Monday, March 19, 2018

Death Note (2006-2007)

I was going to tell Death Note (2006-2007) is one of best tv series ever made. But I didn't write this when I was watching the series or right after watching it. I have same problem with J.J. Abrams' work. When I watch his tv series or movies I enjoy them but afterwards I forget why I enjoyed them or what happened in them and don't even want to see them again. Death Note is the same. You want to see what happens next because how the story is told but the story is not that interesting in the end. This has more to tell than Abram's work though.

Death Note tells about notebooks which kill anyone whose name is written in them. One student, Light, founds one and start to kill criminals with it. Soon he gets task force trying to catch him after him. Series becomes mind games between Light and L, the leader of the task force. These mind games are driving force of the story. However they lose impact by the end when characters have to be really stupid to not see what is going on.

Series is bit too long for its own good. Settings change enough in every few episodes to keep the story interesting but you can do it only so many times before it starts to lose impact. Biggest problem was the ending when mind games went too far to be believable. Series has few amazing moments. My favorite was when Light tried find real name of a woman who had information which could get him caught. It happened early on which might be reason it was so impactful.

This was better than Netflix's Death Note but if I feel like watching Death Note I will probably watch Netflix's one because it is shorter. Some people hated it not being like this but I see it as good thing.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation is best one of current dumped to Netflix movies. It is shame something like this gets theatrical release only in United States because someone thought this was too clever for general audience. It probably was but it should have given theatrical run other countries too. It looks amazing. I hope one movie festival in Helsinki picks this to their program. I really want to see this on big screen even after seeing it already.

Annihilation is really weird. Some say it is one of the best science fiction movies lately. Being weird is not enough. Director Alex Garland's previous movie Ex Machina is better than Annihilation. There are few others too. Annihilation is close to best science fiction movies. After second viewing I might put it among the best. I wouldn't be surprised if this will become cult classic.

I want to tell as little as possible because story revolves around mystery. If you need reference what to expect you can think mix of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apocalypse Now, Solaris and Alien movies with all female cast and without too much action. I didn't realize it had all female cast until I watched Red Letter Media's review which pointed it out. Don't worry about all female cast. It doesn't matter. Movie doesn't make it a big point. It isn't even explained why the group contains only females.

Annihilation is almost among best science fiction movies. It had many elements I don't remember seeing before. It looks amazing. But there are couple things which prevent it from being among the best. There were few plot holes and I didn't last moments. I won't spoil last moment. If you have seen the movie you can probably guess why I didn't like it. Those are little things in otherwise great movie.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017)

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming is fifth annual Sharknado movie. I have already reviewed firstsecondthird and fourth movie. First was ok but by the third one they stopped caring. They didn't start caring for this one. They know there will be next movie no matter how bad this one is. This even ends with cliffhanger.

This is first Sharknado movie I hated. It is just 90 minutes of waste of your time but you need to know the ending in case next movie is actually interesting. I will get to the ending. It was only interesting thing and then movie ended. 85 minutes before that was same sharknado bs every sequel have been. This time difference is they reference other movies all the time and get transported from country to country.

Movie starts with Fin and Nova indianajonesing ancient artifact from shark god's temple. This starts global sharknados. Movie becomes series of short cameos one after another before they get killed by sharks. There are no characters. Only people in front of camera saying something before they get killed by sharks. Space between camoes is filled with bad cgi and action. It is just scene after scene. Some scenes are stolen from other movies.

I hated movie before ending but ending made me hate it even more. I might have stopped watching Sharknados after this if this didn't have ending which set interesting premise for next movie. I don't go through everything what happened. Sharknados destroy everything and kill everyone. April dies stopping Sharknados. Only her head is left behind. Fin search around the world other survivors carrying April's head. Adult version of Fin's son Gil comes there with backtothefutured car.

Before I wrote this I could see how next movie could be interesting. I visioned post-apocalyptic movie without constant cameos. But there is time travelling which means they will jump from one place to another. Time travel means they can steal scenes from historical movies not just current movies. Same things I hated in this movie but more of them.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017)

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters is first part of Netflix trilogy. I assume it is collaboration since this was seen in Japanese theaters long before it entered Netflix. In Netflix it is called Godzilla. Mankind has left Earth when they could not stop Godzilla and other monsters. They tried to find new home but they haven't been successful. They come back when one of them has idea how to beat Godzilla.

I liked space part more than fighting Godzilla part. They were refugees desperate to find new planet before they run out of resources. I would have liked to see whole movie or few episodes of longer series of that. When they get back to Earth it is mostly exploring and fighting. All the interesting themes we had in space are forgotten.

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters mix two anime styles together. Monsters look old cgi and almost everything else drawn. I have never seen this works. This is not exception. This is tried every now and then with similar results. It looks too distracting. Second part comes later this year. End credit scenes showed not all human left Earth. There might be something other than fighting in it.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Mute (2018)

Mute was marketed wrong. It was marketed as scifi action movie when almost all action is cut away and story didn't have anything needing to be set in science fiction world. This happens in same world as Moon (2009). Connection to Moon was little footage shown on television couple times. If you didn't pay attention you missed it. I am disappointed movie being so little science fiction. Nowadays you should have strong reactions to everything but I don't hate it. I am only disappointed. Disappointed it not being science fiction.

Protagonist is mute Amish bartender whose girlfriend goes missing. Mute reminds me lot of far eastern crime movies. It could easily happen in Tokio or any another Japanese, Chinese or Korean city. It happens in futuristic Berlin. There are some science fiction technologies but those have no impact on the story.

Mute is like those art movies you go to see at film festivals. It might not be the most entertaining or best ever made but you enjoy it because it is something different. I was disappointed it not being science fiction but I enjoyed it. It should have ended about fifteen minutes before it ended. There was perfect ending point. If this was far eastern movie it would have ended there. It might miss audience who would like it because it was marketed as scifi action movie which it is not.