Many people don’t know of this great American author called Philip K. Dick. He was a short story writer and wrote quite a few pieces, that eventually were the source of great movies like Total Recall, Blade Runner, Minority Report, etc. All these movies are more than just your advance sci-fi or fast forwarded a few years type of movie. These are extremely iconic and cult movies, conveying a deeper message than we realize/comprehend. The movie is based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”
I had not seen Blade Runner – until perhaps 1984/85, did not understand it much then. Only when I saw it again during my college days, did I really enjoy the film. 25 Years after original came out, Director Ridley Scott (Wiki – IMDB) came out with the Director’s cut, which he aptly titled “Blade Runner: The Final Cut”.
|Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Director Ridley Scott).|
|Here is Ridley Scott’s interview in Wired Magazine and his full transcript of the interview.|
Here is the original 1982 trailer for it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPcZHjKJBnE)
Here is the 2007 trailer for the Final Cut (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPf5g-EPQSM)
The IMDB Page Entry is here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083658/
Movie is Rated: R – Playtime: 117 Minutes
Year: 1982 (Original) – 2007 (Director’s Cut)
Wiki: Blade Runner
Official Website: http://bladerunnerthemovie.warnerbros.com/
Verdict: One of those movies you had to see before you die.
The film is set in 2019 (not far away eh!) in where else but Los Angeles, where genetically engineered organic robots called replicants that are visually indistinguishable from adult humans are manufactured by the all-powerful Tyrell Corporation as well as other mega manufacturers around the world.
Replicant are NOT allowed on Earth. They are banned. Most of the replicants are used for dangerous, laborious or leisure work off Earth – called “off-world colonies”
Replicants who defy the ban of them being on Earth are hunted down and ‘retired’ by a special forces group called “Blade Runners”.
The plot of the movie is for a burnt-out expert blade runner “Rick Deckard” who agrees to take on one more assignment to see and retire the four replicants who are on Earth – these Nexus-6 models are very advanced but have only a 4 year lifespan and hence they are on Earth to try to expand their lifespan.
Harrison Ford (Wiki – IMDB) plays the role of Deckard – the blade runner. It is a very young Harrison Ford with amazing acting. Assisting Deckard from the Tyrell Corporation is Tyrell’s assistant Rachael (played by Sean Young – Wiki – IMDB). Rachael is an experimental replicant who believes she is human. Rachael’s childhood memories are those of Tyrell’s niece.
Deckard and Rachael form a relationship during the movie (wouldn’t be any good to have a movie where there is indistinguishable love between a human and a replicant).
Pris is Batty’s partner – she is also a replicant – a pleasure model – which is done to show the human side of the replicants and their need for pleasure, etc. Pris is played out by again a very young Daryl Hannah (Wiki – IMDB).
The movie is a great iconic movie – imagine writing a book like this in the 60s and making a movie out of it – in 1992 it still captures our imagination to date.
Salt the movie was on my list, especially since I just love the whole spy thingy. I had seen the trailers, and read reviews and just could not wait for this movie to come out. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. The movie is damn entertaining and if you’re feeling bored, this is a pick-me-upper for sure!
Here is the official trailer for it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ40WlshNwU)
Here is another trailer for the movie:
The IMDB Page Entry is here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944835/
Movie is Rated: PG-13 – Playtime: 100 Minutes
Wiki: Salt (Film)
Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/salt/
Verdict: Fast paced, entertaining, how can you not watch this film. What are you waiting for – go get it!
Summary: Evelyn Salt is a CIA Agent (played by Angelina Jolie – Wiki – IMDB). Her boss is Ted Winter (played by Liev Schrieber – Wiki – IMDB). They are about to leave for the day, when a ‘walker’ comes in and defects. The walker says, “A Russian spy will kill the President of Russia in New York City, as the Funeral of the Vice President of the US”.
In short, they think he’s just bullshitting and the interrogation teams tells Agent Salt to wrap it up, and just as Agent Salt is walking out the walker says:
Walker: “Don’t you want to know the name of the Russian spy – the name of the spy is Evelyn Salt”
Agent Salt: “My name is Evelyn Salt”
Walker: “Then you are a Russian spy”
Protocol demands that Agent Salt be brought in for questioning by a counter-espioinage department whose Agent-In-Charge is Agent Peabody (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor – Wiki – IMDB), to determine if she is a mole or a double-agent. Well, you really did not think she was just going to give herself in - no, if that were to happen, it would be a pretty short movie.
She runs out and then all hell breaks loose. I am not going to spoil it for you – but there is an amazing twist in the end.
When Martin Scorsese (Wiki – IMDB) makes a movie – you just gotta see it. I had heard about Shutter Island and saw the trailer, could not wait for it to come out on HD so I could watch it. Wow! What a great movie. Albeit I don’t want to give the plot away (you can always read the Wiki page for the spoiler), but this is a fantastic movie.
Here is the official trailer for it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYVrHkYoY80)
The IMDB Page Entry is here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1130884/
Movie is Rated: R – Playtime: 138 Minutes
Wiki: Shutter Island
Official Page: http://www.shutterisland.com
Verdict: A MUST watch movie. Truly entertaining.
Summary: Leonardo DiCaprio [Wiki - IMDB] (who play the role of US Marshall Teddy Daniels) and his partner is played by Mark Ruffalo [Wiki - IMDB] (as Chuck Aule) the movie is about two US Marshalls going to this island hospital called Ashecliff Hospital (for the criminally insane) called “Shutter Island” (off Boston Harbor) to investigate a murderess who has gone missing and presumably is on the island. The Head psychiatrist of the hospital is played by Ben Kingsley [Wiki - IMDB] who in the movie is Dr. John Cawley, and there is some superb acting by Max von Sydow [Wiki - IMDB] who plays the role of resident psychiatrist / surgeon Dr. Jeremiah Naehring.