Monday, February 12, 2018

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

I rarely like science fiction horror movies. Most of them don't get most important thing in writing science fiction. You can do anything but you have to establish rules you follow. If you do that you can make classics like Alien and John Carpenter's The Thing. If you don't you end up being like The Cloverfield Paradox or Event Horizon.

The Cloverfield Paradox wasn't always meant to be Cloverfield movie. Cloverfield was added later for marketing purposes. It is hard to say how much Cloverfield changed the original story. Even harder when you haven't seen first two movies and don't know what Cloverfield actually is.

Spoilers from this point on. Movie tells about space station making experiments. They end up going to alternative universe destroying alternative universe version of the space station and getting one alternative universe character to the space station. All well and good to this point. Them being in alternative universe change all the rules. Alternative universe have same laws of physics but weird things start to happen when story needs them. If writing wasn't so lazy weird things could have been replaced by something more realistic.

For some reason one guy loses his mind and gets all sorts of stuff inside him. Including spaceship's component they lost when they went to alternative universe. They learn about that when ship eats other character's hand and then spit it out. Hand start to live on its own and tell crew to open the first character. Movie like to have hard science fiction tone but then you have plot twists like these. There was no point of being invested into the story because anything could happen. It didn't even have to make any sense. Ship started to actively kill characters because that needed to happen.

It is shame lazy writing ruined the movie. It was made by competent people and most of it was actually good and interesting. Then they threw it all away. Replacing all supernatural with story arc of alternative universe character she already had would have made this really good. If all the supernatural came from Cloverfield making this Cloverfield movie ruined it.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Altered Carbon (2018)



Short spoiler free Altered Carbon review. I wasn't feeling too well when I shot this but it shows what I thought about the series.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Resindent Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter never came to cinemas in Finland. I don't know the reason. I don't think it was really that bad it shouldn't be in theaters. Don't get me wrong. It is not good. Each sequel has been worse than previous movie. This might change that only because previous one was really bad. This is really bad too but not that bad it shouldn't be in theaters.

Something has happened between end of last movie and beginning of this one. Prologue sequence talks about betrayal but nothing more is explained. Maybe they couldn't write anything based on ending of last movie so they forgot everything they build at end of it. Almost anything could have been better than this. First half is loosely connected action scenes one after another and wondering why would any of this make sense. Because almost nothing makes sense in the end.

Spoilers. The Final Chapter explains why there is apocalypse. Umbrella corporation decided to cause apocalypse before other apocalypses became reality. They decided to destroy the world and all their customers in it because they were afraid of nuclear war and climate change. This was supposed to save the company. This was better option than adapting to the changing world.

Whole movie is full of similar logic. Only thing important is making Alice look good and have cool looking shots. Only interesting moment was when Dr. Isaacs met his clone or should I say the clone met him. That was only clever moment in whole movie. It might have made this second worst Resident Evil movie. I might have been disappointed if I saw this in theater. Maybe that was reason this didn't see theaters in Finland.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman is only good movie in DCEU. It is most positive in series and it happens during first world war. I didn't see it in theaters. I had lost all hope with DCEU. This one movie didn't give me hope for DCEU but I might see sequel in theater. Even if I hadn't lost hope I might have skipped seeing this in theater. I didn't like idea of superhero movie located to world war. World war parts were the other part I didn't like. Other was main villain.

World war part was done better than I expected. It wasn't made too much like adventure which made Wonder Woman's action scenes feel little bit out of the place. Other thing out of place was main villain or should I say all main villains. They were too comic book villains in movie which tried to be serious when they came to man's world and war.

I liked everything else. It had humor. Tone changes worked outside Wonder Woman's fight scenes during world war. It did many things I didn't expect to see in superhero movie. It took changes which worked. I would have preferred the movie to be located some other period than world war. It has couple similarities to first Captain America but nothing too distracting.

Wonder Woman shows what DCEU movies could be. Without world war this could have been really enjoyable movie but in DCEU everything has to be super dark and gritty. Maybe next one is really good. I mean next Wonder Woman movie. I have no expectations for other DCEU movies.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Jason Bourne (2016)

Jason Bourne is far from first Bourne movies which changed action movies. This is fifth movie in series. Seems like there is nothing to be said but movies still make money and there have to be another movie. I have seen first three movies few times and fourth once. I don't remember much about them any more. I would have liked to have introduction what is going. There was almost none.

This has same problem as John Wick: Chapter 2. It expects us to know what happened previous movies. I can't say if we knew any other character than Jason Bourne from earlier movies. Movie treated them like we knew who they were and what their motivation was. Movie surely didn't explain anything. It expected style of the genre being enough.

I know Alicia Vikander is good actress. She was good in Ex Machina. Here she wasn't given anything. Same with Tommy Lee Jones. Movie had good actors but it was content having style of the genre. The style first movies in series helped to define. Style was more important than the story.

Story might have checked several writing 101 boxes but it didn't work. "Asset" didn't need to have as much history with Bourne. He was guy wanting to kill Bourne for understandable reason. Bourne didn't need historic reason to kill him.

Jason Bourne is waste of time. Watch only if you want to watch the whole series. I can't recommend it even for fans of genre.