Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Almost 3 hrs but still captivating.A visual triumph – a piece of art.
2) Ana de Armas as Joi – She stole the show.
3) The movie successfully inherited the soul of the original.
4) In-depth character development.

 

Cons –

 

1) Weak primary plot and a disappointing climax.
2) Jared Leto – The most over-rated and most annoying actor in Hollywood.

 

Quote –

 

Joi: Mere data makes a man. A and C and T and G. The alphabet of you. All from four symbols. I am only two: 1 and 0.

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) David – His entry scene with signal flare
2) Final Walter/David plot twist
3) James Franco cameo – Hope there is something more in a prequel.
4) That Ozymandias quote never gets old.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) The story is not going anywhere. There seems to be no end to Alien story-arc.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Oram: What do you believe in, David?
David: Creation.

Alien: Resurrection (1997)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Underwater action
2) Winona Ryder droid twist
3) Final ruined Paris scene

 
Cons –

1) Boring first half
2) Silly primary plot of Ripley resurrection – should’nt have killed her in first place.

 

 

Quote –

 
Ripley: Roll over, play dead, heal.

Alien 3 (1992)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley – badass bald look
2) Lance Henriksen as damaged Bishop – The only worth-watching CGI scene.

 

Cons –

1) 3 Alien movies and still no Weyland-Yutani sub-plot.
2) Wrong set-up.Deserted prison with no sci-fi.Also too long for such a story-line
3) Unlike Aliens, it’s about just 1 alien. The climax of bait-and-chase plan with closing door is disaster.
3) Ripley’s death. Bad CGI & Anti-Climax.

 

 
Quote –

 

 
Ripley: You’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else.

Aliens (1986)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) Solid excution by James Cameron – especially the boss fight with exosuit cargo-loader.
2) PTSD, lone wolf, badass – Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley is the John Rambo of Sci-Fi
3) Bishop’s slaughter scene
4) Mad gun battle sequences

 
Cons –

 

1) Newt – Slowing down the pace though being the only sub-plot
2) Predicatable story-line
Quote –

 

Ripley: Get away from her, you bitch!

Blade Runner (1982)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Music: Blade runner blues. A feast for retrowave lovers.
2) Sci-Fi Noir
3) Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty
4) “Tears in Rain” soliloquy
5) Edward James Olmos as Gaff
6) Zhora’s death sequence
7) Ambiguity on Deckard: human or replicant?

 

Cons –
1) A slow and boring screenplay for an average movie-goer.

 

Quote –
Batty: I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.

The Martian (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
n/a

 

Cons –
1) Shallow & cliched characters
2) Predictable story-line
3) No “Ridley Scott” factor here. It’s a star-studded dud.

 

Quote –
“Mark Watney: In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option, I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.”