The Martian (2015)

Space doesn’t look that bad after all!

Not too far into the future, mankind finds a way to travel the long distances to visit other planets. That’s not unlike many stories we’ve been told before.

During a mission on Mars a sandstorm forces a space crew to leave behind a member of the team, who is presumed dead. Again, we’ve been there, done that.

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12 Years a Slave (2013)

A missed opportunity?

Oppression of any kind is¬†a delicate issue to depict on the big screen, but there’s not much wrong with Steve McQueen’s biopic of Solomon Northup’s inspiring personal struggle during slavery in the 1800s.

Yet as I watched 12 Years a Slave, something unsettled me that I did not expect: the version of slavery we see is based in the 19th Century. What about now?

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