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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 20): Deep Impact / Real Steel / John Carter

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

6 Comments on Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 20): Deep Impact / Real Steel / John Carter

  1. Given the comments in Deep Impact, I’m surprised it was given more stars than John Carter (I would have given it more stars than either flick).

  2. Paul Weimer // August 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm //

    I think I need to re-watch Deep Impact to really decide how it ranks against Carter. And I have not yet seen Real Steel at all.

  3. What Fred said.

  4. TheAdlerian // August 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm //

    Read the John Carter saga, then rethink your review.

  5. Deep Impact. Saw it ages ago so don’t remember much and can’t really comment.

    Real Steel – I really liked it. The relationship between Jackman’s character and the kid who plays his son was really heart-felt and genuine. Some great comedy moments alongside some really serious stuff. The kid’s character was really spunky and take-charge-attitude, which was another plus for me. Evangeline Lilly doesn’t get to do much but that’s fine I think as the focus of the story is on Jackman, the kid, and the robot. The SFX were also really good, some decent variety in the robots. The plot is predictable yes, but the overall experience is still great. I’d give it a 4/5

    John Carter – Possibly the most underrated major studio movie of the year. Disney really screwed up on the marketing, and all the people who slammed the early pre-release trailer for not being “genuine, accurate” enough sank the film. The bad word-of-mouth this got even before the release didn’t help in any way. And you know what? This movie was fantastic. One of the best of this year. It’s no Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises (the latter I’d actually rate lower than this) but it is in a class of it’s own. Some great acting, great art direction, great everything. The huge majority of people I’ve talked to about this movie, who’ve either seen it in cinema halls or waited for the DVD, have all said that this was great. As a movie reviewer, that pleases me. Sticking up for the underdog is never fun 🙂

    My review of it is here:

  6. Real Steel only one star away from Casablanca/Citizen Kane/O.G. Star Wars etc.

    It’s a Guilty Pleasure if anything.(Unless your under 14)

    John, I think you and It Aint Cool Harry come from the same school(that pot smoking one =)

    Just kidding ya.

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