13 December 2012 12:04 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Technology will march forward.  That march usually involves something getting trampled along the way.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is underfoot of  horrible 48fps 3D, also known as Hfr 3D (High Frame Rate 3D).  Billed as a technology to sharpen 3D and reduce the headaches it can cause, Hfr 3D has crippled Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth.  Without the atrocious visuals, Jackson's film is still slightly repetitive and bloated, but the magic mostly remains intact.  But under Hfr 3D, the journey looks like a cheap soap opera on fast forward with crappy digital effects. Taking place sixty years before The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is cajoled into joining a company of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen).  Their mission is to reclaim Thorin's kingdom of Erebor and the riches therein from the dragon Smaug.  Bilbo, who is »

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