Best SF film for a while? JJ Abrams’ God Particle

Ooh, this sounds like a good one. Earth vanishing? Spaceships? Thrilling amounts of distrust and fear? C’mon, JJ, get it into the cinema already!

It's JJ Abrams! Yay!I’ll be honest with you – after hearing about the storyline, I assumed it was a book and immediately set out trying to find a copy of it to read. Sadly, it’s not a book adaptation, but I say “sadly” in the best possible sense – perhaps my confidence in the originality of Hollywood has passed the point of no return. So what’s God Particle about?

Astronauts are out in space, during the ongoing attempts to find the Higgs Boson particle (also known as the God Particle) via the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) back on Earth. All of a sudden, Earth becomes invisible. Predictably, the spacemen freak out, and probably freak out some more when a spaceship claiming to be European appears, as they have no idea whether or not the denizens of this vessel are telling the truth.

It sounds really interesting, and although my editor wisely pointed out that it is playing on the fears of the masses re. the Hadron Collider somewhat, it seems worth a watch. I’ve got a bucketload of faith in JJ Abrams, he of Star Trek fame who managed to make sci-fi that could’ve been boring into sci-fi that was arguably better than a lot of the tripe we’ve seen in recent years.

As it’s an original piece (still having a hard time wrapping my head around that. Original content? From the film industry? Have I stepped through an inter-dimensional portal on my way to work?), details are thin on the ground as far as the story is concerned, but that summary should whet your appetite if you like a good SF thriller that isn’t afraid to make up complete guff about science to seem interesting. If you don’t, then you might want to get rid of the Force FX lightsaber in your closet. Yes, you. More on this as it’s revealed.

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