This has to be my top most anticipated film of this year.
Elysium is directed by Neill Blomkamp, who’s previous movie District 9 is firmly lodged in my personal top ten movies of all time, and the plot rattles along like so:
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station that is disguised as a massive floating city called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max Coburn (Matt Damon), a 29 year-old ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s mayor, Secretary Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.
Blending the topic of social inequality with sci-fi. Count me in.
Following yesterday’s amazing Apollo 11 post here’s the entire full length sci-fi classic Capricorn One, written and directed by Peter Hyams, (Outland, The Star Chamber), and released back in 1977. In our humble opinion this is one of the greatest conspiracy based films ever made, complete with black helicopters and a soundtrack which, to this day, still gives us goosebumps.
Here’s a bit of throwaway movie trivia for you:
Peter Hyams began thinking about a film of a space hoax while working on broadcasts of the Apollo missions for CBS. To stay within the budget, NASA’s cooperation was needed. Producer Paul Lazarus had a good relationship with the space agency from Futureworld. The filmmakers were thus able to obtain government equipment as props despite the negative portrayal of the space agency, including a prototype lunar module.
Here’s the very brief trailer for Fox’s new sci-fi drama series Alcatraz ,which execs hope will plug that annoying gap which Lost left behind.
Produced by JJ Abrams and starring Sam Neill, Sarah Jones, Hurley from Lost and reads like an extended episode of Fringe:
302 men go missing from the prison back in a foggy night in 1963 and for some unknown reason they return to the present day not a single day older. That’s when Hurley, who’s an Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, (really?), is called upon who works with Det. Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) but shadowy government agent Emerson Huaser, (Sam Neill) tries to impede their investigation into the mystery.
Nothing adds to that edge-of-your-seat atmosphere of a mystery drama than having the lead characters root around in a musty basement full of boxed files for clues. Alcatraz is scheduled to air in the UK in January.
Right first things first, maybe this is just funny to people from the UK in particular those from Scotland but in this trailer for Steven Spielberg alien invasion mini-series the attacking extra terrestrials are called ‘Skitters‘.
*(spits mouthful of grog over computer screen)*
This word probably doesn’t have the same hilarious effect it will have on audiences over here but we would love to shake the writer’s hand who came up with that name. Fried gold!
The series stars ER regular Noah Wyle as a university lecturer who wears sweaters and knows a lot about military history, (wonder if that knowledge will come in handy throughout the series?). After his wife is killed and his son is captured…hahahahahahahahaha the aliens are called Skitters, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah…
*(catches breath and wipes tears from eyes)*
…Noah’s character heads up a plucky band of human resistance fighters who collectively work to repell the alien creatures which are called Skitters…hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
Sorry. We do apologise.
A while back we posted up ten movie trailers for films which we were looking forward to this year. Among them was a trailer for a film called Blinky starring Max Records, (Where The Wild Things Are). As ambiguous as the trailer was you could still determine the plot was set in the not too distant future about a helpful household robot who becomes friends with his young owner, before things inevitably go pear shaped.
Much to our dismay it turns out the trailer was for a short 12 minute film and not a full length feature. Blinky was directed by Irish film maker Ruairi Robinson, who was up until recently penned in to direct the live action movie of Japanese manga classic Akira. The project has since been cancelled.
The rain! My eyes! These goggles, they do nothing!
It’s basically Quantum Leap meets Groundhog Day meets Agatha Christie. Jake Gyllenhaal plays some sort of military captain who can travel in time to relive the last eight minutes of a person’s life. Just so happens the person’s body he wakes up in is on board a train which will eventually blow up. So he has only eight minutes to find out who planted the bomb in a train which also happens to be populated by the most sinister and suspicious looking characters in movie history.