Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@ddmcd.com) consults from Alexandria Virginia. His services include writing & research, proposal development, and project management. Follow him on Google+. He publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain and volunteers with the Alexandria Film Festival. He is also on Linkedin. To subscribe to emailed updates about additions to this web site click here.

Keiichi Sugiyama's ORIGIN: SPIRITS OF THE PAST

Keiichi Sugiyama's ORIGIN: SPIRITS OF THE PAST

By Dennis D. McDonald

The visuals and artwork are impressive but the characters and story are a letdown.

Sentient forests and nature in conflict with humans were better done in Miyazaki’s NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WINDS and before that in Brian W. Aldiss’ novel Hothouse (released in the U.S. in the 1960’s as The Long Afternoon of Earth).

After a while I just got bored with the story which seemed a recycling of previous SF/fantasy themes. Maybe it’s my age; perhaps a younger person with less experience reading and watching science fiction would find this more engaging. My recommendation: pick up a good novel instead; you’ll be more challenged.

Copyright (c) 2009 by Dennis D. McDonald

Rod Lurie's NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Tony Scott's THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123

Tony Scott's THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123