Ad Astra is an astonishing achievement.
There’s no reason Kin couldn’t have used its sci-fi hook to examine the degradation of the American working class.
Upgrade is a clever genre mash-up. The film merges the tropes of the traditional revenge flick with speculative sci-fi,
at once indulging in genre thrills and commenting upon them.
At its best, Blade Runner 2049 is a film about negotiating the notion of identity in the dense lattice of a technological society. Villeneuve amplifies the first film’s themes of complicity in an oppressive society.
Ridley Scott uses all the black goop and snarling xenomorphs to stage an earnest, ambitious attempt to grapple with big ideas.
A film that asks “what if Alien but also Gravity?” and that’s about it.
Denis Villeneuve’s optimistic sci-fi ambitions are undermined by a trite, often clichéd screenplay.