Movie – Elysium: B+

elysiumB+
While the dystopian world-building was incredibly forced and the character arcs could’ve used some touching up, there was plenty of awesome moments and cool sci-fi tech to keep me hooked. The weapons, the robots, the spaceships; all the technology was amazingly cool and the CG was seamless and beautiful. There were characters I liked (Kruger) and characters I didn’t (Spider). The action scenes generated plenty of smiles, aside from lots of shaky-cam and a poorly placed POV shot that looked like a 3rd person video game.

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Movie – The Bourne Supremacy: A


A
Though not quite as good as the other two, it’s still packed with everything that makes an action movie great. I’m not the biggest fan of the shaky-cam fight scenes, but they more than make up for it with the choreography. The car chases are some of the best I’ve seen.

Movie – Contagion: B


B
The camera work was great, lingering on things people touched to note the inevitable spread of germs. But the film overall lacked any sense of urgency. Too many characters made it difficult to care what happened to one and the scale of the plague was never rendered strikingly enough. The focus on the medical professionals was a mistake, as I assumed (correctly) that the doctors would figure it all out.

Movie – The Adjustment Bureau – C+


C+

It was a love story with a vaguely religious, sci-fi overcoat. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt were magnificent together and had wonderful chemistry, but with no real antagonist against whom to battle, it became a bland, and horrendously predictable, love-conquers-all story. Once again, a Philip K. Dick story is adapted to a mediocre film. They can’t all be Blade Runners I guess.