I Am Mother (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) An AI decides to eliminate flawed humanity and rebooting it with “ideal” human beings.
2) Hilary Swank plot-twist. She was nothing but a pawn planted by the same AI for the final psychological test of the daughter,  before handing over the responsibility of embryos to the daughter.
3) No sub-plots slowing down the pace of the movie.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
AI: Tell me…do you remember your mother? Curious, isn’t it?

Upgrade (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) The movie initially appeared to be an ordinary revenge movie with a sci-fi element but the story kept unfolding with new twist and turns.
2) STEM – The AI antagonist.
3) Some good STEM enhanced action sequences.
4) The climactic scene where STEM send Grey’s consciousness to a Utopian fantasy.

 

Cons –
1) Black Mirror has ruined this genre. It has now set the bar too high for any Cyberpunk movie.

 

Quote –
Stem: I need your permission to operate independently.
Grey Trace: Permission granted.

Predestination (2014)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A perfect sci-fi mind-fuck extravaganza – just one notch below Inception
2) Who came first – Baby Jane or Parents Joe ? Before establishing the predestination paradox – the movie also establishes this chicken-egg-paradox.
3) Sarah Snook – meaty role.
4) Tight screenplay with sweet 97 minutes running time.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“The snake that eats its own tail, forever and ever”

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) 2 hrs of “High Octane” non-stop action that can give restless nights to Fast & Furious franchise. We wonder why George Miller was wasting time in Babe: Pig in the City (1998) and Happy Feet (2006) when he can deliver this.
2) Charlize Theron as Furiosa, another legendary hand-amputee joining the league of Luke Skywalker, Ash Williams, Jamie Lannister, Winter Soldier, etc.
3) Mind-blowing cinematography and chase sequences.
4) Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe

 

CONS –
1) Many unanswered questions

 

QUOTE –
“Mediocre”