Film Reviews by DS

Welcome to DS's film reviews page. DS has written 5 reviews and rated 12 films.

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Color Out of Space

A dreadful film, almost amateur in its production.

(Edit) 13/06/2020

This is promoted as a sci fi film but in fact it is a very unoriginal derivative horror film. There is no coherent plot and the effects and ideas are all taken from other horror and sci fi genres. The first part of the film is slow and does not really gel with the later parts where the events become stupid rather than scary. The film cannot be viewed as really funny i.e. ott or as really scary. I have rarely seen such a bad film that has a reasonable cast. There are some awful B movies out there but this film has the look of a first project by a bunch of film students experimenting with CGI and special effects.

There are some very well produced and scary sci films e.g. Ridley Scott's Alien. The Color of Space is not one of these.

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Prospect

The worst sci fi film I have seen

(Edit) 19/05/2019

This film looks like it was made by a motley team of film students in the 1970s. It screams low budget and and has a boring nonsensical plot. Most of the "action" consists of people walking around in space/climate suits in a forest that looks very Earth-like. It has zero interest and originality and the acting is pure ham. I fast forwarded much of it to avoid pulling out my own fingernails to alleviate the pain of viewing this dreadful offering. Do not waste your time watching this film.

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Justice League

film without a coherent plot

(Edit) 10/05/2018

The best aspect of this film is the theme song by Leonard Cohen, sung by Sigrid. The film is like a child's comic with cardboard cutout characters and a banal plot line. The target age group appears to be 6 -10 year olds. The film would have been better as an animated production. The regeneration of superman was silly. In contrast the film "Wonderwoman" was much better even if a little far fetched.

I think Gal Gadot was wasted in Justice league. The batman character was thrown around in such an extreme way that any normal human body would be shredded even if encased in body armour. The real problem with Justice League is that it did not make it's mind up whether to be a pure childrens' comic book romp or a more serious film appealing to a wider age group.

The film utimately showcases the more unbelievable side of CGI and as such can only appeal to uncritical children.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

entertaining but flawed

(Edit) 20/12/2017

The basic premise of the film is OK and the plot passable but the main characters are anaemic and underwhelming, lacking grit and substance. The CGI elements of the film are derivative and less believable than star wars. The film may appeal to teenagers who play games on their phones but the overall offering was not worthy of the talent of Luc Besson bearing in mind what he achieved with

"The Fifth Element". The latter film had humour, drama and good acting.

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Doctor Strange

CGI fest

(Edit) 23/11/2017

This film is a celebration of CGI and frankly ends up seeming ridiculous as buildings morph into a kaleidoscope of shapes and sizes.

The main character is rather two dimensional, and the presented persona of a caring doctor trying to "help" people is a little at odds with the sports car driving playboy who vainly craves attention and recognition for his prowess as a surgeon. The film is entertaining after a fashion, but has not really made its mind up whether it wants to be a childrens film with splashy CGI and baddies, or a more serious film dealing with issues of good and evil and the pursuit of glory. The film is OK for teenagers and younger.

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