Predestination Movie Review (Time Travel Science Fiction)

Just finished watching “Predestination” (2014 Australian science fiction film), and I have to say this movie is a time travel gem in science fiction.  We all love the idea of time travel, because it allows us to imagine that we can go back in time to fix our mistakes or to change something for the better and so forth.  Nonetheless, “Predestination” isn’t similar to other time travel movies I’d seen.  “Predestination” is unique in a way that it puts way more limitation on time travel mechanism than any other time travel movies I’d seen.

The script in “Predestination” weaves the order of interwoven plots together quite nicely, and only by watching the whole film closely that I could be so amused by the ending of the movie.  Nonetheless, as the movie had gone through 75% of its timeline, I already figured out the essence of the main plot, but I was still amazed how the ending created even more interest about the whole movie for me.

The actors in “Predestination” are amazing in the movie.  They are quite believable in their roles.  Nonetheless, if you had watched the movie already you would probably know why it’s even more amazing to see these actors pull through since the main plot of the movie depends on them to surprise you as the viewer to the very end.  Is it hard for these actors to surprise you with the movie’s main plot in the end?  I don’t know, but at least in the movie you can see these actors pull you in throughout the movie to very end, even after the essence of the main plot was revealed.

While watching, at first the movie feels like a low budget movie, but after you sink deeper into the movie the low budget feeling is no longer there but the other feeling creeps in which is as if how you would praise how intelligent the plot is.  After finishing watching the film I had to go online to get more clarification on the main plot, because the ending does leave you feel like something is missing — in a good way.  You would question how would the whole main plot of the movie is even possible in the first place.  Especially at the end of the movie you probably would wonder what’s the point of time travel after all.  You would know what I meant by that if you had already watched the movie.

According to Wikipedia, “Predestination” was directed by The Spierig Brothers.  The screenplay is based on “All You Zombies” (1959) short story by Robert A. Heinlein.  The main stars in the movie are Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, and Noah Taylor.  I definitely recommend this movie for viewers who like to read books and watch movies on Time Travel.  It’s a science fiction for sure, and so I think the science fiction people will like it too.

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Amazing CG Effects Make Gantz: 0 A Stunning Anime To Watch On Netflix

If you got Netflix, you definitely want to check out Gantz: 0 3D animation.  The computer graphics for this animation is the best I have seen so far for this type of entertainment.  Basically, it’s a full length movie.  The story is a bit weird, because there are monsters and people in high tech suits.  Nonetheless, the main plot is coherent enough to allow you enjoy the movie as a movie.  People who are following Japanese anime shouldn’t be surprised how the story of Gantz: 0 would unfold, because Gantz: 0 is an anime but in 3D.  This 3D anime’s CG effects are so amazing.  It’s so amazing to the point that it got me thinking if I’m playing a video game, I wish my video game got to be this realistic and amazing.  I hope the CG effects that created Gantz: 0 would eventually be adopted by the video game industry.  It would be stunning indeed.

Movie Review: Schindler’s List

By now, almost everyone who has had intense interest in the history of the massacre of Jews in World War II by the Nazis should have heard of Oskar Schindler.  Thanks to Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” film, Oskar Schindler is ever firmer being immortalized in our hearts.  I’ve watched “Schindler’s List” many times, and each time I get so emotional by finishing it.  The film is amazing, because it’s so meticulously painting the evil deeds that the Nazis had done.

Although the film was released in 1993, but it’s timeless.  Thanks to the fact that Oskar Schindler was a real person who had made real contribution to humankind by preserving lives while others killed in World War II.  Half of the battle is won by having a really good script, and so the other half would require great actors.  Liam Neeson is just amazing in his role of Oskar Schindler.  In the film, he isn’t overacting, and so his just right method of acting as Oskar Schindler brings the real Oskar Schindler back to life and onto the big screen.

I don’t usually like black and white movies, but somehow I’ve never felt that I’d been watching black and white movie whenever I’m watching Schindler’s List.  I like how Steven Spielberg had one particular artistic moment to be included in this black and white (Schindler’s List) movie is when a little girl runs around in a red dress.  In one of the earliest scenes, we see her in a red dress, running to hide under the bed; later on we see her lifeless body, in a red dress, carting off to be burned.

“Schindler’s List” is one of those films that I won’t mind watching over and over again.  I like to imagine when all hope is lost, there is an Oskar Schindler somewhere who would genuinely light a torch to eradicate some darkness.

The film depicts Oskar Schindler as an opportunistic man, because at first he was all about making the money.  After seeing so many Jews were killed off by the Nazis, Oskar Schindler took on the mission to save the Jews that he employed in his factories.  He went out of his way by spending off his fortune to save as many Jews as he could.  Because of Schindler’s audacity in saving his Jews, generations of Jews survived after World War II.

In summary, I think “Schindler’s List” is one of those timeless masterpieces.  In my opinion, the film does a good job on bringing Oskar Schindler’s figure back to life.  Besides “Schindler’s List” as being a good film, it has a very powerful message in which we all can treasure till the end of humankind’s time.  The message is of course, regardless of skin color and religion, lives matter.  I think “Schindler’s List” is a perfect movie for showing in a history class so the students can learn more about the horrors of World War II.

TV Show Review: Outlander

If you’ve gotten Amazon Prime and considered to subscribe to Starz, then you should watch Outlander.  I’m in the process of canceling my Showtime add-on subscription, because I signed up with Starz add-on subscription in Amazon Prime.  It’s Outlander TV show/series which attracted me to Starz in the first place.  I’ve to say I’m not regretting this decision at all.  I think Outlander is an amazing TV show.

Personally, I’m falling in love with Caitriona Balfe’s Outlander character known as Claire Randall.  This is my first time seeing Caitriona Balfe on screen, because I don’t think I have seen her in a show before.  Basically, Caitriona Balfe brings Claire Randall alive as a World War II nurse in 1945 and as Claire Fraser in 1700s.

World War II has just ended, and Claire’s future is uncertain.  Well, she thinks with the war is behind her, things should be picking up for her and Frank Randall (her husband).  During the war, Frank and Claire got separated so often that they rarely had time to nurture a relationship.  After all, a nurse and an officer/spy would definitely be quite intense in their respectable World War II roles, and so it’s quite reasonable for them to be separated during wartime.

Things speed up when Claire and Frank decide to have a second honeymoon in Scottish Highlands.  Claire isn’t completely falling in love with archaeology, but she has sympathy for the profession since she has had an archaeologist as an uncle.  Frank though, is deeply in love with the history of his own genealogy, and so a second honeymoon in Scottish Highlands is a well planned honeymoon.  So they thought!

After the trip to Craigh na Dun (similar to Stonehenge site), Claire decides to go back to Craigh na Dun on her own to take a second look on the herbs there.  After all, Claire is very interested in herbs and medicines.  Unfortunately, this is one trip which turns her future, or shall we say her past upside down.  A fairytale ensues.

Outlander’s main plot exaggerates real Scottish history with fictional characters such as Jamie Fraser (and so on).  Thanks to wonderful actors such as Caitriona Balfe (as Claire Randall), Sam Heughan (as Jamie Fraser), and Tobias Menzies (as Johnathan “Black Jack” Randall and Frank Randall), Outlander pulls me into a wonderful historical/fairytale timeline of Scotland.  The show gets really intense in the second season, because Black Jack Randall’s perverse grows evermore intense.  Jamie Fraser’s heroic character takes a big turn when Black Jack Randall exercises his perverseness on Jamie.

In summary, Outlander is a very good TV show, but children should stay away from this show since nudity occurs quite frequently.  The actors in the show are great in their roles.  I think Tobias Menzies does wonder with his double role as Frank Randall and Johnathan “Black Jack” Randall.  It’s great that Caitriona Balfe pulls off as a modern woman who learns how to live among the Scottish people of two centuries earlier in Scottish Highlands.  In my opinion, Sam Heughan is so believable as a warrior of Scottish Highlands, and he brings amazing chemistry onto the screen whenever his role and Caitriona Balfe’s role collide.  With these wonderful actors and amazing storyline, I won’t be surprised if you, yourself, are going to be fully immersed in this fairytale.

Movie Review: Lucky Number Slevin

I think I’d seen Lucky Number Slevin before, but I forgot all about it.  Now, I’d just seen it again, and I think this is one gem that I should have not forgotten about.  In my opinion, it’s really a good movie.  Although this movie came out in 2006, it feels relevant, still, today.  After all, humans got all types of sin, and so a movie which turns both the good guys and the bad guys into one big funny, sinful dance is definitely relevant.  You don’t have to really understand what I just ranted on something about a sinful dance, because it would be such a spoiler if I just tell you the twists and turns within the movie.  You have to watch it for yourself to maybe know what I’d ranted on about.

Anyhow, Josh Hartnett plays his role so brilliantly in the movie.  After years of not remembering the plot of the movie, the movie managed to surprise me with its twists and turns.  The only time I knew I had watched this movie before was when I remembered a few scenes here and there, but I missed all the major twists and turns.  The amazing thing is that this movie feels like a comedy, but it’s not.  Bruce Willis’s coolness and Josh Hartnett’s funniness somehow make this movie a beautiful gem to watch.  The combination is quite nice I must say.

To top it off, this movie got awesome cast members such as Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, and Lucy Liu.  These wonderful actors make the movie feels real.  Morgan Freeman looks benevolent, but he is one sinful gangster, which Ben Kingsley, successfully, in his odd way, contrasts Morgan Freeman as a funny but naughty gangster.  Lucy Liu looks clueless, but she tries her best to figure out her new friend Josh Hartnett.  Sometimes, Lucy Liu looks as if she is the smartest girl in town, because she does autopsy in her awesome white clinical robe.

In summary, if you have missed the 2006 gem, Lucky Number Slevin, I think you should check it out.  Even though the movie came out in 2006, it feels so relevant still.  It got actions and funny lines, and so you won’t be feeling bored out of your mind.  Of course, movie is like art, because what matters is the beauty in the eye of the beholder.  Of course, if you’re lucky, this movie will definitely give you a good time.

Television Show Review: Humans

Humans is a show which plays with the idea of artificial intelligences known as synths.  These synths are being programmed to go one step beyond simulation, because they got consciousness.  Thus the synths act like they’re humans.  Basically, the show is trying to ask a question in which we humans are naturally wanting to know.  The question is, what our future, as a humanity, will be if there are real artificial intelligence beings?

I’m surprised to see that I’m enjoying Humans, because I didn’t expect to like it in the first place.  Nonetheless, I’m already on episode eight of season one.  In my opinion, the actors in the show are great, because their acting convinces me to feel as if artificial intelligence with consciousness can really be achieved.

I like Gemma Chan in her role as Mia, because she acts really well in her role as a synth.  She moves between being a simulated synth to a synth with consciousness rather well.  Her role is quite hard too I think, because I like how one moment she is totally human and another she transforms back into a robotic, slave-like synth.

Watching Humans, I can see myself in the future easily, because the only thing that is radically different is the synth technology.  Everything else seems to be rather normal.  For an example, cars are still being driven by an operator behind a steering wheel.  Nonetheless, I think the director could have allowed self-driven car to be the norm for transportation in the show, because self-driven car is already a real technology in real life.  A good example of this would be some buses in China are already being self-driven.

Humans’ overall plot may not be your cup of tea, but the show is addressing a very interesting fiction which may come true in the future.  As we all know it, machine learning and deep learning technologies are already available, but we as humans may be able to one day become the father and mother of artificial intelligence that is one step beyond the sorts of simulations we have today.  By then, what will become of humanity?  Anyhow, you can check out Humans on Amazon’s Prime Video service.  I checked Netflix, but I didn’t see Humans was available for streaming.