Tuesday, 7 December 2010

High & Low Brow Sci-Fi

Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go is a beautifully written novel, a quite profound, emotional dystopia. Think Atwood's Oryx and Crake but with heart. Anyways it's just been regurgitated onto celluloid and it's a solid, if workman-like transliteration but then again my opinion is suspect as I only finished reading the book a few weeks ago. A sedate film it's a well acted & nicely shot meditation of our humanity and childhood but lacks the revelatory experience of the book and the emotional depth is nothing compared to the book's tragic expanse. I've deliberately not described the plot as it's a marvellous example of literate scifi and one I think best read. Sadly I fear the film version of Under The Skin will turn out to be a similarly pale imitation.

Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County is a found-footage pseudo-doc type nonsense about a rural family pestered by a bunch of Schwas over the course of one night. Despite the shit acting it's not a bad effort but the work building tension is squandered by the frequent popping back to in-studio talking heads and the laughably dim choices the characters appear to make. Can't say I'd recommend watching unless you're short of options.

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