The Road (2009)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A poignant father-son survival story in a post-apocalyptic world battling nuclear winter, hunger, and cannibals.
2) Intriguing cinematography.

 
CONS –
1) It’s a drama with familiar elements of a survival film without action and zombies.

 
QUOTE –
The Man: Do you ever wish you would die?
Old Man: No. It’s foolish to ask for luxuries in times like these.

Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Some great Rated-R cyborg battle sequences. Always exciting to watch some good cyberpunk actions.
2) The Hunter-Warriors: Zapan, McTeague, Master Clive Lee, etc.
3) A sequel looks promising with Edward Norton as Nova

 

CONS –
1) The romantic sub-plot with Hugo was slowing down the pace of the movie.

 
QUOTE –
Alita: I do not standby in the presence of evil!

Love, Death & Robots (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) I’ll rate LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS better than Black Mirror and Electric Dreams. The core of any sci-fi story can be explained in a few minutes and we don’t a 90 minutes episode for character development. The short duration of each episode is the biggest asset of the show.
2) Stories from various genres including Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Fantasy, Post-Apocalypse, Absurdism, Cyberpunk, etc.
3) Exceptional animation quality from various studios around the world. Every next episode is a surprise.
4) “Good Hunting” – Exploring the Huli jing mythology in Cyberpunk Hong-Kong
5) “Suits” – Who is the real invader?
6) “Zima Blue” – Absurdist robot.
7) “When the Yogurt Took Over” – A warning for the inevitable economic collapse.
8) Matthew Perryman Jones – Living in the Shadows

 

 
CONS –
1) “Sucker of Souls” – a plain storyline
2) “The Witness” – a mind-fuck story told for a zillionth time now.
3) “Helping Hand” – 127 Hrs in space
4) “Fish Night” – Great animation with a mediocre story

 

 
QUOTE –
“Zima: My search for truth is finished at last.I’m going home.”

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?

Logan’s Run (1976)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) High production value and grand set designs.
2) The intriguing primary concept of a post-apocalyptic dystopian colony run by computers.
3) Michael Bay’s The Island (2005) borrowed heavily from this film.
4) Box, the robot. This fusion of C-3PO & R2-D2 is no cute android.
5) Jenny Agutter as Jessica 6 – one breathtaking femme fatale.

 

CONS –
1) Disappointingly trashy CGI for a 1976 movie.
2) For what purpose the computers were breeding humans in 2274 AD? What caused the apocalypse? Some questions are never answered.

 
QUOTE –
Box: Fish, plankton, sea greens… protein from the sea!

Bird Box (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Sandra Bullock as Malorie Hayes – a one-woman show.

 

CONS –
1) A story full of loopholes. The core supernatural phenomenon is never explained.
2) The post-apocalyptic drama follows the routine of a typical zombie movie. Only the element of blind-folds is new.
3) John Malkovich – talent wasted
4) The entire blind-folded river journey with two kids is implausible.

 

QUOTE –
“Douglas: All of us, collectively, are making the end of the world … great again!”

A Quiet Place (2018)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) A post-apocalyptic world where a Predator-like creature with hypersensitive hearing is ruling earth.
2) The grain-silo scene; the childbirth scene
3) The “silence” factor.

 

 

Cons –
1) While the primary concept is very intriguing, I’ll wait for a sequel to know more about this world.
2) While the plot is established in the first few minutes, an entire hour is wasted for built-up.

 

Quote –
Evelyn: Your father will protect you. Your father will always protect you.