Total Recall (2012 Film)

Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Colin Farrell in Total Recall (2012)
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2012 American science fiction action film Total Recall.

What is it about?

This is how Metacritic describes this movie:

“Total Recall” is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick.

Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories.

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he’s got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs.

But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man.

Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen, the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter to find the head of the underground resistance and stop Cohaagen.

The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate. (Columbia Pictures)

My Thoughts

I think that I saw this movie in a movie theater back when it came out in 2012, and maybe my brother GC and/or one or more of my brothers watched it with me.

I have not seen the original Total Recall yet unfortunately, and so I had nothing to compare this movie to.

Critics did not like it, but I did not hate it and I thought that this movie was okay.

Colin Farrell did an okay job, I liked Kate Beckinsale’s performance and her character, and this movie had a lot of action.

The end,

-John Jr

Hardcore Henry

Hardcore Henry (2015)
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2015 Russian-American science fiction action movie Hardcore Henry.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

Strap in.

Hardcore Henry is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: You remember nothing.

Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett).

She tells you that your name is Henry.

Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back.

Who’s got her?

His name’s Akan (Danila Kozlovsky); he’s a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination.

You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead.

Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Sharlto Copley.)

He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure.

If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity.

Good luck, Henry.

You’re likely going to need it…

My Thoughts

I saw this movie the year that it came out, the first-person view and some other aspects made for some good concepts, and there were some good stunts.

I also like how this was filmed like it was all filmed in almost one take, and I liked the use of telekinesis and the main villain Akan and how he talked et cetera; and I wish that he would have been in more of the movie.

Sharlto Copley did a good job playing different versions of his character Jimmy.

This movie was not bad but it was lacking in some areas, with some improvements this could have been a better film, and I hope that they will make another movie that is even better next time.

The end,

-John Jr

War Of The Worlds (2005 Film)

War of the Worlds (2005)
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2005 American science-fiction action movie War Of The Worlds.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

This is a contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells’ seminal sci-fi classic.

The adventure/thriller reveals humankind’s extraordinary battle against an extra-terrestrial invasion fleet, as seen through the eyes of one American family.

Located somewhere in the New England United States, the family — like millions of others around the globe — is forced to take refuge from the aliens’ highly advanced weapons and impenetrable shields, which are unstoppable against anything that mankind can throw at them.

Unable to fight back and finding it more and more difficult to remain hidden from the aliens, the human race faces the end of its existence.

My Thoughts

I saw this movie once in movie theaters back when it came out, if I remember correctly then I did not like this movie as much as I had expected, this movie had some good moments of tension and chaos (a bit like a war movie at times); but overall it just was not as good as it should have been, and the ending fell flat and was disappointing to me.

The end,

-John Jr

2036: Nexus Dawn

Jared Leto in 2036: Nexus Dawn (2017)
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2017 American neo-noir science fiction short film 2036: Nexus Dawn.

Short Film

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – “2036: Nexus Dawn” Short

What is it about?

This is how the Warner Bros. Pictures YouTube channel describes this short film:

Welcome to 2036.

Niander Wallace introduces his new line of replicants.

Watch now.

Blade Runner 2049, in theaters October 6.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos.

K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

From executive producer Ridley Scott and director Denis Villeneuve, #BladeRunner2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.

Blade Runner Black Out 2022

Luci Christian, Jovan Jackson, and Bryson Baugus in Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 (2017)
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2017 tech-noir cyberpunk anime (animated) short film Blade Runner Black Out 2022.

Trailer

Short Film

What is it about?

This is how the Warner Bros. Pictures YouTube channel describes this short anime (animated) film:

In 2022, an EMP detonation has caused a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world.

Directed by Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo’s Shinichiro Watanabe, Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is a new and highly-anticipated animated short which serves as a prologue for the upcoming feature film Blade Runner 2049.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos.

K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

From executive producer Ridley Scott and director Denis Villeneuve, #BladeRunner2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.

Follow #BladeRunner2049 on social media:
https://bladerunnermovie.com
https://facebook.com/bladerunner2049
https://twitter.com/bladerunner
https://instagram.com/bladerunnermovie
Category
Entertainment

My Thoughts

I wish that this anime (animated) short film would have been longer, and I wish that the animation was more consistent because there were several different animation styles used and one of the beginning walking animations was bad; but fortunately some of the animation is good, and it had some good short action scenes.

This could have been its own miniseries, television show, or movie if it were longer with consistent animation; maybe that will happen one day.

This anime short film reminded me of The Animatrix and Robot Carnival combined with a few other things.

The end,

-John Jr

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