A Week In Film #226: Life ain’t nuthin’ but Plymouth Ho

Looper title screen

Looper
Compelling adult SF, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt a Mob hitman in a future where time travel is real.

Rather beautifully written and directed by Rian Johnson, with performances and characters rather than gadgets and exposition. Even Bruce Willis reins it in. Emily Blunt is very good.

Strange Days title screen

Strange Days
An old favourite about a (then) near-future world with black market implanted memories eliding with corruption in LA on millennium eve.

Not Kathryn Bigelow’s most subtle work, nor Ralph Fiennes’, or Vincent D’Onofrio’s, or Tom Sizemore’s – but enjoyable.

Splice title screen

Splice
Didn’t expect to like this, but stuck with it to the end and felt it paid off. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are a pair of genetic engineers trying to create new lifeforms out of spliced DNA for their bioscience company. There is failure after failure until they accidentally create ‘Dren’… And from there on it all goes badly wrong.

Delphine Chanéac is excellent as the suspiciously Tyranny Rex-like Dren, unique but also thoroughly human – and there are genuine chills, and unpleasant moral dilemmas. Impressive stuff from Vincenzo Natali.

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