Is sf film dying – Ridley Scott thinks so…

At the Venice film festival (being feted on the BBC for Keira Knightley in Atonement), Ridley Scott has opined that the sf genre is dying filmwise and Paul Howlett somewhat disagrees. Scott argues that it is tired and unoriginal but is some of this, I’m sure comes from the major studios trying to get quick fire wins. There are some interesting ideas out there but they seem to get swamped or cinemas decide not to show them (or in the case of the Phoenix at Oxford only show them briefly and late at night in the cases of the few films I actually wanted to see at the cinema).

As Howlett writes, sometimes it is not the originality of thought but the way of telling a story that makes for a good film.

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