Interstellar (2014) Miller Meter-10/10

Directed By:  Christopher Nolan

Written By:  Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Michael Caine

PG-13     2 hr 49 min – Adventure | Sci-Fi

Continue reading

Oblivion (2013) Miller Meter—8/10

Directed By:  Joseph Kosinski

Written By:  Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt

Starring:  Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko

PG-13     2 h 4 min – Action | Adventure | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Continue reading

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Miller Meter-9.5/10

Directed By:  James Gunn

Written By:  James Gunn, Nicole Perlman (Comic book-Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning)

Starring:  Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

PG 13     2 h 1 min – Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Continue reading

Godzilla (2014) 6.5/10

Directed By:  Gareth Edwards

Written By:  Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham

Starring:  Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe

PG-13     2 h 3 min – Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller


As most of you know already I had been dying for this flick several months before it was released.  Having been very well educated by my old man, Godzilla was a household favorite for me.  Mothra, Rodan, whoever, I loved it.  So when I heard that Gareth Edwards was doing the reboot I was pumped.  He wrote and directed 2010’s underrated “Monsters” which I thought was unique and promising, so when he was named director of Godzilla, I had high hopes.  It stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, and Ken Watanabe.  While living in Japan working at a nuclear power plant Joe Brody (Cranston) is alarmed at unusual seismic activity.  The further he investigates, the more paranormal it becomes.  A freak “earthquake” of perfectly patterned shocks shakes the plant to the point of collapse causing evacuation.  In a pretty epic and suspenseful scene, Brody lost what was most dear to him.  Fast forward 15 years or so and we see young Ford Brody (Johnson) all grown up and in the military.  He returns home from tour to wife Elle (Olsen) and a kid of his own.  Almost immediately upon his return he receives word from Japan that his father had been locked up in jail for trespassing.  He decides to go to Japan to bail his old man out and bring him state-side to try and help him out.  Once he reunites with his father he quickly see that his father’s obsession with trying to figure out what EXACTLY happened that day at the plant hasn’t subsided with time.  Ford sr. goes on and on about how it wasn’t a quake, it was something else…what could it have been I wonder?  We hop over to Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Watanabe) who’s a scientist currently experimenting on some sort of unknown creature.  Shit goes bad real quick (as it typically does in this scenario) and a massive winged creature takes flight from the site.  It starts destroying everything around it and Ishiro’s path ultimately crosses with the Ford fam’s and they form an alliance.  Ford’s data from way back when proves to be useful in understand this creature in the here and now.  Ford Jr. takes action as the military side comes out and starts to help them search and destroy this newly freed monster.  They learn that the monster feeds off nuclear energy, so they do have some ideas as to where they can look.  Unfortunately for them (so we think) they start to notice some more unusual activity stemming from the depths of the sea.  All of a sudden a massive reading pops up…GODZILLA!  From here we have a battle of the monsters, with Dr. Ishiro in one corner saying that there’s a natural order to things and we should let them fight, and then there’s the guys in cams saying we need to blow them all up.  It proved for a pretty entertaining little 3 way of who’s the antagonist? Cities are leveled, bombs blow up, monsters roar, people run, and the movie ends.  What’s my take?  Well to be honest, the trailers made it look absolutely epic and amazing.  It wasn’t.  Epic? Sure, I guess, but nothing like I expected.  There wasn’t enough battle between Godzilla and the others.  I will say that when they did fight, and when we the audience was privy to it I was blown away by the effects and really into it.  It seemed like the action stopped as quickly as it started, leaving me wanting more at every fight scene.  Not good considering it’s an action/epic.  I did like all the characters and I loved the story.  Everyone who showed up brought their A-game especially Cranston, I just love that guy.  There was a time about 1:15 in where I was getting bored and just so badly wanted to see Godzilla tearing it up and didn’t.  Another huge problem I have is when a key scene of a trailer doesn’t make the cut of the final film.  One of the coolest scenes I wanted to see wasn’t even in the movie, total bummer.  Overall it was fun, and Godzilla is extremely badass, I just didn’t get enough of what I wanted.

Elysium (2013) Miller Meter—9/10

Directed By:  Neil Blomkamp

Written By:  Neil Blomkamp

Starring:  Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga

R     1 h 49 min – Action | Drama | Sci-Fi


If you’re a science fiction nerd like me, then welcome to a dream come true.  The film stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and Diego Luna.  The year is 2154 and Earth is a wasteland, overpopulated and heavily degraded.  The citizens of Earth are looked down upon by the population of Elysium-a space station/habitat occupied and operated by the upper echelon of society where death, disease and crime are nonexistent.  Max (Damon) is one citizen of Earth who’s dreamed of migrating to Elysium since childhood.  His dream suddenly becomes a forced reality when he is exposed to enough radiation on the job to warrant death within five days…unless he gets up to Elysium to heal himself (They’ve got nifty gizmos that resemble a tanning bead that can fix anything your body’s got going on).  He journeys through the underground of Earth with his buddy Julio (Luna) trying everything and anything he can to make his way up there.  The situation becomes even more desperate when his life-long sweetheart Frey (Braga) presents him with yet another challenge…getting her daughter who’s terminally ill up there with him.  Elysium is pretty heavily fortified with a cutthroat female powerhouse named Delacourt (Foster) behind the stations security.  Throw an agent of their security named Kruger (Copley) into the mix and you’ve got some pretty powerful conflict from the antagonists.  Blomkamp’s background in special effects really shines through; from start to finish the film’s effects are absolutely mind blowing.  His vision of the future (though pretty pessimistic) is portrayed in a way that’s not just believable but it’s done so well that you ALMOST wish it was real….so long as you make it to Elysium of course.  The cinematography was stellar, a masterpiece aesthetically.  Matt Damon really steals the show.  His performance was electrifying, taking this gem of a script and gives it as much power as it truly deserves.  My ONLY gripe with the film is that I would have loved more of Elysium.  I wanted to know how it worked, how these people lived etc.  But giving us the story from the vantage point of an Earth born citizen gives it the emotional charge to keep us rooting for Max to get there and tear shit up.  This film accomplished what science fiction hasn’t done in a long time…so it gets a 9 on the Meter.  Let’s just hope Blomkamp doesn’t slow down, because he’s on a winning streak right now for sure, I can’t wait for what’s next!