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  • Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider

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    An enjoyable film that, while it doesn't exactly catch the full scope and raw power of the 2013 video game, it definitely approaches it in spirit. Certainly more memorable than the previous attempts at Tomb Raider films.

    If I have one complaint, it's the Cinematic Universisation (if that is a word). This is *not* the awesome video game, but it *tries* to follow it. But it *doesn't*. And *does*. Both this film and the game work as stand-alone titles, but…

  • Zone

    Zone

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    (This is an indie film released on YouTube. Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwkIaJX3hmg )

    There's no doubt Stalker (1979) is one of the cornerstones of scifi canon. Yet, it's not even that abundantly clear that it *is* a scifi film: Tarkovsky decidedly took a more philosophical and spiritual approach that lends itself to many, many explanations. Yet, it's a film that is also based on source material: the novel Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers. The novel is definitely scifi and definitely more…

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  • Assassin's Creed: Embers

    Assassin's Creed: Embers

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    In the "video game films I bought long ago but I didn't watch because I didn't play the previous games" series of films.

    A fairly competently made short film, meant to wrap up the Assassin's Creed II / Brotherhood / Revolutions sub-trilogy by telling us what the heck ultimately happened to Ezio Auditore.

    I'd first say it's a little bit okay-meh - a bit of ponderings and an action scene and a bit of ponderings. But I guess I can…

  • The Purge

    The Purge

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    So the premise is "what if laws were not in effect for one night - who's going to murder who?"
    ...the implementation is "some guys menace a rich guy and are going to break in and kill the whole family. For reasons."

    As a paint-by-numbers low-budget horror/dystopian scifi film, it's an okay job - nothing stellar, but sufficiently creepy for one watchthrough.

    On a higher level, however, it's just a giant, giant pile of wasted potential. If you have an…