Reviews

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      The Theory of Everything (8.5/10)


        Let me first say it is a beautiful movie. A biopic about Stephen Hawking it is not however.

        I wasn’t expecting a science class, but I was expecting just a bit more of the scientific insights that make this man brilliant to come through in the movie – but they don’t. But, once you accept that and experience it as a romanticised story of the relationship between Hawking and his first wife Jane, it delivers.


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      Forbidden Planet (9.5/10)


        Sometimes a classic film comes from an unexpected place. Director Fred Wilcox had directed nothing of note before – “Lassie Comes Home” was his best known movie until this. The leading man in the movie is a young Leslie Nielsen, much better known decades later for his comedy role in the “Police Squad” series. From such unpromising soil sprang what is widely regarded as one of the finest science fiction movies of all time.


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      Ex Machina (8/10)


        This low-budget sci-fi movie is the directorial debut of Alex Garland, writer of “The Beach” and “28 Days”. It is a deceptively low-key film with just a few characters, and indeed could almost have been a play instead of a film.


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      Nightcrawler (7.5/10)


        Close… but no cigar…

        Nightcrawler is the story of Louis Bloom who by chance decides to work his way into filming accidents and crimes and selling the footage to the local news station.

        I enjoyed the movie. The story is ‘interesting’ in an American Psycho kind of way, the atmosphere is dark and the cinematography is pretty good.


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      Zodiac (8/10)


        A long, somewhat clinical approach to the story of the Zodiac Killer by David Fincher. At the same time it builds good depth in the main characters, and it does not get boring despite is 2.5 hour running time.


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      The Anomaly (4/10)


        What a shame. The first 20 minutes or so this movie keeps you interested trying to figure out what is going on – the audience knows as little as the main character. But the longer it goes on the more boring it becomes…


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      Guardians of the Galaxy (3/10)


        I’ll admit I enjoy sci-fi and generally give any sci-fi movie a go. And this one comes with recommendations galore – inlcuding e.g. a score of 8.2 on IMDB and score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it must be pretty good.


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      Cube (8/10)


        I had no idea what to expect from this movie – and I think that is the best way to experience a movie like Cube. It is a low budget Canadian (horror-)thriller that doesn’t rely on special effects (even though it uses some). It succeeds by taking the viewer on the same claustrophobic journey as its actors – you don’t know what is going on any more than they do, and it is hard to predict what is coming next…


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      Autómata (5/10)


        Set in a dystopian future, this is the story of an insurance investigator looking into whether robots have been tempered with, by others or even by themselves.

        This movie borrows (heavily) from Blade Runner, I Robot, and District 9 amongst others, and it starts out quite promising.


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      Headhunters (6/10)


        A Norwegian crime thriller based on a Jo Nesbø book about a headhunter with ambitions.

        Various interesting productions have come from Scandinavia over the last decade or so, but I don’t think this is one of them… The storyline is fairly silly, the characters shallow, and the missed forensic clues must be everywhere… Nevertheless it is a pretty enjoyable watch, but a thriller it is not. It is almost slapstick.


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