CARGO – I know that I’ve read a couple stories about a seemingly magical world that is advertised to the people of Earth, luring them to pay large amounts to be transported on a one-way trip to Eden.
Philip K. Dick and Robert Heinlein certainly had variants of this that I can’t seem to dredge up the names of, and I think it featured in anthology shows like TWILIGHT ZONE and/or OUTER LIMITS. Recently, TERRA FIRMA has a variation that doesn’t leave hte planet Earth.
Often there was the big reveal that the the other end of the one-way trip was a lie, and you ended up in a work camp or eaten by aliens… Let’s just say that this is in that vein, but it’s okay.
DEMOLITION MAN – Cheesy and it does try a bit too hard with the social commentary, but to live in a world where all restaurants are Taco Bell? I think Wesley Snipes is too PG as the big baddie from the past. Most of the best bits are in the interactions between Stallone and the cops in the station – the action feels like the filler.
Lenina Huxley: [sotto voce] Sanctimonious asshole.
Machine on wall: Lenina Huxley, you are fined one-half credit for a sotto voce violation of the Verbal Morality Statute.
KISS ME DEADLY (1955) – I know that the question about where the magic light in the suitcase comes from in PULP FICTION, but I like to think that it’s a bit of film tribute to the magic light trapped in the box that Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer is chasing.
THE KILLER INSIDE ME – Really hard to watch parts of this. Really really difficult. I watched the HUMAN CENTIPEDE films; both of them; and hardly flinched. The difference here is that the lead character is a tangible evil; this is something that isn’t presented as an obvious fiction. The victims even seem to be, somehow, even party to the abuses and degradation he visits upon them. Strong performances, scary film.