2017 Upcoming Flicks

Where is the time going. February is nearly half done and I’m late to getting to the movies of 2017. So, here is the list of what I’m looking forward.

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Justice League Dark – February 7 – I just finished Volume 1 of the Justice League Dark New 52 and I’m a fan of Constantine which is the draw here.

John Wick: Chapter 2 – February 10 – Well, the first one was good and there have been plenty of good reviews for the follow-up.

Patient Zero – February 17, 2017 – Super virus. Highly intelligent infected with a special language and a search for patient zero. Add in some decent casting with Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer and Clive Standen and it may have potential however, I’ve heard very little about this movie including where it is available to see.

A Cure for Wellness – February 17, 2017 – Creepy wellness centres. Mixed reviews so far but I’m still interested.

giftsThe Girl with All the Gifts – February 24, 2017 – Read the book, which I enjoyed so I’m curious to see how it translates to film.

Logan – March 3, 2017 – Grizzled old Logan. This looks like it will be the best one of the bunch as far as Wolverine movies go.

T2: Trainspotting – March 3, 2017 -21 years after the original was released, it’ll be interesting to see how they mature these characters and if the follow-up maintains the gritty edge of the original.

Kong: Skull Island – March 10, 2017 – Not usually my kind of movie (something about giant, talking, thinking gorillas bugs me) but the trailer for this makes it appealing. Have to see what the reviews say.

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The Belko Experiment – March 17, 2017 – People locked in at work, forced to kill one another….office work is a bitch. Violence bred by the instinct to survive and the bending of people’s morals and conscience. Would you kill to save yourself?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5 – Probably more of the same as the first movie but there’s nothing wrong with that plus, little Groot.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – May 12 – A King Arthur flick directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Charlie Hunnan should be a great. Add in an impressive cast and Charlie Hunnan shirtless, nothing wrong with that. Let’s hope the best part of this isn’t the trailer.

The Dark Tower – July 28 – It’s unclear which books of the Stephen King Dark Tower series are going to be in the first movie but from what I’ve seen, it kind of looks like it will meld The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three. I’ve read the first 4 books of the series and am in the process of going through the series completely. Really like the casting of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey and I this is one of the rare good Stephen King adaptations.

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IT – September 8 – Another Stephen King based movie. Loved the book and while the TV movie tried to bring the story to life it hasn’t held up over time (just realized that I have it on DVD). Hopefully the movie is as good and creepy as the book.

Murder on the Orient Express – November 22 – An updated adaptation of an Agatha Christie classic. Love her books and most of the previous film/TV adaptations that I have seen have been good.

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The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey (2014) Book Review

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20 years after a deadly pathogen has ravished the globe (sounds familiar) and the world is not recovering from the spread of fungus that essentially turns people into flesh-eating zombies; eating their brains and using their bodies to live and spread more of the evil fungal spores. In the British countryside a makeshift military base has been set-up with prison cells, a lab and a classroom full of children strapped to wheelchairs and transported by arm soldiers? That’s weird. Thus begins another apocalyptic tale in a dystopian future.

Our journey takes from that countryside military base, sheltered from the hungries (zombie fungus creatures) and junkers (people who haven’t gone to secure locations and choose to live in the wild among the monsters) to the desolate streets of London as 4 humans and a child hungry try to make it to Beacon – an outpost somewhere near London that has become an inner city slum and I guess the only secure home for humans in this part of England

This book started out slow me as the characters, the setting and the cause of the apocalypse were revealed and the nature of the monsters. Which is fine because it actually made the story more engaging in retrospect. The main characters consist of Melanie a hungry girl of about 10 who is super intelligent for a zombie even though she doesn’t know she is one at the beginning; Helen Justineau her teacher and crush who is supposed to be studying the hungry children but becomes irreversibly attached to Melanie even though she knows the child is a monster; Sargeant Parks the scarred military man in charge of keeping the base safe and who doesn’t trust Melanie and has a thing Justineau even though he thinks she is foolish for her attachment to Melanie; Dr. Caroline Caldwell the butcher on the base who is trying to find a cure or antidote to the hungry infection by dissecting the children while they are alive (for zombies I guess) and removing their brains to study; Private Kieran Gallagher one of Parks’ soldiers who is a loser that pretty much brings about the destruction of the country base by inadvertently getting some junkers of importance killed.

The parts in the base were slow but once the junkers destroyed it and killed or got almost everyone killed, our group of 5 set out into the wider world heading to Beacon. We get to see the post hungry world with fresh eyes like Melanie does as this her first time being outside her cell and the base (she doesn’t remember a time before being in the base).  The journey is fraught with danger from without and within as Caldwell becomes a little to eager to examine the hungry world and determined to get samples from test subject number 1 (Melanie) and any other hungries that she can get her hands on.

Final Thoughts: This was a good book, telling the story from the 5 perspectives of the main characters and how each of them sees the world and the situations they are in but even with the variety of viewpoints, there wasn’t anything lost or sacrificed in the story. The one thing that struck as soon as it was revealed that it was a fungus and the description of what it did to people was -oh just like in The Last of Us. The way the hungries reacted and the descriptions of the hungries that were growing pods or trees and what not from their chests, kept reminding of Clickers from that game. It’s not a bad thing though, it just reminded a lot of the game. All in all a good read and the ending was so grime and beautiful.

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