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Lets just say that this manages to be different enough but at the same time a follow on to the original and for this alone Blade Runner 2049 deserves to be applauded.
I confess to be huge fan of Christopher Nolan's work and whilst a good film Dunkirk left me a little underwhelmed. Maybe my expectations were too high after seeing all of the very positive reviews. I was lucky enough to see this on an IMAX screen and the look and feel of the film is superb. Shots of the RAF in full flight particular really stood out. However, I found the multiple concurrent stories difficult to follow at times although making events in a war confusing might well have been Nolan's intention.
My biggest gripe with Dunkirk is that I didn't get enough of a sense of the epic scale of the evacuation. For example 300,000 - 400,000 troops rescued by what felt to me like only a handful of civilian boats seemed understated to the extreme. The few allied boats that were there seemed to only serve the purpose of being blown to pieces although it has been explained to me that they were severely restricted. I particularly liked the RAF part of the story and especially how this chapter ended as it would have been very easy to go all Hollywood with this. I was also a fan of how it suggested that despite being allies with the French they were most definitely down the pecking order when it came to rescue with a deep seated suspicion clearly evident amongst the British.
The best DC film since The Dark Knight. This is mainly due to the two central performances. I cannot remember seeing the camera love someone as much as it does Gadot.
A life form is found on Mars and is cultivated in a lab on board a space station that is in orbit around the earth. It begins to evolve and change in an unexpected way that puts the crew in danger and that's about all I can say really without giving anything away.
I was really surprised and impressed by this film and it has the kind of ending that I tend to love in a story. I've seen many references to Alien and whilst there are some similarities Life has enough in it to differentiate it from that classic. There is also influences from films such as Gravity. I think that one underlying difference is that unlike Alien, the crew's plight is entirely self-inflicted and this changes things for me. Mankind meddles with nature and this is what could happen. Some scenes very brutal and graphic with nice use of effects in zero gravity.
The cast is good and the more I see Jake Gyllenhaal the more I am impressed by him (e.g. Nightcrawler and Southpaw). Also pleased that the captain from the marvellous Sunshine (Hiroyuki Sanada) is in this.
As far as zombie films go there is nothing ground-breaking about Train to Busan but it is nethertheless very well done indeed. It reminded me a little of the excellent 28 Days Later in that the story is more about the relationships forged by those trying to survive the outbreak. Also to its credit is that the story doesn't necessarily go the way you expect it to.