Overlord (2018)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) Opening plane shot with paratroopers.
2) End-credits: Nas-Bridging The Gap
3) Corporal Ford vs Captain Wafner

 

CONS –
1) The movie blended two of the most bankable plots of World War II – Operation Overlord and Josef Mengele. Unfortunately, this zombie movie never clicked.
2) Not a single reliable actor with any screen-presence.
3) The entire movie got a very B-grade look.

 
QUOTE –
A thousand year Reich needs thousand year soldiers.

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A high octane action packed movie from beginning to the end by Christopher McQuarrie.It’s a mediocre story riddled with back to back great action sequences.
2) Wolf Blitzer cold open cameo.
3) Men’s room hand-to-hand combat.
4) The bike chase sequence in Paris.
5) Plot-twist after plot-twists.
6) Great action sequences at the climax.

 

CONS –
1) Couldn’t care less about the cliched spy-story or Ethan Hunt‘s family past.

 

QUOTE –
Solomon Lane: There cannot be peace without first a great suffering. The greater the suffering, the greater the peace.

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) The primary plot of “Particle Accelerator” reveals that the Cloverfield monster is a result of some ripple in the space-time continuum which has altered all timelines.
2) Magno-Putty: a realistic future tech

 

Cons –
1) Casting – Daniel Brühl & Chris O’Dowd in supporting role while actors with zero screen presence are leading.Hollywood is surely going places for the sake of diversity.
2) Ava Hamilton family sub-plot – predictable.

 

Quote –
Volkov: We’re definitely not in Kentucky anymore.
Mundy: Kansas.
Volkov: Kansas? Really? Who gives a shit?
Mundy: People from Kansas.

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys

 

Cons –
1) Average Star-Trek movie, nothing extraordinary

 

Quote –
Spock: Fear of death is illogical.
Bones: Fear of death is what keeps us alive.

Westworld (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Core sci-fi Concept of a future park.
2) Anthony Hopkins as the lead character.The hero and the villain.
3) “Man in Black/William” twist : the revelation that parallel narratives were actually alternate timelines.
4) Bernard Lowe/Arnold twist

 

Cons –

 

1) 4 episodes too long.
2) Thandie Newton as Maeve : most boring sub-plot.
3) Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores subplot : too much philosophy
4) The main plot-hole of the story is Ford.He is the ringleader. No matter how hard the host try,their final move is just another narrative.So no plot-twist can alter the climax when it is already decided by Ford.

 

Quote –

 
Dr. Robert Ford: Since I was a child… I always loved a good story. I believed that stories helped us to ennoble ourselves, to fix what was broken in us, and to help us become the people we dreamed of being. Lies that told a deeper truth.

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) One of the best Sci-Fi movie in recent years after Looper (2012)
2) Better than it’s spiritual prequel.
3) Final 15 minutes
4) Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle: Dawn Of The New “Ellen Ripley”
5) John Goodman as Howard Stambler

 

CONS –
1) As the movie got no connection with its predecessor, the name Cloverfield works as a spoiler.

 

QUOTE –
**Radio Broadcast**

“The Military Has Taken Back The Southern Seaboard.”
“If You Are Hearing This And Aren’t In A Safe Zone,”
“Head North Of Baton Rouge.”
“But If You Have Any Medical Training Or Combat Experience, We Need Help.”
“There Are People In Houston.”
“There Are Survivors At Mercy Hospital.”
“Please Help.”
“Repeat. There Are People In Houston Who Need Our Help.”
“Come Join Us.”
“We’ve Taken Back The Southern Seaboard.”
“And We’re Winning.”

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) Return Of The original cast
2) BB-8
3) TR-8R
4) Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke
5) Starkiller Base destroying the Republic
6) The screen presence of Max von Sydow
7) Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron : The rightful successor of Luke Skywalker

Cons –

1) Death Of Han Solo
2) Adam Driver as Kylo Ren : Unmasked
3) Captain Phasma
4) John Boyega as Finn
5) Final scene with Luke could’ve been more epic.

Quote –

FN-2199: [to Finn] TRAITOR!