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Future World Blu-ray Review

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“Future World” is lacking in the script department.

In “Future World” (not to be confused with the “Westworld” sequel “Futureworld”), viewers are transported to a post-apocalyptic war torn Earth where human tribes exist in wastelands and robotic lifeforms still exist in certain corners. One such robot (later named Ash) has been stolen and essentially enslaved by a Warlord for his own devious purposes. Ash and the Warlord’s storyline soon collide with another story involving a young Prince who is in search of a cure for his dying mother/Queen. Eventually, Ash winds up going rogue to help the Prince on his quest, but also discovers what she wants out of life in the process.

On the surface, “Future World” has a lot going for it. It’s a visually appealing movie (see the cinematography, sets, costumes, FX, lighting and tracking shots), there’s a talented cast at the center (James Franco, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Suki Waterhouse, Snoop Dogg and Method Man), and it’s a post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie (a genre that is always thought provoking at the very least). Unfortunately, the screenplay by Bruce Thierry Cheung, Jeremy Cheung, and Jay Davis just doesn’t click.

Instead of having its own identity, “Future World” feels like a greatest hits collection in that it borrows heavily from genre classics like “Mad Max” and “Blade Runner.” What is here is very thin both in story and character. The story is so unfocused that it shifts into something else entirely at the end making you wonder why they didn’t just stick with that angle from the get go. As for the characters, their lack of depth is no fault of the cast. While Jovovich and Franco seem to enjoy playing their often over-the-top characters, they almost come off as cartoons. The rest of the cast simply has very little to work with aside from Suki Waterhouse as Ash who at least has a character arc.

As I mentioned though, the movie does at least look good. Directors James Franco and Bruce Thierry Cheung brought a style to this production that clearly overshadowed the content, but it at least gave viewers something to absorb amidst an underwhelming script.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The largely visually engaging movie looks top notch in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The dialogue is pitched too low at times, but everything else sounded stellar.

Extras: * Digital copy * Lionsgate trailers and a “Future World” trailer * “Behind The Scenes” featurette which contains film clips, interviews, story discussions, etc.

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July 3, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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