Fifteen years ago today, or two days from now, The Day After Tomorrow (2004) was released, which made scheduling this anniversary review somewhat tricky.

Until, at least, “2012” came out, “The Day After Tomorrow” was the undisputed holder of the critical-existential-threat-to-all-life-on-Earth-trivialised-by-hysterical-pseudo-science movie championship (the trophy is enormous) and while it may have added fossil fuel to the fires of ignorance over the conceptual dissonance of global warming and climate change, it also managed to tap into not just environmental … Continue reading Fifteen years ago today, or two days from now, The Day After Tomorrow (2004) was released, which made scheduling this anniversary review somewhat tricky.

It’s the blind leading the blind in Netflix’s post-partum apocalypse thriller Bird Box (2018) Review

What if “The Happening” but actually, you know, pretty good? That seems to be the starting point for “Bird Box”, an apocalyptic horror from producer/ star Sandra Bullock and director Susanne Bier, adapted from Josh Malerman’s novel by screenwriter Eric Heisserer (“Arrival”, “Lights Out”). When a malevolent force manifests on Earth, it causes a wave … Continue reading It’s the blind leading the blind in Netflix’s post-partum apocalypse thriller Bird Box (2018) Review

Cinema continues to be barren ground for the seeding of new franchises. Mortal Engines (2018) Review

Despite an impeccable cast and an intriguing premise, “Mortal Engines” looks likely to follow in the tracks of “His Dark Materials” adaptation “The Golden Compass” and fail to thrive in the cinematic environment. It’s a shame, too, but it underlines the difficulties faced when adapting epic fantasy book series to the cinema, especially in the … Continue reading Cinema continues to be barren ground for the seeding of new franchises. Mortal Engines (2018) Review

Empire Of The Sharks (2017) #SharkWeak2 Review

“Empire Of The Sharks” scores an early win with a mention of ‘trained ninja sharks’, a formidable weapon on a post-apocalyptic, flooded ecosystem. A biosphere covered entirely in water. An oceanic globe. An aquatic planet. Hmm. If only there was an easy way of saying it... On a future earth where 98% of the surface … Continue reading Empire Of The Sharks (2017) #SharkWeak2 Review

A Quiet Place (2018) Review

Silence has never been so loud as it is in John Krasinski’s nerve-shredding horror debut, “A Quiet Place”. In a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monstrous predators who hunt by sound, Lee and Evelyn Abbott (real life husband and wife John Krasinski and Emily Blunt) eke out a silent existence with their three children, every moment … Continue reading A Quiet Place (2018) Review

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Review

Starting with a train heist which plays out like Disney sinking all their money into a live-action remake of “Toy Story 3”, the third and final instalment of “The Maze Runner” trilogy starts with enough energy and inventiveness that it almost makes you forget it’s been three years since “The Scorch Trials”, thanks to an … Continue reading Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Review

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) Review

Breathing new life into the rotting husk of the zombie genre, “The Girl With All The Gifts” bites off far more than the usual undead apocalypse. It’s a horror movie with more than just a culinary focus on braaaaains. In the near future, British society has collapsed following an outbreak of a fungal infection which … Continue reading The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) Review

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Review

There’s no other franchise quite like “The Divergent Series”. The arrival of “Allegiant”, the third part of the now customary four-film adaptation of a trilogy of young adult books carries with it a sense of tedious inevitability and little else. If that sense of sunk cost is present in the audience, it’s nothing compared to … Continue reading The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Review

Turbo Kid (2015) Review

Tapping into the same rich vein of nostalgia as “Kung Fury”, “Turbo Kid” is a gleeful throwback to the heady days of 1980s sci-fi. But where “Kung Fury” cranked the absurdity up to 11, “Turbo Kid” holds back a little and achieves something quite remarkable: it feels authentic. It perfectly captures the innocent adventure of … Continue reading Turbo Kid (2015) Review

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Review

I’m struggling to recall a sequel which so comprehensively fails to live up to the promise of its predecessor as “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”. Maybe “The Matrix Reloaded”? After the first movie’s ballsy decision to end on a cliffhanger teased the prospect of the Maze having just been the first test within a much … Continue reading Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Review

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Review

Any lingering concerns you may have had about another director named George revisiting a trilogy after thirty years have gone by can be laid to rest. “Mad Max Fury Road” is a triumph: a perfect demonstration of how to harness decades’ worth of advancement in filmmaking technology and techniques without losing sight of what made … Continue reading Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Review

Autómata (2015) Review

Due for a UK DVD release in May 2015, it may be arriving slightly late to the recent ‘technological singularity’ party but “Autómata” nevertheless finds some interesting angles from which to explore the subject. In the 2040’s, humanity is on the verge of extinction following devastating solar flares which irradiated much of the Earth’s surface … Continue reading Autómata (2015) Review