Hasn’t got an original idea in its DNA and most of the better ones seem to have been lifted directly from old Red Dwarf episodes with added ingredients sourced from Event Horizon and The Philadelphia Experiment. Having said that it’s perfectly enjoyable hokum which offers an intriguing alternate insight into the previous film’s origins, although it’s definitely the weakest in the series.
50 YEARS OF FILM FOR AN OLD FART #5
Part of my ongoing ‘50 Years Of Film’ season, Silent Running is a film I remember from my younger days for a couple of reasons. One being that it was one of those select group of science-fiction films (alongside the likes of Logan’s Run, Westworld, Soylent Green, THX1138 etc) which regularly featured in books and magazines I would devour in my youth. Part of a serious, sombre, some might say sterile…
Browsing through my 2013 diary here on Letterboxd it became apparent the vast majority of films I watched last year were either current or recent releases. To remedy this I decided to expand my viewing habits a bit more in 2014 by catching up with a few more vintage offerings, whether they be first-time watches or long overdue rewatches.
So, to this end I decided to set myself a mini movie season each and every month throughout this year in…
2011's The Raid was lean, mean, lightning-paced, and carried absolutely zero baggage, it was a supercharged combination of visual flair and insane ultraviolence. So the decision to develop the story in this eagerly-awaited sequel to a far more expansive narrative based around an undercover infiltration of the underworld, and the duplicity and dealings of gangland politics and rivalry, was always going to deliver a different, far broader kind of film. As a result The Raid 2, weighing in at a…