CRRRaSh! 382 Stop Eating Me! Argh!

By Roy Mathur, on 2021-05-14, at 23:01:48--23:17:21, for Captain Roy's Rocket Radio Show, Listen

Welcome to Day Two of Three

Welcome to day two: mostly movies today.

Nobody

This is like a combo of RED and Denzel Washington's first Equalizer movie.

Bob Odenkirk great, but the stunt players are even better in this testosterone fuelled revenge action pic. It's nice to see the guy who plays Saul Goodman going from wimp to ninja.

I empathise with the protagonist's kitty bracelet quest and the claymore takedown scene is something I've never scene before.

It is fun, but ultimately very forgettable nonsense wish fulfilment for middle-aged average men.

Freaky

Freaky Friday (2003) subverted into an effective and funny teen slasher. The iconic Jamie Lee Curtis red biker jacket is there if you don't believe me.

Cast is fun and Vince Vaughn funny as teen girl in the body of a middle-aged bloke.

Mortal Kombat

Fairly terrible film based on the video game. No one looks like they should, the acting is creaky, the whole thing looks low budget, and though some of the violent fighting set pieces are passable, I forgot it the moment it finished.

Stowaway

Sci-Fi movie about something I've often thought about since HHGTTG and the Coyote character from Kim Stanley Robinson Mars trilogy; what if you stowed away on a spaceship. Except, in this case, someone accidentally gets left aboard during the launch of a mission to Mars. That preposterous exception aside, Stowaway addresses some of the issues that would arise in dealing with an extra mouth to feed and, more crucially, an extra pair of lungs breathing in and using up that carefully allotted air supply.

The agonising, dreadful, dwindling of hope isn't something that is done much in science fiction; it's usually, "Stop eating me! Argh!" or, KABOOM! Though there is, of course, the sci-fi remakes of Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944); Lifepod in 1981 and 1993.

The space FX were good, the acting good, and the story taut. Though there was very little humour, there were mild touches, like the Harvard/Yale competitiveness between the doctor and the scientist, and the doc's mild perving over a pic of Schwarzenegger, so it actually does better than 2001: A Space Odyssey; one my favourite movies of all time.

It's a good film, but depressing enough that it isn't an experience I want to revisit.