Film Review: Star Wars – Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Set 30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire in Return of the Jedi (1983), and the seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series, Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens, directed by J. J. Abrams, sees a new threat rise from the ashes. Led by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), The First Order are attempting to rule the galaxy, but the Resistance is still strong. Newcomers Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) join the fight with the Resistance, led by veterans of the Rebel Alliance, as they find out the truth about the Jedi force that they thought were only myths.

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First Look At The Ender’s Game’s Protagonist, Or Part Of Him

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

The first image has been released from Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game on the film’s Tumblr page this week but, more of a tease, all we have been treated to is the image of a boys neck that has a some form of implant attached.

For those who have read Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel of the same name that the film is adapted from, you may know what this means. For the rest of us, the science-fiction implication means that we can look forward to a different take on an imperilled society in a tech-heavy future.

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Film Review: Cowboys & Aliens

(Read this in my publication In Retrospect – Issue 1)

Based on the graphic novel of the same name created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg in 2006, Cowboys & Aliens is a Western sci-fi directed by Jon Favreau.

Set in Arizona in 1873, Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) wakes up in the middle of a desert with no recollection of who he is or what has happened to him. With a cut in his chest and a mysterious metallic object attached around his wrist, Jake stumbles into the town of Absolution where he is recognised as a wanted outlaw. When trying to escape, Ella Swenson (Olivia Wilde) knocks him out and is asked for by Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), a rich and influential cattleman who Jake has supposedly stolen some gold from.

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