Archive for the ‘Futuristic’ Category

Deep Impact, ***1/2, 1998

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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Starring: Elijah Wood, Leelee Sobieski, Tea Leoni, Morgan Freemman

 

Many individuals believe this film is a better representation of how all life on earth could end, unless the terrorists get to us first.

 

A teen astronomer, Leo Beiderman (Elijah Wood) discovers an object in the sky during a class project and reports his sighting to a noted Astronomer, Marcus Wolf (Charles Martin Smith).  Upon receiving the teens information Wolf examines the sighting and sees the unimaginable—a larger comet headed toward earth—but is unable to report his findings due to an auto accident in which he is killed.

 

Fortunately, the information is discovered and the government realizes the seriousness of the Wolf/Beiderman discovery and it’s clear a disaster of global proportions is possible.  The government tries to keep the finding a secret until a plan can be developed to deal with the event, however a broadcast reporter (Tea Leoni) puts a few pieces of information together, which expedites the governments announcement of the impending disaster.

The President of the United States (Morgan Freeman) tells the American people of the news and that NASA has organized a space mission to destroy the comet before its arrival.

 

This film is exciting and terrifying at the same time.  It is a film that will give you a shred of hope, because some individuals do survive.  The concept of a comet plummeting toward earth might even be more science fact than fiction, and the hope is that our worlds astronomers will always be combing the stars looking for anything that might be coming our way.

 

“Deep Impact,” has an array of many great actors, and many of the performances are emotional, intense and unforgettable.  Robert Duvall plays the head as the head of the NASA mission; Morgan Freeman is the President of the United States, Elijah Wood as Leo and his girlfriend Sarah is Leelee Sobieski.  Among natural disaster films this is one of the good ones and definitely promotes the sale of telescopes for young astronomers and probably a few Chicken Little’s.

The Day After Tomorrow, PG-13, 2004, *** ½

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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Starring: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal

This one makes you want to go buy winter duds, just in case.  Director Roland Emmerich who brought us “Independence Day” in 1996 has done another wowzer again with “The Day After Tomorrow.”

The film starts out with Jack Hall, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climatologist, played by Dennis Quaid (“In Good Company,” “Cold Creek Manor”) is with his crew, including Jason Evans (Dash Mihok) somewhere in Antarctica collecting ice cores when the Glacier begins to split big time.  This opening scene is a breathtaking which that sets the stage for this film, which is filled with many scenes that are just incredible.  In my view, it contains some of the most incredible visuals I’ve seen in years.  You’re in for a journey that you’ll never forget.  This is one of the best weather related films in years.     

Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid, “Yours, Mine & Ours,” “The Alamo”) suspects and warns the government that global warming may be triggering a new Ice Age, but he didn’t expect it so soon.  Initial reactions to his theory are skepticism, until some horrific weather conditions start to occur.  But the speed at which things begin to occur force drastic action by the government just to save as many people as possible from the unbelievable climatic events hitting the northern hemisphere.  Meanwhile Jacks son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal, “Bubble Boy,” “Brokeback Mountain”) heads north to New York City for a Scholastic Competition, which lead to a rescue mission by Hall and his crew to the Big Frozen Apple.  From large chunks of hail in Japan, multiple tornados in L.A., to NYC underwater and frozen you’ll just want to run south as fast as you can. 

This is one fantastic film.  While this is more science fiction than fact it makes you think about the weather like you never thought before.  It is scary, yet intriguing and you may even want to get into climatology after viewing this one.  If you saw this in the theater, you know it’s worth another viewing, especially if you can view it on a big screen high-def TV.  I put “The Day After Tomorrow” as a definite multiple view film and a new classic in the natural disaster films grouping.

The Time Traveler’s Wife, 2009, ****, PG-13

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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“The Time Traveler’s Wife,” This movie is better than “The Notebook,” you know why?  It adds the Sci-Fi element of time travel that really makes your mind wander around the idea of it actually happening.  Not to mention Eric Bana is like one of those hunks on a Harlequin romance novel. 

 

Claire (Rachel McAdams, “The Notebook,” “The Wedding Crashers”) met Henry (Eric Bana, “Hulk,” “The Nugget,” “Troy”) in the field on her childhood home when she was about 9.  Through the years she kept a diary of the times she saw him, and kept the hope of one day being with this love of her life. 

 

The film centers around Henry’s disappearing act (time travel).  His travels are explained as some sort of genetic disorder.  He began appearing and disappearing after a car accident that left his mother dead, and him being thrust back into different years and places for no apparent reason, one place happening to be Claire’s yard; he appears as a 40-something year old man.

 

I must say, the movie starts out slow, but it is totally worth the watch.  It’s a love story that you won’t forget.  Sometimes love is worth waiting for, over and over again.   

 

Knowing 2009, **3/4, PG-13

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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Starring: Nicholas Cage, Rose Byrne

 

“Knowing,” is like “The Day After Tomorrow,” meets the hit 90s series, “X-Files.”  Another version of the end of the world is the Sun approaching close enough to Earth that it is incinerated.  All life as we know it would burn up, and end.  This is quite frightening.

This film is very disturbing and unsettling.  It really makes you wonder if everything is pre-determined.  

 

In the 1950s in a small Massachusetts town, an Elementary school teacher (Danielle Carter) has her students draw a picture of what they think the future is like.  One particular student writes down an entire page of numbers.  The teacher put the pages in a tube and says they are creating a time capsule.

 

Cage (“Con Air,” “Adaptation,” “Vampire’s Kiss”) plays John Koestler a High School science teacher who is skeptical that everything is pre-determined for the future of the planet.  However, when John’s son Caleb (Chandler Canterbury, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Powder Blue”) son receives the page full of numbers at the unveiling of the 50s time capsule, he begins to think otherwise. As expected John attempts at solving this numeric mystery, which turns into much more than anyone could or would want to imagine.  

 

I think this is one of Cage’s better films, including my favorite, “Con Air.”  I also think this movie is more interesting than his National Treasure adventures.  If you love Sci-Fi you may want to check it out on DVD, at least once.