Chappie Review (2015)

Neill Blomkamp exploded onto the movie scene with his 2009 hit, District 9. The young director showed a visual style and flair that was fresh and new, whilst also deftly weaving a sci-fi story serving as an allegory for the racial and political struggles of South Africa. Elysium, his sophomore effort, showed that the director’s…

Interstellar Review (2014)

It’s not very often that the culmination of a movie leaves you with your heart pounding, speechless and almost gasping for breath, but as the credits rolled for Interstellar, that is pretty much how I felt. My mind trying to comprehend the ideas, both scientific and spiritual, that had been flung at me, my ears…

Lucy Review (2014)

While the very premise of Lucy, that humans use only use 10% of their brains, has been proven to be a myth, it is a great story-telling hook when done correctly. The idea of unlocking the full potential of the human brain is very alluring and you need only to look to Limitless to see…

Guardians of the Galaxy Review (2014)

I’m not going to lie. I’ve been looking forward to this movie ever since I heard it was going to be made. As titbits of casting news and story details were slowly revealed, my excitement steadily grew, with the trailers building the hype up to such a frenzy that I began to worry there was…

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review (2014)

There’s a lot to like about Dawn. Like a lot of great sequels, the themes are a lot darker than its predecessor, and that in itself lends an emotional weight to the proceedings, adding to the feeling that there is a lot at stake to the events that unfold on-screen. There is a more focus…

Edge of Tomorrow Review (2014)

Suave, cool, courageous. These are all words normally associated with Tom Cruise’s characters. Imagine my surprise when William Cage, Cruise’s latest role, turns out to be nothing more than a coward, scared at the sight of blood and more concerned with saving his own skin that the welfare of others. It makes a refreshing change,…

Riddick Review (2013)

The Riddick franchise is going to return to its Pitch Black roots? I’m all in. Or so I thought. The promise of getting rid of all the bloat that was added in Chronicles of Riddick, and going back to the simplicity and raw visceral quality of the first movie seemed like the right way to…

Gravity Review (2013)

Gravity is one of those rare movies that hasn’t been spoiled by it’s trailers. The marketing campaign hints at a very different kind of story, but don’t be fooled. This is not a film focused mainly on Sandra Bullock floating around in space, it is so much more. To avoid spoilers, I won’t focus too…

Elysium Review (2013)

When District 9 snuck in to movie theatres in 2009, the general audience only had a vague idea what the movie was about. Whether by poor marketing, or by design, there hadn’t been much word on the street about Neill Blomkamp’s cinematic d├ębut, so no-one was ready for an incredible journey exploring the growth of…