“Blade Runner” by Ridley Scott (USA, 1982)

Blade Runner

Great ‘film noir’ atmosphere and expressionist settings, but paper thin personages and simplistic script

Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples
Music by Vangelis
Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth
Film Editing by Marsha Nakashima, Terry Rawlings

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“Moon” (Duncan Jones, USA 2009)

Moon

SPOILER AHEAD: A culminating moment is when the main character discovers that he’s just a clone, and that everything he loves and knows has been implanted in his memory. Standing in a desolate lunar landscape, he looks at the earth, knowing that he has nowhere to go back to, that no one there is waiting for him.

Cast: Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell, Kevin Spacey as Voice of Gerty
Directed by Duncan Jones
Written by Nathan Parker
From a story by Duncan Jones
Music by Clint Mansell
Cinematography by Gary Shaw
Film Editing by Nicolas Gaster

 

“Snowpiercer” (Joon-ho Bong, South Korea 2013)

Snowpiercer

Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Alison Pill, Octavia Spencer
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Screenplay: Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson
Original Story: Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, Jean-Marc Rochette
Director of Photography: Kyung-Pyo Hong
Original Music: Marco Beltrami

“Total Recall” (Paul Verhoeven, USA 1990)

Total Recall

A potentially good story turned into a stupid action movie with lots of shooting and meaningless violence. A positive point: one of the first movies in which women are physically involved in the action.

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Screenplay by Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, Gary Goldman
Photographed by Jost Vacano
Edited by Frank J. Urioste
Music by Jerry Goldsmith

“Deep Impact” (Mimi Leder, USA 1998)

Deep Impact

An interesting mix of personages: a woman that has her daughter around when she’s at work, cosmonauts as parents, an ‘old’ man as cosmonaut, a black president (years before Obama), a teenager boy and girl getting married…  but too scattered along the mainline of the story.

Cast: Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, Morgan Freeman, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave
Directed: Mimi Leder
Written: Michael Tolkin, Bruce Joel Rubin
Music: James Horner
Cinematography: Dietrich Lohmann
Editing: Paul Cichocki, David Rosenbloom