Archive for: April 22nd, 2012

Alcatraz

In a slight departure to our normal content, moviescramble reviews the  Television Sci-Fi drama Alcatraz from executive producer JJ Abrams.

In 1963 three hundred and two inmates and guards disappeared from the prison island of Alcatraz. The incident was covered up. A cover story was devised with all the missing persons moved and conveniently lost in the system. Fifty years later some of the worst criminal America has ever seen are returning to an unsuspecting San Francisco. Where were they and why are they coming back?

The premise for the show was initially quite interesting. It had a lot of potential. The public are looking for another lost type show which slowly unfolds while keeping the interest and intrigue. Unfortunately Alcatraz is not it. After the initial set up where we meet the main cast members the show slips into a standard formula. As part of the team we have the ‘broken’ cop Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones). She has just lost her partner in the pursuit of a perp, blames herself and is trying to regain her mojo. Her investigation into a murder leads to a meeting with a mysterious government agent, Emerson Hauser( Sam Neil) who tries to dissuade Rebecca from continuing her investigation. Obviously this only piques her curiosity. Continue reading “Alcatraz” »

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games Poster24 children thrown together and expected to murder each other for the overall benefit of society. I’m thinking this sounds like a fairly good real world solution, never mind in movie-land. Alas, as it wouldn’t work in real life, it doesn’t really work in the cinema either. Adapted from the popular series of novels, The Hunger Games takes place in an unspecified time in the future where America no longer exists and is replaced by Panem, a series of 12 districts and the controlling upper class.

As punishment for the revolt of a now destroyed 13th district, every year a male and female tribute are selected by lottery from each district to take part in the titular Hunger Games, a gladiatorial fight to the death televised for the world to see. When her younger sisters name is pulled from the lottery, Katniss Everdeen steps in to volunteer in her stead and along with bakers boy Peeta Mellark begin their journey to the opulent capitol city and start their training under the tutelage of Woody Harrelson’s drunken mentor, himself a survivor of the games. Continue reading “The Hunger Games” »