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The Man from Earth: Holocene: Movie Review

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oldmanWith great expectations, I sat to watch the sequel to 2007 movie, ‘The Man from Earth’. Popcorn and all arranged. The original movie has gone on to attain a cult status. A story of a man who is 14000 years old, who was Jesus, hung out with Buddha and what not. Story told in a fairly scientific manner with proper research. I had many expectations with the sequel.

However, I found the Holocene underwhelming to say the least. First of all, it didn’t add anything to the story. Seemed more like a filler. I understand low budget and all, but the story was missing. Even the first movie was made on 200k budget, but had a solid plot.
Holocene is built upon nothing. 4 students at Johns new college find out his true identity and then he slips away. Writers tried to add a bit of religious discussion to it, but nothing substantial. I so wish they would have left the movie alone and never created this sequel or whatever it was.

Post credit message suggested they want to take it forward as a TV series. But that is no justification to leave the only new plot mystery unexplained. Not only Oldman’s starting to age destroys the soul of the first movie, but not explaining the reasons behind was pure cheating.

If the idea was to explain it in next movie or TV series, it should have been introduced towards the end. You cannot open with him starting to age and then leave it a mystery after 90 mins.

Much as I admire the first movie, I have no feeling towards the sequel. I don’t love it, I don’t hate it. I love the character of John Oldman so much, I would have liked even a fan service movie. But this was not even that. This seemed to be a 90 mins long snooze fest which served God knows what purpose.

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January 27, 2018 at 6:37 am

Spectre: Bond is back and how!

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spectreTo be true, I found last movie Skyfall a bit slow and at times boring. I have a certain set of expectations from a Bond movie. It should have a bit of Bondapa if not more. Spectre gives me that and then some.

You won’t find a better opening sequence. It’s grand and would have cost some good bucks. This is where Bond movies are different. They don’t shy away from being lavish. From the first frame to the last, the air engulfs you. You enter a make believe world and go globe-trotting.

A lot has been said about similarities between Bond and Mission Impossible movies. Truth is nowhere near. Ethan Hunt has to perform some serious stunts to look like Bond, whereas Bond is already Bond. The calmness and assuredness that James brings in just blows you away.

The car chase sequence between Bond and Bautista is a class sequence in all its glory. You can’t take your eyes away for even a second. We have seen a lot of car chases over the years. This one stands on its own feet. The elegance makes the difference.

With Bond girl Lea Seydoux, I initially suffered with the MI-4 hangover, where she played a French assassin, a negative role. If you have seen Mission Impossible-4, you might also feel the same. I was waiting for the moment she went rogue and shot James. Another actor with a different filmography would have been better. But she plays role earnestly.

Kudos to Christoph Waltz for keeping up with the legacy of some great Bond villains. He is able to carve out a character for himself and that in itself is a rare feat. His back story could have been a little better but still he brings in enough insanity to go the distance. Monica Bellucci dazzles in a brief appearance. Andrew Scott (arch villain of Sherlock) is wasted. Moneypenny, M and Q play their curtailed role perfectly.

Given that this might be the last time Daniel Craig reprised the role of 007, it serves a fitting finale for his run. It gives closure to his previous Bond films and proves even Bond can have a happy ending.

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November 26, 2015 at 2:45 am

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The Martian: Entertaining Flick with nothing new to offer

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The-Martian-movie-posterAt the onset would like to mention that I liked the movie. However it suffered a bit due to the Interstellar and Gravity hangover which never let the movie standout and carve a niche for its own.

All through the drama I had this feeling of déjà vu. Like I have seen this all before. Space travel and spaceship gave me a feel of Interstellar. Space survival drama a bit like Gravity.

As I said overall the movie is good. Science is top notch. The hexadecimal communication is brilliant. So are other survival solutions. Movie has its heart and mind at the right place. What is missing is the novelty. Maybe if had come a bit later, when we were over the recent sci-fi’s, it would have made more impact. The fact that Matt Demon was himself stranded on a planet in Interstellar didn’t help either.

I found it more on the side of a pop corn thriller. The CNSA part looked artificially induced plot to score big in China (not unlike Transformers 4). A helpful but helpless aid of the in-charge sending encoded message to the Ares 3 crew also seemed borrowed. Tom Hanks has already done the stranded drama not once but twice. So when Matt is all alone on Mars, again it felt nothing to sit up and notice.

As I said apart from the science, which also at times is not explained to common people properly and I bet will go over the head for most, there is not much originality in the movie.

All in all, The Martian is a feel good pop-corn sci-fi with nothing new to offer. At the same time, whatever it offers has been made with a good heart. I wanted the movie not to end as I was enjoying it a lot. My feelings are kind of mixed. Not path breaking but entertaining. Much like Armageddon.

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October 13, 2015 at 2:20 pm

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