Mark Toya’s film takes place at a turning point, when a creature escapes from its creator – in this case, when war robots acquire the ability to think for themselves, become crooks and decide to kill everything in sight.
Three computer nerds conduct what they believe to be a navigation test in which four mechanical soldiers are dropped from the air into the jungle in the Golden Triangle. They have no problem with clandestine operations using secret weapons until things go awry, and Monsters of Man does a good job of describing the arrogance of techies and complete lack of morality, as well as their utter naivety: what did they think they were building? Not that the handlers in the top 3 are better.
The film’s ruthlessness in killing almost every character, including women and children, may sound exploitative, but there is honesty in showing the full spectrum of American weapon casualties. If you thought drone attacks were bad, wait until you see what autonomous robots designed to destroy are capable of.
The film is delayed by a full half hour (we are not talking about a time loop, but it seems that it is, because the last third is very repetitive), but its nihilism and violence are unsettling because the action seems as if it happens just a few minutes before the start film. future.
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So what happens after killer robots become sentient? Daniel Raboldt’s debut film, that’s what.
In it, robots completely captured and exterminated as much of humanity as they could – details are fuzzy, but it seems that few people remain. A shocked survivor, Tomasz (Stefan Ebel) travels in a foil-lined van and camps in an empty house in the forest, which he protects with a jury-generated force field. He meets Lilia (Siri Nase), a member of the local resistance, who plans to destroy the killing machines, and together they embark on a long walk to their mysterious destination.
Much of this, along with flashbacks showing how the world ended up in this confusion, is silently explained so as not to warn the new overlords – the German Live Dog is a bit like A Quiet Place with robots instead of aliens. Raboldt filmed in a Finnish forest beyond the Arctic Circle. It is an inspirational setting that lends the film its natural grandeur and beauty, yet gives it the impression of a bleak emptiness. Another advantage is that, unlike too many CG creatures, robots create a sense of immense weight. Throw in a steady, measured tempo that’s mostly addicting, and you’ve got a solid debut that doesn’t always live up to his ambitions, but at least gives a daring fight.
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Do not confuse this film with the vulgar (in a bad way) “Monster Hunters”.
This Monster Hunter is one in which a feline chef, a Meowscular chef, prepares a Benihana-style meal for a team of desert pirates led by Ron Perlman, who then asks a stunned Milla Jovovich, “What happened? Don’t you have cats in your world? “
If that makes you laugh – and I did – by all means, remember the absurdly entertaining last story by Jovovich and her husband, Paul V.S. Anderson, one of the best action directors.
Based on a video game, as is often the case with Anderson, the film is essentially an extended dash and battle sequence. Captain Jovovich Artemis finds herself in a strange landscape filled with bloodthirsty creatures that she must defeat if she ever wants to return home. Every time the beast falls, a larger one pops up. It’s good that a tough warrior played by Tony Jaa (from the Ong-Bak series) comes to the rescue. The film is big, loud, noisy and proudly nutty. Naturally, for such a shameless exercise in pulp fiction, the ending implies a continuation. Let’s.
Has there ever been a movie in which the flawless transition between dimensions went smoothly? Different threads and timelines tend not to interact harmoniously, creating a headache for everyone involved (including screenwriters trying to overcome minor paradoxes). These problems are at the heart of the indie film Gaurav Seth, in which a student experiment exploring the coexistence of multiple planes gets out of hand: this is what happens when STEM education spills over from physics to metaphysics.
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A car accident in the beginning is just one of a cascade of consequences and decisions, many of which are deeply personal to students. In one world, for example, a deaf woman (Sandra Mae Frank) can hear, but is that better? Another character gets so carried away that he forgets all about ethics and basic decency, which causes difficulties as to how to handle him. The film is most interesting when it juggles a series of interlocking tendrils – you may feel the need to revisit the beginning to find missing clues about the final plot twist. Seth likely had a portion of Paul V.S.’s budget. Anderson to power the Monster Hunter, so the description of the alternate realities of the Multiverse relies on dialogue and goldfish rather than the explosions and rampage of Black Diablo. But the problems he raises are almost as endless as the universes he poses.
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Some of the best “what if” scenarios elicit tangible emotional responses. This is the case with Chad Hartigan’s film, beautiful and heartbreaking, but without any manipulation or sentimentality. The hypothesis here is as simple as it is heartbreaking: What happens if a virus destroys the memory of a sick person? Emma (Olivia Cook, as good at the subtly shrill role as the influential rock vocalist in The Sound of Metal) talks about her experience of watching her husband Jude (Jack O’Connell) gradually forget who he is and what they mean to each other. Emma sees some of the practical consequences of the pandemic at the animal shelter where she works: people forget to take care of their dogs, which are then brought in and euthanized as no one picks them up or adopts them. She also watches as the couple, formed by their friends Ben (Raul Castillo) and Sam (Soko), drown when Ben passes out. And yet Emma is not ready when the disease hits home. You, the viewer, can be sure: before watching this most romantic and sad love story, be sure to prepare a box of napkins.