• Directors:
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan
  • Writers: Michael Finch, Alex Litvak
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Louis Ozawa Changchien

The film follows a mercenary named Royce who is abducted by alien creatures known as the Predators. He is released onto an alien planet—which acts as a game reserve—along with seven other humans, who with the exception of a disgraced physician, are all cold-blooded killers consisting of mercenaries and convicts. Royce reluctantly leads the group of elite warriors as they come to realize they have been brought together to this planet as prey for a new breed of Predator.[3] While battling to survive against these creatures, they come across an American soldier known as Noland who was brought to the planet years ago as game, but has managed to survive by hiding from the Predators in a cave. Noland reveals that the Predators have been hunting humans by dropping them on this planet for many years. [4]

Repo Men

  • Directors: Miguel Sapochnik
  • Producers: Scott Stuber
  • Writers: Eric Garcia, Garrett Lerner
  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schrieber, Alice Braga, Carice van Houten, Chandler Canterbury, RZA

In an alternative future, humans can prolong their lives with artificial organs that can be purchased on credit from the mega-giant corporation known as The Union. The downside to these small, pricy miracles is that if you can’t make your payments, the vital organs are taken back by highly skilled repo men with no care for human comfort or survival. Remy (Jude Law), a top-notch repo man, who suffered a heart attack while on the job has been given the company’s state-of-the-art heart-substitute along with expensive installments. As he cannot keep up with the financial responisibilties, The Union sends out their heaviest authoritarian and Remy’s former partner Jake (Forest Whitaker) to find him. Remy meets Beth (Alice Braga) who instructs him on how to disappear from the system. Beginning is a chase that ensues across a land inhabited by ravingly strange friends and enemies with one, who will be a hero for the countless who seek a way out.

Cidade de Deus

  • Directors: Fernando Meirelles
  • Producers: Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Mauricio Andrade Ramos, Elisa Tolomelli, Donald Ranvaud
  • Writers: Paulo Lins
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Alexandre Rodrigues, Alice Braga, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Jonathan Haagensen, Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge

Taking place over the course of over two decades, City of God tells the story of Cidade de Deus (Portuguese for City of God), a lower class quarter west of Rio de Janeiro. The film is told from the viewpoint of a boy named Rocket (Busca pé in Portuguese) who grows up there as a fishmonger’s son, and demonstrates the desperation and violence inherent in the slums. Based on a real story, the movie depicts drug abuse, violent crime, and a boy’s struggle to free himself from the slums’ grasp.

The movie begins cinematically depicting chickens being prepared for a meal. A chicken escapes and as an armed gang chases after it bumps into Rocket who believes that the gang wants to kill him. The movie then flashes back ten years earlier, to tell the story of how he got himself into that position.

Three “hoodlums”, “The Tender Trio”, one being Rocket’s brother, Goose, are terrorizing local businesses with armed holdups. In Robin Hood fashion, they split part of the loot with the citizens of City of God and are protected by them. Li’l Dice is a hanger-on who convinces them to hold up a motel and rob its occupants. Li’l Dice (“Dadinho” in Portuguese), serving as lookout, fires a warning shot, then proceeds to slaughter the inhabitants. The massacre brings on the attention of the police, forcing the three to quit their criminal ways. Each meets an untimely end, except one who decides to join the church. Goose, Rocket’s brother, is slain by Li’l Dice after robbing the younger boy and his friend Benny who both have been hiding out and committing crimes themselves.

The story ends with the Runts walking around the City of God, making a hit list of the dealers they plan to kill to take over their drug business and an even younger child trying to catch up with them.

I Am Legend

  • Directors: Francis Lawrence
  • Producers: Akiva Goldsman, David Heyman, James Lassiter, Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Screenplay, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Protosevich, Novel, Richard Matheson
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Salli Richardson, Willow Smith, Charlie Tahan, Abbey and Kona

The film opens in 2009 with a televised news broadcast with Dr. Krippen (Emma Thompson) who has created a cure for cancer (100% cure rate) by altering the measles virus.

In a post-apocalyptic 2012, U.S. Army virologist, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Neville (Will Smith) is left as the last healthy human in New York City and possibly the entire world. A series of flashbacks and recorded news programs reveal that the genetically re-engineered measles virus mutated into a lethal airborne strain that spread worldwide and killed 5.4 billion people, 90% of humanity. Only 12 million possessed a natural immunity. The remaining 588 million degenerated into primal, aggressive beings referred to as “Darkseekers” (the DVD subtitles refer to them as hemocytes) who have a painful intolerance to UV radiation, forcing them to hide in buildings and other dark places during the day. The “Darkseekers” exhibit superhuman speed, agility, and strength. They also retain some problem-solving intelligence and the capacity to organize. The immune regular humans were hunted, killed by other humans, killed by the infected, or committed suicide.

Neville’s daily routine includes experimentation to find a cure for the virus and trips through a Manhattan devoid of humanity to hunt for food and supplies. He also waits each day for a response to his continuous recorded radio broadcasts, which instruct any uninfected survivors to meet him at midday at the South Street Seaport. Flashbacks reveal that his wife (Salli Richardson) and daughter Marley apparently died in a helicopter accident during the chaotic evacuation of Manhattan, prior to the military-enforced quarantine of the island in 2009. Neville’s isolation is broken only by the companionship of his dog Samantha (“Sam”), interaction with mannequins he has set up as patrons of a video store, and recordings of old news and entertainment broadcasts.

The tone of the film’s ending was altered before the film’s release, especially the stand-off between Neville and the infected in his laboratory. Visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs recounts the original ending starting with the stand-off: “At that point, Neville’s—and the audience’s—assumptions about the nature of these creatures are shown to be incorrect. We see that they have actually retained some of their humanity. There is a very important moment between the Alpha Male and Neville. The Alpha Male slapped his hand on the glass and smeared it revealing a butterfly shaped imprint.” Neville realizes that the Alpha Male is identifying the infected woman he was experimenting on by a butterfly tattoo, and that the Alpha Male wants her back. Demonstrating that he will cease fighting and return her, Neville is allowed to approach them, with the Alpha Male ordering the infected not to touch him. Neville brings the Alpha Female back to consciousness, still infected due to him having removed the cure, and the Alpha Male embraces her; David Schaub stated, “Then, when Neville finally turns the Alpha Female over to the Alpha Male, there is this little love moment between the two of them.” Neville and the Alpha Male then exchange stares; Neville apologizes to them, which the Alpha Male acknowledges before the infected leave. He then looks at the photos of the infected he has experimented on and killed and realizes that he is the monster of their legends; the infected think of him as someone who hunts down and kills their people. The original final shot follows Neville, Anna, and Ethan as they cross the remnants of the George Washington Bridge in hopes of finding other survivors, accompanied by a recording from Anna telling possible survivors that there is hope, and Neville knows the compounds of the cure, meaning he can recreate it and help humanity survive and rebuild, thus establishing his legend.[5]