|Directed by:||J.J. Abrams|
|Written by:||J.J. Abrams|
|Cast:||Gabriel Basso, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills|
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas revolutionized the sci-fi genre in 1977 with their one-two punch of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But somewhere along the line, the films in the genre lost the battle between spectacle and character, and became all about the spectacle. In the 80's, character still managed to hold its ground. Hollywood was entering a new phase - the era of the blockbusters - but character was still king in this world. E.T., Back to the Future, Aliens and others continued the tradition of character-driven space opera for the masses. But as the genre continued to grow and develop throughout the 90's and 2000's, studios began to realize how much money could be made on science fiction films, particular ones with aliens, and their money-grubbing sentiments took over. Battle: Los Angeles. Skyline. The Transformers sequels. And before them, Stargate, Independence Day, Armageddon. Bigger! Faster! More spectacle! More pizzazz! Nowadays, most of our sci-fi films, particularly ones dealing with alien invasions, are works of grand, CGI-ridden spectacle. But somewhere along the way, the characters got lost in the shuffle. Luckily, Spielberg is still around to steer things in the right direction. And now, one if his latest protégés, J.J. Abrams, has taken the reigns...[more]...