(Originally published by Flycatcher Magazine, and posted on their website on November 28th, 2015).
Spectral is a recently released movie in which a DARPA engineer is sent to a eastern-European conflict zone to investigate a new and deadly weapon system that is decimating special-ops troops. Set in the near future, it is not immediately clear that the story is science fiction rather than stock standard military fiction, and could easily have been a simple spec-ops mission movie. The sci-fi aspect is a nice twist away from that trope, providing a hook to hold even the most tired civilian mind – as I was when I saw it. Additionally, most, if not all, of the background scientific theories check out, and are introduced with enough focus of the facts to truly provide the feeling that the portrayed events might indeed, one day, happen.
I am writing this review, however, as in looking up the science, I chanced across a number of whining reviews that purely pissed me off. Many of these reviews derided the underlying tale as having been ripped off from other movies, so this is my response to those reviewers. Continue reading