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Movie reviews - ARQ (sci-fi) and Dr Strange (Marvel)

We've had windy weather in Australia. so not much to do outdoors unless you wanna end up in Oz. Me, I'm fine with the indoors. I have plenty of books to read, novels to write, a piano and guitar to play. My husband, though, he's like a bear in a cage. So we sat down to watch movies on Netflix.
 

First up ARQ.

 
Synopsis: Trapped in a lab and stuck in a time loop, a disoriented couple fends off masked raiders while harboring a new energy source that could save humanity.
 
ARQ is a Netflix original film written by the writer and director of Orange Is The New Black, Tony Elliott. It was filmed in 19 days in Toronto, Canada. 
 
Quote by Jim Thompson: "There is only one plot - things are not what they seem". ARQ takes this simple plot and proves it over and over and over.
 
The characters are stuck in a time loop and at first Renton thinks he has to save Hannah from a group who've broken into his home. He gets shot and wakes up in bed at the same time as the first attack. At first he's the only one who remembers what happened. He tries to outwit the attackers, and ends up dead, then time loops again. This happens over and over, and slowly the other characters begin to remember.
 
It's set in a dystopian future in the middle of a war that humans are losing and the machine causing the loop becomes the main target for the enemy, and its when this is realised that the characters do everything to stop it falling into the wrong hands.
 
I really found myself rooting for these characters. Its full of twists, it's clever, and I truly wanted Renton and Hannah to beat the odds. Every time they tried, they failed. But they refused to give up.
 
5 stars from me.
 
I love clever writing and lots of twists. Kept me interested through the entire movie.
 
 

Next up: Dr Strange

 
Synopsis: A neurosurgeon who, after a car accident that led to a journey of healing, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
 
 
The fourteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Dr Strange, stars Benedict Cumberbatch. He's an excellent actor in everything I've seen and this is no exception. It's a good versus evil plotline, nothing new there, yet its injected with subtle humour and a very real person in Steven Strange learning to be a nicer human being.
 
There's a line in the movie where Dr Strange uses a time loop to trap the evil entity, Darmammu. Darmammu tells Dr Strange "You'll never win". Dr Strange replies, "no but I can keep losing". And it was this line that ties back to the plotline of ARQ, where the characters keep losing in order to win.
 
I give this 4 stars.
 
Lots of digital effects and I love that it features astral projection. Well worth watching.
 
 
 

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  1. I loved Dr. Strange. I wish we hat Netflix so I could see ARQ. I will see if we can get it.

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