Demolition Man

I have recently watched this Exciting action, Science fiction film again. It starts In 1996, when a psychopathic criminal Simon Phoenix kidnaps a number of hostages and takes refuge with his gang in an abandoned building. LAPD Sgt. John Spartan leads an assault to capture Phoenix. However Phoenix sets off a series of explosives that destroy the building and The corpses of the hostages are found in the rubble. This leads to the arrest of Spartan for manslaughter and he is incarcerated along with Phoenix in the city’s new “California Cryo-Penitentiary”, where they are cryogenically frozen and exposed to subconscious rehabilitation techniques.

During their incarceration, the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Barbara are merged into a single metropolis under the name San Angeles. The city becomes a utopia run under the pseudo-pacifist guidance and control of the evangelistic Dr. Raymond Cocteau, where human behavior is tightly controlled. In 2032, Phoenix is thawed for a parole hearing. However he escapes the prison. The police, having not dealt with violent crime for many years, are unable to handle Phoenix. Lt. Lenina Huxley suggests that Spartan – the police officer who caught Phoenix – be revived and reinstated to the force to help them stop him again.

So Spartan, having spent 36 years in cryo-stasis until now, is thawed, reinstated, and assigned to Lieutenant Lenina Huxley. Spartan finds the future depressing and oppressive while Others on the police force find his behavior brutish and uncivilized, and Huxley, though fascinated by the lifestyles of the late 20th century, is also disgusted by some of Spartan’s behaviour.

Meanwhile Six officers are killed by Phoenix during his escape. Spartan eventually confronts Phoenix at the local museum where he has raided a weapon exhibition to arm himself. However Phoenix manages to escape and encounters Dr. Cocteau who asks Him to assassinate Edgar Friendly, the leader of the resistance group called the Scraps which fight against Cocteau’s rule, and he allows Phoenix to bring other criminals out of cryo-sleep to help.

At the Scraps’ underground base, Spartan discovers that the Scraps are in fact all homeless and starving people who have rejected Dr. Cocteau’s oppressive vision of an ideal society. Spartan warns Friendly of the threat from Phoenix and his gang who subsequently attack, Spartan pursues Phoenix. However once again Phoenix escapes, so Spartan seeks help from the Scraps as they emerge in force to get food. Phoenix returns to kill Dr. Cocteau with his gang Then goes back to the CryoPrison and begin to thaw out the most dangerous convicts. So Spartan enters the prison to prevent Phoenix releasing the most dangerous criminals from cryogenic suspension in an explosive and exciting showdown.

Kong:Skull Island

The film Kong – Skull Island is out on DVD Soon. It stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary, and John C. Reilly.

The film follows a team of scientists and Vietnam War soldiers during 1973, including former British Special Air Service Captain James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) who is hired by government agent Bill Randa (John Goodman) to guide an expedition to map out the uncharted “Skull Island” somewhere in the Pacific. Randa also recruits the Sky Devils, a helicopter squadron led by Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) his right-hand, Major Jack Chapman (Toby Kebbell) and Captain Earl Cole (Shea Whigham) to escort them to the island. The group is also joined by pacifist photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), who suspects that it is actually a corrupt military operation fronted by Monarch industries.

Arriving on Skull Island, Packard’s men begin dropping explosives despite Conrad’s objections. Predictably The helicopters are suddenly attacked and many are destroyed. The survivors are then faced with the task of staying alive in a dangerous primordial World full of giant killer creatures. Their only hope for rescue is a resupply team that will meet them at the island’s northern end in three days time. Meanwhile Conrad, Weaver, Brooks, biologist San Lin (Jing Tian), soldier Reg Slivko (Thomas Mann) and Landsat employee Victor Nieves (John Orti), among others, encounter local Iwi natives and meet Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly), a missing pilot who crash-landed on the island in 1944 with a Japanese pilot.

Marlow explains that Kong is the island’s guardian and is worshipped as a god by the natives for protecting them from the Skullcrawlers, underground reptilian monsters who have slaughtered Kong’s ancestors, leaving him as the last of his kind. Conrad and Weaver later learn from Monarch Industries that Kong is not the only monster and that many other monsters such as Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah may also exist.

Conrad’s group sets off down the river in a boat recovered by Marlow, where they are attacked by flying reptiles. Marlow reluctantly leads both Conrad and Packard’s team to the Forbidden Zone, a forgotten battleground between Kong’s ancestors and Skullcrawlers where they are attacked by Skullcrawlers. Conrad decides to lead the non-military personnel back to the boat so they can rendezvous with the resupply team.  Conrad Marlow and Weaver then decide to save Kong. However Packard disagrees and tries to clobber kong. Conrad and Weaver convince the other soldiers to spare Kong, but Packard refuses. The group plus King Kong are then suddenly attacked by a really big monster called “Ramarak” in an explosive and exciting showdown.

Paul Verhoeven

Dutch film director, film producer, television director, television producer, and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven was born 18 July 1938 in Amsterdam, however the family lived in the village of Slikkerveer. In 1943 the family moved to The Hague, the location of the German headquarters in the Netherlands during World War II. The Verhoeven house was near a German military base with V1 and V2-rocket launchers, which was repeatedly bombed by allied forces. Their neighbours’ house was hit and Verhoeven’s parents were almost killed when bombs fell on a street crossing. From this period, Verhoeven mentioned in interviews, he remembers images of violence, burning houses, dead bodies on the street, and continuous danger. As a small child he experienced the war as an exciting adventure and compares himself with the character Bill Rowan in Hope and Glory.

Verhoeven’s father became head teacher at the Van Heutszschool in The Hague, and Paul attended this school. Sometimes they watched informative films at home with the school’s film projector. Paul and his father often saw American films, such as The Crimson Pirate. Verhoeven also liked The War of the Worlds (1953). Paul Verhoeven was a fan of the Dutch comic Dick Bos (nl). The character Dick Bos is a private detective who fights crime using jujutsu. Verhoeven himself liked comic drawing; he created the character The Killer, he also liked Frankenstein and the Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom series. Verhoeven attended public secondary school Gymnasium Haganum in The Hague. Later, beginning in 1955, he studied at Leiden University, where he joined the elite fraternity Minerva. Verhoeven graduated with a doctorandus (M.Sc.) with a double major, in Mathematics and Physics.

In 1960 Verhoeven made his first film A Lizzard Too Much for the anniversary of his students’ corps. In his last years at university Verhoeven also attended classes at the Netherlands Film Academy. After this he made three more short films Nothing Special (1961), The Hitchhikers (1962) and Let’s Have a Party (1963). Verhoeven never used his maths and physics degree, opting instead to invest his energies in a career in film. After his studies he entered the Dutch Navy as a conscript. In 1965 He made the documentary “Het Korps Mariniers” (The Royal Dutch Marine Corps, which won the French Golden Sun award for military films. In 1967 Verhoeven married Martine Tours, with whom he later had two daughters, Claudia and Helen.

When he left the Navy, Verhoeven took his skills to Dutch television. First, he made a documentary about Anton Mussert named Mussert (1968). His first major success was the 1969 Floris television series, starring Rutger Hauer. Floris was inspired by foreign series like Ivanhoe and Thierry La Fronde. Verhoeven’s first feature film Business Is Business was released in 1971 then in 1973 with Turkish Delight, starring Rutger Hauer and Monique van de Ven and based on a novel by bestselling Dutch author Jan Wolkers. This tells the passionate love story of an artist and a liberal young girl from a rather conservative background. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 1974. In 1999 the film won a Golden Calf for Best Dutch Film of the Century. Verhoeven’s 1975 film Katie Tippel again featured Hauer and van de Ven.

In 1979 Verhoeven achieved international success with his Golden Globe nominated film Soldier of Orange. starring Rutger Hauer and Jeroen Krabbé. The film, based on a true story about the Dutch resistance in World War II, was written by Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema. Soldier of Orange received the 1979 LA Film Critics Award for best foreign language film. It was also nominated for a Golden Globe. In 1980 Verhoeven made the film Spetters with Renée Soutendijk and Rutger Hauer. The story is sometimes compared to Saturday Night Fever, but the film has more explicit sex and violence which are sometimes seen as the trademarks of Paul Verhoeven. Verhoeven’s film The Fourth Man (1983) is a horror film starring Jeroen Krabbé and Renée Soutendijk. It was written by Gerard Soeteman from a novel by the popular Dutch writer Gerard Reve. This was Verhoeven’s last Dutch film production until the 2006 film Black Book. In 1985 Verhoeven released Flesh and Blood (1985), which starred Rutger Hauer and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Verhoeven moved to Hollywood for a wider range of opportunities in filmmaking. Working in the U.S. he made a serious change in style, directing big-budget, very violent, special-effects-heavy smashes RoboCop and Total Recall. Both RoboCop and Total Recall won Academy Special Achievement Awards, for Sound Effects Editing and for Visual Effects respectively.

In 1992 Verhoeven released the equally intense and provocative Basic Instinct (1992), an erotic thriller. The ninth-highest-grossing film of the year, the movie was a return to themes Verhoeven had explored in Turkish Delight and The Fourth Man. The film received two Academy Awards nominations, for Film Editing and for Original Music. Verhoeven’s next film was Showgirls (1995), about a stripper in Las Vegas trying to make a career as a showgirl. The film won seven Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Film and Worst Director; Verhoeven became the first director to accept his “award” in person. In 1997 Verhoeven released the science fiction films Starship Troopers (adapted from the controversial novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein, and Hollow Man (2000). Each film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. In 2005 Verhoeven returned to the Netherlands and together with his screenwriter Gerard Soeteman, made Black Book (2006) which eventually won six Golden Calves, including Best Director. Verhoeven followed Black Book by directing a movie in French: Elle, an adaptation of a novel by Philippe Djian. The film by Verhoeven, is a psycho-thriller where Isabelle Huppert plays a rape victim, and was selected in the Official Competition at the Cannes International Film Festival.

In 2007 Verhoeven was made a knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. Verhoeven is also a member of the Jesus Seminar,and is the only member who does not have a degree in biblical studies. He graduated with a degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Leiden. Since he is not a professional biblical exegete, his membership in the Jesus Seminar has occasionally been cited by opponents of the Seminar as a sign that this group is less scholarly than it claims. In 2007 Verhoeven wrote the book Jesus of Nazareth (Dutch: Jezus van Nazaret) about the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Which reviews the ideas of Jesus of Nazareth and the alleged corruption of these same ideas over the last 2,000 years. Co-written with Verhoeven’s biographer Rob Van Scheers, the book is the culmination of the research Verhoeven conducted in preparation for Jesus: The Man, a motion picture about the life of Christ The book tells about the Jewish uprising against Roman rule and characterizes Jesus as a radical political activist, downplaying any supernatural events and miracles as unproved or unprovable. And in 2017 Verhoeven was President of the Jury for the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. He is currently filming his next film “The Blessed Virgin”

Doctor Who

Doctor Who showrunner and Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall announced On 16 July 2017, that Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker would be Doctor Who’s 13th Incarnation. She follows on from William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, John Hurt, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. The Broadchurch star succeeds Peter Capaldi, who took over the role in 2013 and leaves in the forthcoming Christmas special. Former time-lord David Tennant has also starred in both Doctor Who and Broadchurch

Jodie Whittaker 35, made her professional debut in The Storm at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2005. She has since worked in film, television, radio and theatre in such productions as St Trinian’s, Good and Attack the Block. She has also starred in the television series Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Wired, Return to Cranford, Marchlands, Black Mirror, Broadchurch and The Assets. In 2007 she stood in at short notice for an unwell Carey Mulligan in the Royal Court’s production of The Seagull, and appeared in a fundraising play at the Almeida Theatre. Whittaker’s first major role, was co-star Jessie / Venus in the film Venus. Her radio credits also include a 2008 adaptation of Blinded by the Sun by Stephen Poliakoff and Lydia Bennett in Unseen Austen, an original drama by Judith French. In 2009, she worked on the film Ollie Kepler’s Expanding Purple World, the BBC2 drama Royal Wedding, and the short film Wish 143, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.

In 2010, Whittaker appeared in the film The Kid and co-starred in BBC’s Accused. She appeared in the 2009 Irish comedy crime film Perrier’s Bounty. In 2011, she appeared as Viv in the BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters’s novel The Night Watch and the cult film Attack the Block. In 2012, she starred in the musical comedy-drama Good Vibrations and In 2013, Whittaker starred in the ITV detective drama Broadchurch. In January 2014, she starred in the reality-based spy drama miniseries The Assets on ABC. Whittaker was a late favourite to become the Doctor, and will debut on the sci-fi show when the Doctor regenerates in the Christmas Day special.

Forbidden planet

I’ve recently watched the classic 1956 American science fiction film Forbidden Planet again. It stars Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen and is considered one of the greatest science fiction films of the 1950s which ultimatley inspired many modern Science fiction stories. The characters and isolated setting are similar to those in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

It takes place In the 23rd century, where the starship C-57D reaches the distant world Altair IV to determine the fate of an Earth expedition sent there 20 years earlier. Dr. Edward Morbius, one of the expedition’s scientists, unsuccessfully tries to persuade the relief ship not to land, saying he cannot guarantee their safety. Commander John J. Adams, Lieutenant Jerry Farman, and Lieutenant “Doc” Ostrow are met by Robby the Robot, who transports them to Morbius’ residence. Morbius describes how one by one the rest of the expedition was killed by an unknown planetary force that vaporized their starship, the Bellerophon, as the last survivors tried to lift off. Only Morbius, his wife (who later died of natural causes), and their daughter Altaira were somehow immune. Morbius offers to help them prepare for the return journey, but Adams says he must await further instructions from Earth.

However That night, an invisible intruder sabotages equipment aboard the starship. Adams and Ostrow confront Morbius the following morning wanting answers. Later Adams and Altaira are also attacked by a tiger, which had previously been tame in Altaira’s presence, Adams disintegrates the animal. Adams and Ostrow then learn Morbius has been studying the Krell, a highly advanced native race that perished overnight 200,000 years before. In a Krell laboratory Morbius shows them a “plastic educator”, a device capable of measuring and enhancing intellectual capacity. Morbius then takes them on a tour of a vast, 20 miles square, Krell underground machine complex, still functioning and powered by 9,200 thermonuclear reactors.

To prevent further sabotage, Adams orders a force field fence deployed around the starship. However It proves ineffective when the intruder returns and murders Chief Engineer Quinn. Morbius warns Adams that he has had a premonition of further deadly attacks, similar to what happened with the Bellerophon. That night, the invisible creature returns But the ship’s weapons have no effect, and it kills Farman and two others. Morbius, asleep in the Krell lab, is startled awake by screams from Altaira. Later, while Adams tries to persuade Altaira to leave, Ostrow sneaks away to use the Krell educator. Ostrow explains to Adams that the underground machine was built to materialize anything the Krell could imagine. He says that the Krell forgot one thing: “Monsters from the Id”. Adams asserts that Morbius’ subconscious mind created the creature that killed the members of the original expedition and attacked his crew; however Morbius refuses to accept this accusation.

Altaira then tells Morbius that she intends to leave with Adams and the creature reappears so Morbius commands the robot to kill it, however Robby knows the creature is a manifestation of Morbius and is unable to kill it (thanks to Asimov’s first Law of Robotics). So Adams, Altaira, and Morbius take refuge in the Krell Laboratory but the seemingly unstoppable rampaging monster pursues them until Morbius finally accepts the truth and confronts the creature himself….

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

With the release of War for the Planet of the Apes, I have recently watched Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Again. It stars Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Andy Serkis and Kodi Smit-McPhee. It is directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

It takes place a few years after The inadvertent release of the deadly Simian Flu ALZ 113 virus , and sees the human race pushed to the brink of extinction luckily The remaining human population develop a cure for the virus and are now living in a guarded tower within the ruins of San Francisco. Meanwhile the apes Caesar and Rocket have established a thriving colony of apes in Muir Woods just outside San Francisco. However, Caesar’s son Blue Eyes and Rocket’s son Ash encounter a human who panics and shoots Ash, wounding him. This leads to increased tensions between the Apes and the humans, who are subsequently banished from Muir Woods. Caesar later enters the city with a band of Apes including a mistreated Bonobo named Koba who holds a grudge against humans, and orders the humans not to enter ape territory again.

Later The humans attempt to reconcile with the apes in order to gain access to a hydroelectric dam in their territory, which could provide long-term power to the city. So Caesar allows work on the dam’s Generator and While fixing the generator they bond with the apes. Caesar’s ill wife Cornelia is also treated with antibiotics and the dam is eventually repaired, restoring power to the city. The humans then discover a hidden weapons cache and decide to arm themselves.

Unfortunately so does Koba, who steals an assault rifle and starts killing people before seriously wounding Caesar and taking charge of the apes. Koba then orders the apes to clobber all humans, so his followers raid the hidden armoury, overrun San Francisco and imprison all humans. However some humans manage to escape the carnage by going underground, and Some apes remain Loyal to Caesar, who is later discovered by the humans and given first aid for his wound. Blue Eyes then frees the caged humans and the other apes loyal to Caesar before they go off to confront Koba and his followers. The humans then learn that there are more human survivors at a Military Base who are on their way to help fight the apes, leading to an exciting conclusion…

Blade Runner

Blade Runner is a 1982 dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The film, is a loose adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in which genetically engineered replicants, which are visually indistinguishable from adult humans, are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work in hazardous environments on off-world colonies. Those that escape and return to Earth are hunted down and “retired” by special police operatives known as Blade Runners.

The film won the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. The film’s soundtrack, composed by Vangelis, was also critically acclaimed and nominated in 1983 for a BAFTA and Golden Globe as best original score. The film brought the work of Philip K. Dick to the attention of Hollywood and several later films were based on his work. Ridley Scott regards Blade Runner as “probably” his most complete and personal film. In 1993, the movie was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Blade Runner is now regarded by many critics as one of the all-time best science fiction movies. Seven versions of the film have been shown for various markets as a result of controversial changes made by studio executives. A director’s cut was released in 1992 and In 2007, Warner Bros. released The Final Cut, a 25th anniversary digitally remastered version. A sequel, Blade Runner 2049, is scheduled for release in October 2017.

Blade Runner is set In bleak Los Angeles in November 2019, where ex-police officer Rick Deckard works as a “Blade Runner” tracking down bioengineered beings known as replicants which have gone rogue and “retiring them” (a euphemism for killing). He is informed by his supervisor Bryant that four Tyrell Corporation Nexus-6 Replicants have come to Earth illegally. Although these Replicants only have a four-year lifespan they are extremely dangerous and are seeking ways to extend their lifespan. Deckard watches a video of a Blade Runner named Holden administering the “Voight-Kampff” test designed to distinguish replicants from humans based on their emotional response to questions. The test subject, Leon, shoots Holden after Holden asks about Leon’s mother. So Bryant asks Deckard to retire Leon and the other three replicants: Roy Batty, Zhora, and Pris. Understandably Deckard does not want to be Leon’s next victim and refuses. Bryant however coerces Deckard and he reluctantly agrees.

Deckard begins his investigation at the Tyrell Corporation to ensure that the test works on Nexus-6 models. While there, he discovers that Eldon Tyrell’s assistant Rachael is an experimental replicant who believes herself to be human. Rachael has been given false memories to provide an “emotional cushion”. As a result, a more extensive test is required to determine whether she is a replicant.

While Deckard searches for the replicants, the Replicants themselves are searching for Tyrell. Roy and Leon investigate a replicant eye-manufacturing laboratory and learn of J. F. Sebastian, a gifted genetic designer who works closely with Tyrell. Rachael visits Deckard. meanwhile Pris locates J.F. Sebastian. Later While searching Leon’s hotel room, Deckard finds a photo of Zhora and a synthetic snake scale that leads him to a strip club where Zhora works. Deckard is then told by Bryant to retire Rachael, who has disappeared from the Tyrell Corporation. Deckard spots Rachael in a crowd, and is attacked by Leon, but Rachael kills Leon.

Arriving at Sebastian’s apartment, Roy tells Pris the others are dead. Sympathetic to their plight, Sebastian reveals that because of “Methuselah Syndrome”, a genetic premature aging disorder, his life will also be cut short. Sebastian and Roy enter Tyrell’s secure penthouse, where Roy demands more life from his maker. However Tyrell tells him that it is impossible. So Roy kills Tyrell and Sebastian. Deckard then arrives at Sebastian’s apartment but is attacked by Pris. Roy then arrives and chases Deckard through the building in an exciting finale, intent on killing him, however Roy does something unexpected which causes Deckard to question the replicants humanity….