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Time Lapse (5/10)

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Yet another time travel movie? Well at least it has its own twist: the machine in this movie doesn’t make people travel in time, it is a camera that takes pictures 24 hours into the future.

The concept is interesting enough; the consequences are unfortunately somewhat predictable: it will be used for personal gain, which unsurprisingly in the end backfires in an increasingly destructive fashion.

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Gattaca (10/10)

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Gattaca, like all he very best sic-fi, tells a tale yet manages to deal with broader human issues. It is set in a future where discrimination has now become a science, but it is not based on gender or skin colour but on your genetic code, your DNA. Many children in the society portrayed are genetically designed and have any flaws or imperfections designed out by scientists. The world is now divided between those lucky ones whose parents chose or could afford this route, and the rest, who for whatever reason end up being born naturally.

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Interstellar (9/10)

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It has been a long while since there has been a science fiction movie with this level of grand ambitions. The Director, Christopher Nolan, lists various movies that have inspired him for Interstellar, including Metropolis, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. For me the more obvious comparison however is with Contact.

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The Congress (4/10)

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The Congress sets out a future where live actors are no longer needed – Hollywood will just ‘scan’ the people they want and from there on in their digital alter-egos will do all the work.

A potentially interesting concept, with Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel and Paul Giamatti. Halfway through the movie switches style from live-action to animation, which turns out to be a defining love-it-or-hate-it moment. It didn’t work for me, and you lose interest in a concept and storyline that seems to go from interesting to silly in a matter of a couple of minutes…

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Transcendence (5/10)

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There clearly is a trend of science-fiction more and more aspiring to enter the mainstream. Transcendence is another such attempt, using several big name stars like Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman to reach a broader audience for its story.

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Primer (8/10)

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Primer What happens if it actually works? 2004Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller Click an icon to see more Overview Friends/fledgling entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage that reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it, but they accidentally discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities–ones that could enable them to do and […]

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Upstream Color (5/10)

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Shane Caruth wrote, directed and acted in his debut movie Primer, which is quite an intriguing film. Upstream Color is his second movie, nine years later, which he again wrote, directed and stars in.

The first hour or so the movie goes down various tracks whilst nothing is obvious, nothing is explained, and not a lot is clear as to what is going on and why. This initially makes for an interesting and somewhat suspenseful enigma: it keeps you trying to figure out how things connect and where this might lead.

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Extracted (7/10)

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Extracted is a small budget movie about a scientists who invents a way of entering people’s minds as an observer. When he is asked to use his invention to find out whether a criminal suspect is guilt or not, things get complicated. Could or should he become more than just an observer?

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