw away.
- Dark City: Director’s Cut – I’d seen the original Dark City before and really liked it, but that was several years ago so I thought I’d try the Director’s Cut. Yup, still really good! I don’t remember enough to make any kind of direct comparison but the story is still very good and
Jack BauerKeifer Sutherland’s turn as Dr. Schreber is a standout. Even though it covers some of the same territory earlier SF movies, Alex Proyas puts his own unique artistic and story spin on the movie that really makes it distinctive. I will say that Rufus Sewell as the protagonist didn’t work for me but that’s just a minor glitch in a movie that SF fans simply should see.
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