Rose (Laura Vandervoort) begins the film as a timid fashion worker scarred by a car accident in her youth.
The Soska Sisters‘ re-imagining of the 1977 Cronenberg classic looks at the story from a very different perspective. Rather than focusing (as the original film did) on the response to the outbreak by government agencies and the general population, this movie concerns itself mainly with Rose’s transformation, both physical and mental, and tries to explain that transformation scientifically. Effects of the disease on the general population are mentioned only in passing. Also, the new film seems to be set in some unspecified American city. The original story took place in or near Montreal. Continue reading →
Jackie (Jess Salgueiro) spends much of the film tied to a bed. She seems swept along by events over which she has little control. .
William (Aidan Devine), who lives on a farm with his daughter Gloria (Ava Preston), has been pressed into service by warring gangs from a nearby city for the purpose of disposing of their dead. (He chops up the bodies and dissolves them in an acid bath.) Though his residence is rural, William has become an urban legend. “The Candy Butcher” they call him. Many believe him to be a cannibal, but this is apparently not true.
The family’s last name is Derrow, though it is never mentioned in the film. There is a very old sign outside the farmhouse with a picture of a cow on it that reads “Derrow Family Butcher”. Continue reading →
THE WANDERING EARTH – Directed by Frant Gwo – SPOILERS
Jing Wu as astronaut Liu Peiqiang
This is the story of astronaut Liu Peiqiang (Jing Wu), his father-in-law Han Zi’ang (Man-Tat Ng), his son Liu Qi (Chuxiao Qu), and his adopted daughter Han Duoduo (Jin Mai Jaho), and how, between the four of them, they save the planet from disaster. Liu is in command of the space station piloting the planet Earth on its new course out of the solar system. On Chinese New Year, he is about to end his 17 year tour of duty on the station and return to his family on Earth. On the same day, his son, possibly in celebration of the New Year, steals his grandfather’s identification and takes his sister on an excursion to Earth’s surface.
Jin Mai Jaho as Han Duoduo
The main activity on the surface, where the temperature has fallen to -84 C, is hauling fuel from the mountains to the engines propelling the planet through the void, and grandpa is a truck driver. Liu Qi and Han are quickly apprehended and jailed. Grandpa bails them out by bribing an official (one gets the impression that this is standard practice), and just about then, the Earth encounters the Jovian gravitational field where it is supposed to begin its slingshot maneuver. Continue reading →
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