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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3072482/
http://www.hardcorethemovie.com/ (gone)

A man wakes, reconstructed as a cyborg, and finds himself hunted by unknown forces.

A fucking astonishingly great movie! Fast, bloody and fun. It's effortlessly hilarious, and without being a comedy.

I was initially rather annoyed at the found footage-style shaky camera, but it got so intuitive so fast that it really helped me get into the character and movie. If you like bloody non-stop action movies, definitely give this movie a chance.



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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1856014/
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A Swedish intelligence agent tracks a missing shipment of arms, uncovering a link to a mercenary organization.

Exceptional. This is not Jame Bond-style, but is a proper adult movie.



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Tron - Legacy (2010) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104001/

The misbehaving millionaire son of a lost father learns that his disappearance was in a digital world he authored but was trapped in after a coup from its inhabitants.

The uncanny valley of the main baddy / young version of the main character is terrible. What would have been amazing is if the effect were really really improved for the "true" version of the character, but kept uncanny for his copy, Clu.

However, the soundtrack, hell the audio, and the sheer scale of the movie is astonishing. I know others don't find this movie appealing, but I love it so damned much. I love it beyond the nostalgia of the original, but as an entirely separate movie.

Oh so very highly recommended.

  • Properly titled Tron: Legacy


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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144117/
http://www.boondocksaints.com/

Tired of lax justice, two brothers become particularly effective vigilantes against the criminal element in their greater area.

I don't know what to say about this movie. It's fantastic. Good characters, a good story and with a good flow to it.



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Starship Troopers (1997) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120201/

Aliens are sending spores to colonize Earth, but when humans send a retaliatory force to their homeworld they learn the bugs are a far more dangerous foe than anticipated.

It's a largely flawless movie. Amazing fun for what it is, which is the sort of military movie where only one soldier runs out of ammo once in the entire movie.



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The Neverending Story

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088323/

A boy skips school, is assaulted by bullies then hides from them in a bookstore which he then robs, then hides out in his school's attic to read.

An extraordinarily powerful movie.

There's a certain feeling with movies in the 1980's which were positioned for children but had unashamedly-adult themes running through them. The Neverending Story has, at its core, themes of literacy, imagination, will, loss, hope and determination.



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The Machine (2013) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2317225/
http://themachinemovie.com/

A man works to develop an artificial intelligence for a secret military robot soldier project.

With a dark, calm tone, this movie brushes up against all the right topics. It encourages strong empathy for artificial intelligence in a way rarely seen elsewhere, and I find it deeply moving. Very highly recommended.



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Flight of the Navigator (1986) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091059/
http://movies.disney.com/flight-of-the-navigator

A twelve year old kid is kidnapped by an alien research drone, who experiments on him by stuffing him full of knowledge, and although his brain ends up "leaking", he is the drone's only chance to get back home after hitting some power lines and getting shocked.

Though there aren't many kid-friendly science fiction movies out there, this is easily the best among them. Even ignoring its "present day" time, it's beginning to show its age. The fact that its "present day" is 1986 will inevitably be its biggest hurdle to accessibility to today's young. This movie is definitely worth a remake every fifteen years or less.



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The Sum of Histories (2015) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4085502

A pair of scientists learn they can push electrons back in time and can send emails.

Calm, enthralling, and deeply moving. This movie does all the right things with science fiction and time travel. It keeps the core values of the characters, lets things make just enough sense to have the audience both engaged, confused and planning ahead, and has a romantic streak to it.

Highly recommended!



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