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 If writing wasn't so lazy weird things could have been replaced by something more realistic.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.