Netflix’s “The Titan” in 100 Words (or Less)

Stars Sam Worthington and Taylor Schilling shown on background of stars.

The Titan‘s core is an interesting concept: genetically modifying people to survive life on Jupiter’s moon, Titan.

Make-up effects on the experiment participants is great.

But the movie fails. It tries to be a mystery thriller, but the trailer and description solved the mystery: the experiment works! Full horror, would have been better.

Too many pieces of the plot rely on convenience of events happening a certain way, in order to force a scene it was obvious they wanted (not needed).

The well-known stars did a disservice to their careers.

Would not watch again, once was enough. Thumbs down.

Lost in Space in 100 words (or less)

A Review of Netflix’s Lost in Space in 100 words or less, including these.

  • Beautiful scenes and sets that keep you visually immersed in the future on an alien planet.
  • Solid cast with young actors that deliver (except Judy is too soft-spoken to feel authoritative). Posey’s Dr. Smith creates an uneasy ambiance.
  • A musical score that’s occasionally too on-the-nose.
  • Survival problems, including alien predators, that must be solved with brains, not wanton gun fire. Cast doesn’t automatically know what others know.
  • Great episodic situations with strong central build up to a satisfying end.

I would watch it again, thumbs up.

Justice League Does Fans, and DC, Justice

I had the opportunity to see a special fan screening of Justice League last night (the Monday before the official release). I ended up having to stand in line for 3 hours to do it, get scanned by security (with actually metal detector wands), and turn off my phone (even though the screen wanted you to scan a Snapchat code). Once the movie started I quickly forgot about the hassle of actually getting to my seat.

First, I want to talk about expectations and hype. Mine were truly low. I’ve seen all the DCEU movies, watched all the JL trailers, and I was not expecting a Wonder Woman type of hit. As much as I enjoy Snyder’s Superman, I can’t say the previous Superman films were examples of great film. And I don’t want to talk about Suicide Squad, because Folding Ideas has done it better than I could. After everything we’ve seen, I expected Justice League to be a mess of grimdark origins that barely formed a cohesive plot.

So, watching the movie I felt my expectations constantly rising.

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War For the Planet of the Apes is Strong

As the opening to the film explains, War takes place 15 years after Rise and a few years after Dawn. The apes have retreated further into the forest, but are being hunted by the military force called in at the end of the previous movie. The apes want to find a new home, away from humanity and away from the war Koba started.

I’d like to keep this review fairly short and sweet, since we’ve all got other things to do. To start, here’s the great:

Like Dawn, War excels at showing the humanity in the simians. They are believable and relatable characters. Andy Serkis shines as Caesar, in what I’d considered my favorite performance of his to date. His motion-capture body acting and the animation team delivered the most emotive, captivating scenes in the film, connecting you to the character more successfully than any other sci-fi movie I can recall of late.

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