Watch This: Peter Weller blasts robots in an under-appreciated Philip K. Dick adaptation
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: That adorable walking weapon Chappie inspires five days of robots, androids, and sentient machines.
Christian Duguay isn’t a household name or even a cult figure, but in the 1990s, he carved himself a niche as a minor league director of offbeat B sci-fi and action flicks, of which Screamers is the most fun. It’s one of the more faithful attempts at translating Philip K. Dick’s fiction (in this case, the 1953 short story “Second Variety”) into the action-thriller format: A workmanlike piece of genre filmmaking, all low angles and low ceilings, which tempers its claustrophobia and paranoia with a brisk pace and a sense of forward momentum. A flop in its time, the movie has acquired a much-deserved cult reputation over the years, eventually spawning a crappy …