|Film: Fantastic Four
Directed By:Josh Trank
Starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell
The film tells the story of the foursome’s origins. It starts off with best friends and science geeks Reed Richards (Teller) and Ben Grimm (Bell) developing a prototype teleporter named the ‘Quantum Gate’. A major research institute hears about the project and agrees to fund it.
Perfecting the device with one final invention offered by ambitious protégé Victor von Doom (Toby Kebbell), the group use the machine to visit Planet Zero, which they learn is a world filled with otherworldly substances. Doom’s curiosity ends up causing a major earthquake and the destruction of the Quantum Gate, which alters the team’s genetics and inadvertently affords them super-human abilities. Victor gets lost in the chaos, but it isn’t long before he emerges to threaten Earth, meaning the titular quartet has to stop him before he can enact his evil plan.
The film reeks of missed opportunity at every turn. It is devoid of humour, substance, style or chemistry between the team. After the almost ‘buddy comedy’ elements and camaraderie of the Avengers or X-Men teams, these four barely interact or have a word to say to each other. By the time they band together to defeat the baddie and save the planet, we have very little cause to root for them.
What’s worse is that the film feels unfinished thanks to studio meddling.
The famous children’s horror book franchise comes to the big screen for the first time. After moving into a small town, a teenage boy named Zach Cooper meets Hannah, his new neighbour. Hannah’s father, R.L. Stine (Jack Black), writes the Goosebumps stories and keeps all the ghosts and monsters in the series locked up in his manuscripts. When Zach and his friend unintentionally release the ghosts and monsters, the trio team up in order to put them back before they overrun the town and harm people.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
The (supposedly) final chapter in this horror series will follow supernatural occurrences that take place in a home in Palo Alto, California. The four family members are Ryan, a game developer, Ryan’s wife Emily, a stay-at-home mum, their six-year old daughter Leila and Ryan’s younger brother. The brothers find tapes of young Katie and Kristi (recurring characters from the previous movies) being taught supernatural abilities by their grandmother.
They also find a camera which can see paranormal phenomena that the human eye can’t.