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World War Z – GateFans Member Review (Paragon Pie)

So here is the inevitable compare/contrast of book to movie.

I will always admit that taken anything from the page to the screen (being either movie or TV) there will always be something lost, however in that they do have the advantage of telling a story within this universe that has been established. Sadly this rarely happens. Anyway!

The first issue is one of speed. In the book it too many years for the zombie threat to become known to the general public, since the plague originated in China, the Chinese government had to mobilize its armed forces but had to create a false impression as to why (masking their general health and safety sweeps to nearly invading Thailand). Intelligence was a huge factor and even with the processing power of the NSA or CIA combined there was too much going on in the world for people to take notice let alone take seriously of the threat that was building.

The Movie on the other hand takes a Dawn of the Dead 2004 approach where everything happens way to quickly, there is very little time to react to the threat which does mimic some form of tension but it makes the objective of the main character obsolete within the first 10 minutes. The idea of finding patient zero is unreachable from the get go, since there is a huge mass and you don’t know any method detection without a huge selection of medical means, which they clearly do not have. Brad Pitt is only really the leader or has relevance because of default, such as the plot demands it to people accidentally killing themselves.

Side note. Basically this movie is huge on the contrivance or as I call it, the God hand. The scene in the beginning shows the directors incompetence in the matter of going from scene A to scene B, there was no need to the garbage truck to literally appear out of now where (like God placed it down and said, now Brad Pitt you can progress in the story!) to the Soldiers who didn’t instantly blow his bloody brains out when he charged a military check point (seriously in that situation he would of been dead, the soldiers went weapons free).
PS the Israel part was full retard. Full. Bloody. Retard.

The zombies. Now this isn’t a case of slow versus fast but again on what the book did to the movie.
In the book the zombies were slow ‘shambler’ types, the virus or whatever infecting them was an unknown type, the media in the book (from the government and other sources) to mask the truth state that it is a new strain of rabies and a drug was developed (specifically for rabies) for this giving a false sense of hope and protection. Time from infected to reanimated took several days.

Now the movie sort of declares this is a form of rabies. Again it shows how they didn’t clearly read through the book, they just cherry picked words and discarded the rest. The incubation period went from a literal twelve seconds (there was even a timer) to “Oh wait it can take several days” it is mind blowing how even in their own fantasy world they can’t keep consistency.

How we succeed.
In the book it is matter of us coming to terms with the threat and nearly losing it all, its only through human ingenuity (The Redekar plan) and determination do we succeed in gaining victories against the zombies. The issue raised is in how we fight wars, all of our gear and technology is opposed to fighting one threat, humans when faced with a zombie (en mass) most of that is redundant. The battle of Yonkers shows how both unprepared the US Military was but also in the nature of soldiers training (aiming for center mass) coupled with stupid higher up command decisions.

The movie doesn’t take anything of this sense, instead it simply has a David ‘I’m a retard’ Lindelof type endings in which he clearly doesn’t understand anything of subject matter viruses or even basic high school genetics/biology.

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Falling Skies Gets Fourth Season

Well, it appears that TNT has decided to renew Falling Skies for a fourth season. This is great news for those who have been following this show through the first three seasons. We have seen this show and it’s characters evolve over the course of the story, and the ratings average 5.8 million viewers and it is ranked as the number one basic cable scripted series in the magic demographic of adults 18-49 and 25-54. Considering the other shows which have had bigger budgets and more expensive special effects, this says a lot for the show. 

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DEFIANCE game and TV show – sink or swim?

The closer this show gets to premiering the less I have hope for it. The game tie-in seems gimmicky. From what I understand the PC version of the game is rather lousy and the console reviews haven’t been that stellar either. One has to wonder if either the show or the game will survive for very long:

 http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/09/defiances-game-tv-crossover-is-disappointing

 

It’s a shame, then, that throughout the opening hours the potential scale of the concept is matched only by the magnitude of its failure to convey any of its rich fiction or deliver on its grand plans. …muddy textures, lackadaisical AI, thinly veiled fetch quests and monotonous point-defence missions do little to inspire confidence…

 

Defiance should have been aiming for dazzling first impressions in order to inspire confidence in its long term future. Instead, its game initially offers a clunky and aesthetically unappealing end-of-generation console experience while the pilot episode of the TV show carries an inelegant and laborious script that its recognisable cast struggle to sell…

And here’s more:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/defiance-the-tv-show-review/

[quote]If Defiance continues down the road it is on, it will remain an average show, as many of SyFy’s show’s tend to be. But if it decides to truly embrace the uniqueness of its setting and premise, then Defiance could be something special. Until then though, it remains an enjoyable, but uninspired show.[/quote]

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Men in Black 4 In Production

Scifinow is reporting that the hugely popular TV movie Men in Black, is now in development. Scifinow reports that Will Smith has not been confirmed for the 4th instalment. However, let’s hope that he is in the movie though.

Via – Scifinow

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The Wachowskis Team Up With Netflix to Launch a Brand New Show.

Deadline has reported that ‘The Wachowskis”, have signed an agreement with Georgeville TV, Reliance Entertainment/Motion Picture Capital’s TV studio,Straczynski(Babalyon 5) and netflix, to bring us a brand new tv series called, Sense8. The Wachowskis, they described the series as, “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted”.Sounds Pretty vague if you ask me b.The 10 part miniseries is expected to hit netflix sometime in late 2014.

More at Deadline

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Riddick (2013) New Badass Official Teaser Trailer

Enjoy!

 

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Ridley Scott Working On 12 new,Short sci-fi Films

 Ridley Scott, has announced that he and Machinima, have both teamed up to air and produce, 12 new science fiction movies. Not much more has been disclosed of what the projects will be about but given that a lot of the sci-fi projects have been quite successful for machinima, it’s possible that science fiction belongs on the web.

 

More at Collider

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Thunderbird Returning To The Small Screens

Thunderbird, the classic 60s British science fiction show, is returning to the small
screens. Deadline reports that the show is going to take a slightly different approach by
“using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets while also
paying tribute to the legacy of model locations”. 

It also reports that, 26 half hour episodes being ordered and is expected to debut on ITVand CITV in the UK, around 2015. 

Read more at Deadline 

 

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Review: Dredd 2012

By: Joelist

Dredd 2012: Dredd done right

Dredd 2012 is a new film – the second film made about the iconic comic character Judge Dredd. It stars Karl Urban in the title role, with Olivia Thirlby as trainee Judge Anderson (also a character from the Dredd comics) and Lena Headley (of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles fame) as the villain. 

Before getting to the movie itself, let me lead in with a few words about first the Judge Dredd comics then the first attempt at making it a movie – the 1995 big budget film starring Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider.

The Comics

Judge Dredd was conceived as a semi-futuristic lawman that took the character “Dirty Harry” to its logical extreme. A whole comic book series (2000 AD) arose around this with a full dystopian world populated with characters both good and bad. It is considered a seminal comic series and indeed the Dredd universe and character and the Judge system have even been invoked in discussions of real world questions about governance and the administration of justice.

The 1995 film

In 1995 a big budget film based on Judge Dredd was made. It starred Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider. I did a more detailed review of that film here:

http://www.gatefans.net/gforums/thr…e-dredd-stallone-1995-film.26164/#post-832579

Basically, while the 1995 film did okay with its visuals it got the characters wrong. Stallone hideously overacting the Dredd role didn’t help either. Plus, his Dredd did not come across at all like the logical endpoint of Dirty Harry – he was just a typical Stallone overblown action hero role. And unfortunately that horrid performance colored the thinking of those who had not read the comics on the whole Dredd character and universe. 

The 2012 film

With the background in place, let’s look at this new Dredd film.

The first thing to note is that the budget here was smaller. However it is still VERY effective visually. The city in this film has a properly grungy look and the megablock towers are very effectively realized. The action choreography is first rate and almost poetic at times. This film looks a lot more expensive than it really was.

Second, these characters are done right. Dredd in this film is gruff, taciturn and is indeed the logical endpoint of the character concepts underlying Dirty Harry. Anderson is a mutant psychic trainee judge and again her character is true to the comics. The villain (Lena Headley) is a vicious druglord named MaMa – while this is not a character from the comics the STYLE and TONE of the character are. 

Not only are the characters written very well, the performances are outstanding. 

Karl Urban does it again – in Star Trek 09 he nailed Doctor McCoy so precisely it seemed like he was channeling DeForrest Kelley. Here he gives a similarly outstanding performance – he IS Dredd. What makes it all the more impressive is he conveys this without our ever being able to see his eyes or upper face – this Dredd keeps his helmet on like he is supposed to.

Olivia Thirlby is new to me as an actress. I gather she was in Juno but I never saw that film. All I can say here is that she turns in an effective performance as the rookie judge. She has psionic powers (just like in the comics) and uses them one time to horrific effect. Part of the film is her character does have an arc – she changes a good deal from her “day on the street” with Dredd.

Lena Headley is great as the villain – the sadistic druglord MaMa. A frequent issue in these types of hero-villain films is that the villain is not a foe worthy of the hero. That is not the case here. MaMa is vicious and sadistic but also intelligent. She is even given a backstory that elicits a little bit of sympathy over her past and how it may have had a role in turning her into a monster. 

With strong characters performed well, the next question is: does it work? Well, I say yes it does. This film is what is known as a “small set story”. It basically all takes place in one building and really there are only three main plotlines and they are all related. This gives the film focus. And that keeps the story moving and the tension present. All in all it is well directed. As the story was written by Alex Garland (who also wrote 28 Days Later) I was not surprised it was well structured.

All in all, I liked this new Dredd film. I hope you do as well.

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GateFans Review: Prometheus (2012) SPOILERS!

Okay, I am freshly back from seeing Prometheus (in 3D, of course), and I can say I was okay with the movie. Just okay, though. I was sort of expecting a lot more depth, and the dark foreboding feel of the original Alien. The best way to describe this movie is a prequel, even though it is being said that this movie is separate from the Alien movies, it most certainly is not. It is hard to say what the time frame of this movie is to the original Alien time frame, but from the look of things I would have to guess it was before Ripley cut loose with her flamethrower on LV-426. The Prometheus looks like a proper earth designed ship from 2090, and it has ion engines as well as thrusters. There is no magical fusion generator or unknown power source powering the ship, but some of the other tech seems oddly advanced. More on that later. Read more »

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