What Still Remains (2018)

Director: Josh Mendoza

Writer: Josh Mendoza (Screenplay)

Starring: Lulu Antariksa, Colin O’Donoghue, Mimi Rogers, Dohn Norwood, Jeff Kober, Peter O’Brien, Roshon Fegan

 

Plot: After the loss of her family, a young woman struggles to survive in a world long-since destroyed by disease; but when a lonely traveler offers her a place in his community, she must decide if the promise of a better life is worth the risk of trusting him.


Tagline – People become their own kind of monster.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The End of The World as We Know It

 

Story: What Still Remains starts in the world destroyed by a disease, Anna (Antariksa) lives with her brother and mother in a remote location just looking to survive, when she loses both of them in one day, she continues on alone, until one day a mysterious stranger Peter (O’Donoghue) arrives, offering a community and safety.

Joining Peter, Anna returns to the community seeing the good and bad parts of world on the way before joining the community.

 

Thoughts on What Still Remains

 

Characters – Anna is a young woman living in a disease riddled world, she has survived with her family in the middle of nowhere, until one day she loses them both. With training on how to survive she will continue to work alone to survive, until she meets a stranger that offers her hope of a better life, she wants to remain independent in this world which she might not get anymore. Peter is the mysterious stranger that offers Anna hope of a new life in a religious like community, he comes of like a good guy that only wants to help, but we soon learn his motives. Judith is one of the leaders in the community, she has helped raise the numbers with her religious beliefs which bring people together. We do get other community members, enemies and danger filled characters along the way.

PerformancesLulu Antariksa is the clear star of the film, her character like the audience learns everything as it happens, and we like to see just how she reacts to everything in a natural calm manner. Colin O’Donoghue is good in the supporting role keeping us wondering around his character. The rest of the cast do well with how they interact with Lulu.

StoryThe story follows the world destroyed by disease with the survivors living off the map, we follow Anna a young woman that has been in such situation. We follow the solo Anna that needs to make a decision about surviving alone or with others, learning about how dangerous people can be. We have seen this style of film before and we know that Anna is the type of character that will need to make the big decisions. The tried and tested formula keeps things simple and by the end of the story you will be wanting to see what will happen next.

ThrillerThe film does have an air of tension throughout, mostly around Anna being unsure about everything that is going on, we know she knows how to survive in her comfort zone, now the tension is around how she can cope away from it.

SettingsThe film takes place in the woodland area around any city, we don’t touch any of the cities and any communities are just located within created walls, which does make sense.

Special EffectsThe effects are only used when needed, they are for the battles with none of them looking out of place.


Scene of the Movie –
Anna’s next step.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We don’t get enough information about the reasons for the battle between the two communities.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good survival thriller, it has a wonderful lead performance and puts us in a world you can believe to have be destroyed by a disease.

 

Overall: Survival thriller we know.

Rating

 

 

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ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – G – GadgetGang in Outer Space (2017)

Director: Ale McHaddo

Writer: Ale McHaddo (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Danilo Gentili, Brian Munn, Mia Kowalski, Malsa Silva, Guilherme Briggs

 

Plot: When a spaceship crashes to Earth and reveals a group of quirky little space aliens on the run for their lives, the “GadgetGang” kids-Gus, Phoebe, Francesco, Mitsue, Mary Ann, Banana and Tank-soon discover this won’t be the boring weekend they had expected. They soon learn that in a point far from the galaxy, an evil warlord named Gana Golber has seized control of the Confederation of Planets and now all of the planets are in danger-including Earth!

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Perfect for the Younger Kids

 

Story: GadgetGang in Outer Space starts when a crew of bundling aliens cause havoc at their home planet which leads them to be set on a mission, only to crash land on Earth meeting the GadgetGang, a group of human kids that have been left in detention after destroying a science project.

Now the two groups need to work together to save the universe from an impending threat which is coming to destroy the universe as we know it.

 

Thoughts on GadgetGang in Outer Space

 

Characters – The characters work for the kids aged movie, we have the humans characters that fill the basic needs, ambitious and clumsy leader of the gang, the muscles, the beauty queen, the annoying little sister, the smart one and the wacky one, we see this in the alien characters too, everything between these characters works through the film well and you can enjoy the references to sci-fi movies the different aged characters come up with.

StoryThe story here takes humans going on a space adventure with a group of aliens that don’t fit in their world and together they must work together to save the universe. This ticks the boxes needed for a kids adventure movie and never makes the story over complicated or overly peril based, we have a large group of characters which will give them a different character to enjoy too.

Adventure/Comedy/Sci-FiThe adventure takes our characters into space which helps bring us to the sci-fi elements of the film with many different species of aliens, the comedy comes in well with most coming from references to previous sci-fi based films.

SettingsThe film does takes us to different planets which all have their own unique look about them.

AnimationThe animation does have its own look to it and seem to be the style the Brazilian’s prefer to use.


Scene of the Movie –
The final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The aliens reminded me of the Animaniacs too often.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good film to put on for the kids, it will keep them entertained and you might find yourself laughing at certain jokes through the film.

 

Overall: Kids will enjoy.

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – G – Gravity (2013) Movie Rob’s Pick

This Review comes from the Mr Movies himself Movie Rob, Remember if you want to join in, let me know.
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“Listen, do you wanna go back, or do you wanna stay here? I get it. It’s nice up here. You can just shut down all the systems, turn out all the lights, and just close your eyes and tune out everyone. There’s nobody up here that can hurt you. It’s safe. I mean, what’s the point of going on? What’s the point of living? Your kid died. Doesn’t get any rougher than that. But still, it’s a matter of what you do now. If you decide to go, then you gotta just get on with it. Sit back, enjoy the ride. You gotta plant both your feet on the ground and start livin’ life. Hey, Ryan? It’s time to go home. ” – Matt

Number of Times Seen – 5 (9 Dec 2013, 11 Dec 2013, 2 Feb 2014, 28 Sep 2014, 25 Mar 2015 and 5 Aug 2018)

Link to original review – Herehereherehere and Here

Brief Synopsis – After a mishap in space, two astronauts get stranded and must find a way to get back home safely.

My Take on it – This is an amazing film which takes the concept of characters shipwrecked on a deserted island and transplants them to space in order to “modernize” the idea.

The story is extremely gripping and thrilling and they manage to keep the level of suspense high the entire time.

The fact that the film is mostly done with just two characters throughout a majority of the story allows us to really feel the impressive performances of both Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Each of them help keep the story engaging the entire time through their actions and dialogue.

This film was very deserving of it’s 7 Oscars in technical categories because it is able to create such a realistic story in the vacuum of space.

Director Alfonso Cuaron does an exceptional job directing this film by piecing together so many elements of a story that on the surface seems very simplistic  but since it’s layered, it is actually quite complex.

Cuaron won an Oscar for Best Director yet the film failed to win est Picture that year which went to 12 Years a Slave (2013).

Both films are extremely diverse and it’s hard deciding which one is better but tis one manages to get so much more right that for me, it’s a simple choice.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that is able to recreate a modern “shipwreck” situation in space. The story is quite gripping the entire time and the fact that only two characters appear throughout most of the film, we get to actually feel these impressive performances by both Clooney and Bullock who manage to keep things engaging the whole time.  This film is a technical wonder and there is no doubt that it deserved all 7 of its technical Oscars while creating an amazing story in space.  Cuaron does a superb job directing this film as he pieced together all elements of this seemingly simple story but it is so layered and complex throughout. Not an easy choice between this and 12 Years a Slave (2013) because they are so very different films, but this one is the better of the two. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  The film’s cascade of debris is a very real possibility. This scenario is known as the Kessler syndrome, named after N.A.S.A. scientist Donald J. Kessler who first proposed the theory in 1978. A cascading Kessler syndrome involving an object the size of the International Space Station would trigger a catastrophic chain-reaction of debris. The orbiting debris field would make it impossible to launch space exploration missions or satellites for many decades. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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