Jem and the Holograms is, to be honest, a ploy to make money and sell Hasbro toys. It’s also a surprisingly sweet and sincere tale of an overnight success (literally) and the problems that arise with fame – and a story of a family at a crisis point.
While on assignment to find two fellow Secret Service agents who have gone missing, Special Agent Ethan Burke wakes up in a forest of pine trees. He stumbles into the lovely town of Wayward Pines shortly thereafter. Then things go terribly awry.
From the Lost-ian opening shot to the Twin Peaks-like mountain town to echoes of The Prisoner’s prison, The Village, Wayward Pines has fun playing off expectations in unexpected ways – wearing its influences on its sleeve – but only on its sleeve.
Metropia is a stranger film than the average dystopia. With a visual design that would be appropriate for 1984 and its depiction of a Europe connected by a vast subway complex called The Metro and a plot that includes a biological mind control device disseminated by shampoo, Metropia is definitely a unique experience.