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Review – Children of Men

It is 2027, and in a chaotic world where women have become infertile, it is down to one man to ensure the safety of one miraculously pregnant woman.

Office worker Theo Faron (Clive Owen) leads a fairly normal life, or as normal as life can be given the fact that he, along with the rest of the planet, are living under the weight of knowing that the human race is heading for annihilation. This all changes when an old flame (Julianne Moore) shows up making demands of Theo in exchange for a considerable amount of money. He reluctantly accepts her offer and soon finds himself as the sole guardian of the first and only pregnant woman for 18 years, with a terrorist organisation hot on their tails hoping to seize the child when it’s born.

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Review – The Knick S2

Season two of the turn-of-the-century medical drama takes an even closer look at the lives of all those involved with New York’s Knickerbocker hospital.

When season one of The Knick ended with Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) having his cocaine addiction treated with heroin, everyone knew that when we next revisited the New York hospital, things would not be getting any easier for him, which meant everything would be all the more entertaining for us. Whilst the first season allowed us to get to know all of the key players, this one delved deeper into what the characters had to do to survive – not only around the hospital, but in early 20th century New York as a whole. It also gave more of an idea of how all of these characters came to be there in the first place as opposed to the last time where there was a real mixed bag of people from all kinds of backgrounds that had been thrown together in the huge melting pot of NYC. And there was also an underlying murder mystery for the length of this season’s run, so there was plenty to keep viewers interested.

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Review – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 

What’s this?

After many apparent hesitations, director Luc Besson and his wife decided to write an English-language French science fiction action-adventure film titled Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It is based on the French comic series Valérian and Laureline. I am not familiar with the comics but in the past couple of months, I have admired the trailers from a visual standpoint. Then again, the movie did have a budget of 197 million Euros, so it should look mightily impressive. The movie has nowhere near matched the budget in the box office, and it is the most expensive European and independent film ever made. Ouch. I would hate to deliver that news to the board.

What’s it about?

Close your eyes for a minute and imagine a space station. Wait, this will not work. Instead, clear your mind for a minute and imagine a space station in 2020. Then years later, leading countries of the world attach their station to this one. Then many years later, other species from different planets send their station to join in on the action. This continues to happen until the 28th century. We now have one large planet made of cities (named Alpha) with a multitude of peace agreements. Still with me? Good. Now, imagine a planet far away with pale looking, peace loving Avatars, who are living in harmony amongst powerful energy-containing pearls, in a tropical paradise. All of a sudden, huge ships crash into their planet and they are wiped out. Lead male character Valerian wakes up. He just had a dream about this decimated planet and he is about to embark on a mission with Laureline ordered by his commander to retrieve a converter. They are later told that Alpha is infected by an unknown force and they must investigate and protect the Commander, suspiciously performed by Clive Owen.

Can you see why I told you to close your eyes? This narrative has so many obstacles to jump around that, at times, it felt mentally challenging.

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