A half-baked attempt at a potentially great spin-off, Creed failed to rise to the occassion. It had all the ingredients required to make it a resounding success – a classic franchise, a timelessly endearing character and a legacy. Thanks to bad writing, the story tried to extend the ethos of Rocky Balboa without really focussing on evolving the central character, the son of Apollo Creed. Stallone was his usual self and was being used as the nostalgic centrepiece of the film but that was it. Creed lacked any professionalism or any competitive hunger that was characteristic of the older characters. The on-stage or on-ring presence was hardly convincing and failed to produce the impact it was supposed to.
- Jupiter AscendingWhen you hear about a film coming from the Wachowski siblings, certain expectations are set especially when you have made such defining movies as the Matrix Trilogy. Even though the later sequels couldn’t sustain the neo-philosophical sci-fi mood of the first one, they were way ahead of their time. We wish we could say the same for the film in question. Even the star cast of Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Eddie Redmayne could not save the poorly written script which seemed to resort more to theatrics and larger than life CGI than an actual plot. The story clearly lacked the intrinsic vision that radically differentiated Matrix from its counterparts. We are still unwilling to give up on the Wachowskis though. The Matrix was profound having a screenplay that was unheard of. Hopefully we will get a chance to watch some more quirky ideas from the duo.
- Fantastic FourNot all reboots are able to accurately project the charm of the characters. Amazing Spiderman went back to the basics – a small, lanky young man with a quick wit with a newly gotten superpower. Even though the story started from scratch, it was able to keep the Spidermood alive. Not the case with Fantastic Four. Although the idea of a black Flash was interesting, the reboot dwelled unconvincingly longer on the way the Four get their superpower than the actual impact of that on the world as a result. We expected more of Doom (no pun intended) than the screen-space he got. Fantastic Four was more of a Fantastic Bore than we had expected. However, we do expect more exciting stuff in the sequels.
- ChappieWhen we watched the trailer for Chappie, we were very interested in the potential it carried. The idea of a sentient robot in the midst of the South African underbelly seemed a novel concept but unfortunately the story couldn’t grow out of it. As Chappie evolved with the gangsters, our imagination grew with the possibilities of its ever-learning mind. However, it seemed to be cut short by a quickly wrapped up ending. It was as if the producers ran out of funds and decided to let Chappie remain an incomplete sketch. This is one of those ideas that deserves a TV series of its own. A movie would not do it justice and that’s exactly what transpired. Hope they read our thoughts here.
- TomorrowlandIf we compare the sci-fi movies of 2015, Tomorrowland was the one which came really close to being perfect. A deeply entrenched and very relevant message, witty humour, an amazing star-cast; it had everything that a characteristic sci-fi should have except that the story unwittingly made hope a parameter in saving the world. The problem with intangibles in a sci-fi film is that you need to quantify them in some manner to show a convincing impact on the plot. This did not happen. But the innocence in which the subject has been treated by giving the key to the future to dreamers is captivating. This helped to balance the essential flaw to a certain extent but it still left us disappointed. Sci-fi needs to be handled delicately as the audience would more often than not want an underlying mathematical logic to it. Almost there but not so much.
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