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The Quiet Earth

1985 / 91m - New Zealand
Mystery, Sci-fi
The Quiet Earth poster

A pretty decent sci-fi flick. The premise is one of those situations that most people have pondered about at some point in their lives: what would I do if I was alone on this Earth? The Quiet Earth doesn't really take that premise any place interesting, but it is fun to tag along for the ride regardless.

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Zac wakes up one morning to find all the other people have disappeared. He ventures outside and looks around the neighborhood, he leaves messages for others to find, but it appears he is all alone. Until one day he runs into Joanne, a young woman who has been going through the same thing as Zac. They continue their search for other survivors, only now together.

It's a nice enough premise, though I don't believe it needed an actual explanation. The film goes through the motions and there's certainly some appeal to the empty Earth lifestyle, I just wish there was a bit more meat to the film. The styling is pretty plain, the characters are a little bland and the plot isn't all that exciting. Not the worst though.

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

1995 / 100m - USA
Action, Thriller
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory poster

Seagal returns to save the world. This time he's on a train, not on a boat, which doesn't change the dynamic of the film at all. And there's your entire premise of the Under Siege sequel, another bland 80s/90s US action flick that got way more recognition than it actually deserved. It's pure action fare and in that sense somewhat decent, but hard to recommend, unless you have a thing for this kind of action cinema.

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Ryback goes on vacation with his little niece, a girl not too impressed with her uncle's status. It doesn't take long before terrorists hijack the train they're on and use it as their moving base to deploy some new tech and take the US hostage. Nobody knows where they are located, apart from Ryback and a few heroic others on the train.

I'm not sure what's worse: being under attack from terrorists or knowing Steven Seagal is the only guy who can save you. The action is rather crummy, the bad guys are very lame and the film is completely without any ambition. At least it is quite loud and things go boom from time to time, which makes it somewhat watchable. Far from enjoyable though.