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This take on the classic literary masterpiece Moby-Dick does not
deserve to be even mentioned in the same sentence. Herman Melville is
turning in his grave right now. Just about the only thing that's
related to the book are the names of the characters. The story is set
in a present day submarine, features some of the worst acting
imaginable, grade school quality production, and just about the worst
And the worst part about it is that it takes itself seriously. I am sure it will quickly make it's way to IMDb's bottom 100. I am just happy I didn't waste any money on this pile of crap.
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I am so shocked
half-way through it- that I had to stop- and go back and look over
reviews- to make sure- super sure- that maybe what I am seeing is a
comedy. No- it's just that bad. The cgi is so tragically bad- that in
one scene- you see a closeup of a whale's eye and see the wiremesh show
up because of low polycount. Wow.
I think this is a treasure of a movie for film students- It must be mindblowing to them how it is possible that these fools got funded to make this crap- and then it actually got distributed- amazing. If I had made this movie- I would not have distributed it- out of sheer shame. I think the actors probably looked at this movie afterwards in its entirety and walked out before it ended.
Lets make make something clear, this is low budget. Whats worse is that
any technical aspect that could possibly be wrong, IS wrong. A low
budget is no excuse for not doing some basic research on the internet
before you being production, its free after all.
We have navy officers wearing army field uniforms, we have have a one legged submarine captain and and helicopter attacking a submerged nuclear submarine with a machine gun, and doing enough damage to make the 400feet sub shake like it was being depth charged!
All the special effects and animations looks like they transfered in from the eighties and and most of the sets are awful as well. The ultramodern submarine looks like a run down Russian factory on the inside, and the instrumentation seems borrowed from a lesser Sci-Fi production.
So why did I still give it a 4? Well I managed to sit through the movie. I'll admit that I was desperately bored, but still. The acting is not as horrible as you might expect, but still far from anything memorable. And the basic story is not hopeless either, with a large studio this might have become an OK film on par with godzilla or king kong. However any similarities with the original book are nowhere to be seen, besides the big whale and the obsessed captain that is.
The 4 I gave it is being generous, but I have seen movies that are worse, and still scored higher on IMDb.
I am sorry I wasted my money on buying such a poor movie, this has got
to be one of the most ridiculous and poorly made movies on record. Very
poor acting, nothing life like at all, I am sure this movie was made in
some child's bathtub using his play whale and toy submarine. I wouldn't
give this a one out of ten, how can anyone take credit for this kind of
rubbish, it is truly an insult to the first Moby Dick movie. The whale
Moby Dick looked like a big rubber toy and the waves created by
computer graphics were obscene. I am sure they could have done better
at a sea side "Punch and Judy" show.
They should take the camera's back to where you got them until they know how to use them, was this some kind of "Your on Candid Camera" stunt?
Don't waste your money or time watching this, I'd rather go down to the lake and feed the ducks!!
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This is probably one of the worst films I've ever seen...and I've seen some real turkeys. Capt Ahab is in command of a huge nuclear sub, but the conning tower seems to be about 7 feet high. The sailors are dressed like marines. One of the crew wears a white head band on board, and a cameo one on shore. They drive the 600ft whale into a shallow lagoon and then the whale is seen swimming vertically towards the zodiacs. So the shallow lagoon must be at least 1200ft deep!!! Then a sailor steps off the beach into 1ft of water and the whale is hiding under the water looking at him. The whale even crawls out of the water, up the beach, over a hill & jumps on the sailors from behind. And the whale isn't even white. The CGI is a joke. The script is terrible. This in an insult to the original story. Avoid.
Well, you already know what kind of movie this was going to be. A bad
one, and it turned out to be just that. It is the kind of movie that is
similar to a car crash, you know you shouldn't look, but you can't help
Lets start with the story, it was sort of a re-take on the classic tale, though oddly twisted and warped in a sense. And it was actually not really necessary for the world to have another Moby Dick movie, at least not of this caliber.
The special effects in the movie were, well, special! They were hilarious, and I was wondering how come in this day when we write 2010, that these type of fake effects and cheesy CGI's still take place. If you can't make it look believable, don't make it at all. Half-hearted attempts do not please the viewers.
There were two familiar faces in this movie, those being Barry Bostwick (playing captain Ahab) and Renée O'Connor (playing Dr. Michelle Herman). Now why they agreed to do this movie is beyond me, but hey, who am I to question Hollywood celebrities? Usually Bostwick and O'Connor appear in sort-of-alright movies and TV series, but this? ... The cast in the movie was actually decent enough, despite the lack of any major blockbuster names. And most people also put on adequate performances, though there was a lot of times where you could see that the people didn't fully have their hearts in the movie.
As for the dialogue, well it was adequate, though at times kind of strained to witness.
This take on the Moby Dick story is one that should be bagged and tagged and not really talked about again. It was not a good attempt at it, in my honest opinion. And truthfully, then I didn't even make it halfway through the movie. I couldn't stand the effects (or rather lack thereof) and the weak storyline. I gave up. But hats off to those actually managing to sit through the movie in its entire length.
The movie begins much earlier in Ahab's navy career to show his first
encounter with the giant whale. This occurred while on some kind of
intelligence gathering mission in Russian waters on a submarine where
he was then a lowly sonar operator or something. The movie then jumps
from there to the present where a much older captain Ahab has ditched
the old ship of yore for a sleek black state of the art sub called the
Pequod with all the bells and whistles which he designed himself.
Apparently the navy knew nothing about his hidden agenda when they
allowed him to do this and give him command of it.
Later they become concerned when Ahab stops checking in and is spotted where he's not supposed to be based on the orders he was given. Coupled with this are reported incidents of ships being sunk and people killed. The navy conclude that Ahab has somehow flipped and gone rogue and is responsible for these incidents. Orders are issued to find him and stop him. In the mean time, Ahab is underwater in the Pequod with a serious hard-on for Moby Dick (har, har, me mateys) and oblivious --for the time being-- that the navy is after him. Joining him and his crew aboard the sub, are a female scientist specializing in whales and her assistant whom, while out testing the effects of some recorded whale cries, Ahab "commandeered" for the purpose of helping him track Moby.
The movie is a middle budget-to-low budget movie (seems to me) because the whale and the effects in general could have been better though it was passable. The continuity didn't seem too good near the end, either. Seems like they were short-cutting. Observe also the classic use of one well-known old time actor and a whole bunch you never heard of. But money by itself doesn't necessarily make a good movie and we've all seen examples of this truth. The script and the ability to creatively make the most of what you got is what counts. So what about the script? --Not great; slightly below average; as well, needed more imagination or innovation in it. --Or at least more laughs, intentional or unintentional. For instance, Ahab did make me chuckle once or twice near the end where he came off as not only insane but "ridiculously" insane. Was this because of good acting or bad acting? --You tell me. Finally, nothing exceptional here; wouldn't rush to see it. It would make a bigger splash (har, har) on TV watching in your underwear with your favorite snacks on one side and your favorite person on the other. Love, Boloxxxi.
I have no idea HOW they got the cast to do this hokum. It was frakking
I have no idea how they got the cast to sign on, I have no idea. Blackmail? Threats of torture? Kidnapping? But they were just wasted. They looked like they couldn't believe they had been forced to do such awful drivel.
What killed it was the story. The original was a wonderful novel. It has been done quite well at least three times before, with Gregory Peck, Patrick Stewart or Jack Aranson as Ahab. Orson Welles made a short of it. A new version is coming out with William Hurt as Ahab, and I look forward to it. Even if the script had been decent, I think Barry Bostwick would have been out of his league playing Ahab.
The special effects aren't that bad, but it takes so little to do that these days. What was AWFUL was how they used them. The whale looks to be the size of an island, simply bigger than any animal has ever been found to be.
I could go on and on and on. The only pleasure from it was like that of watching an airplane about to crash. You know it's a disaster in progress and it will be famously horrible.
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2010:Moby Dick is one of the most illogical movies I've ever seen. Good
for a few uncomfortable laughs, but that's about it. I also did
appreciate the fact that this movie had very little swearing and it had
no inappropriate sex scenes. But I am a man of science and a lot of
this movie had glaring errors which i'm gonna write out for a while.
#1. The whale is 500 feet long, how can it hide on a beach that's roughly 12 feet deep? #2 Compared to an Ohio class submarine (560 feet long) and a Virginia class submarine (377 feet long) why are they severely dwarfed compared to a 500 foot whale? #3 Too liberal use of nukes... #4 How could anyone survive 3 nukes going into an island? I could go on but at that point I'd be rambling. This movie was bad to the point that it wasn't even enjoyable as a joke B movie. Barry Bostwick looked like he was in pain and no one else was memorable.
When I first heard people criticizing this movie, I wrote them off as
the typical whiners that accompany the release of any outrageously
far-fetched monster movie. Of course whales can't grow to the size 2
football stadiums, and of course they can't snatch helicopters out of
the air--that's why it's fiction! It's precisely this outrageous scale
and the novelty of seeing the impossible that makes these films so
entertaining and thrilling. However, this time the criticism proved to
be 100% deserved.
Sci-fi B movies have their place in my heart. And I actually quite enjoyed Peter Benchley's "The Beast" and its epic portrayal of a giant man-eating squid. That was a made-for-TV movie from 1996; fourteen years later, we have "2010: Moby Dick". But although CGI has made huge leaps in the intervening years and no doubt costs far less these days, Moby Dick's special effects are still laughably bad in comparison. They simply come off as cheap and very rushed.
To be fair, the whale itself, although a bit too shark-like IMO (as seen in the movie poster), isn't all that bad. It's not the best CG ever, but it's respectable for a low-budget movie. However, much of the supporting special effects used throughout the movie is very poorly done, with no attention to detail.
For example, we've all seen underwater explosions on TV and in movies. When something blows up under water, the explosion has a very distinct look: there's cavitation, a bright flash, and lots of gas bubbles. Not in Moby Dick though... In Moby Dick, the underwater explosions are simply dry explosions taken from stock footage sloppily overlaid on top of a poorly rendered underwater scene. The result is an entirely unrealistic effect that precludes audience engagement in the story. I mean, there are Xbox games that have more convincing underwater action sequences.
Another example of the sloppy effects in this movie involves a scene in which a dead "school of squid" are supposedly being shown floating to the ocean surface--that's what is described in the dialog at least. But instead we're shown a shot of the ocean overlaid with blurry blown-up photos of 2 enormous-sized squids. And not only are the squids very poorly pasted into the scene (imagine a really bad Photoshop job), but as the camera pans (being shot from a moving helicopter), the squid cut- outs move completely out of sync with the background (the ocean surface). No attempt is made to synchronize the squid overlays with the camera movements or the corresponding perspective changes. And it's scenes like these that make the film look so amateurish and cheesy. You might expect this from a local cable access program or a Conan O'Brien skit, but not a feature film.
Sadly, as the movie intensifies and the stunts get ever more outrageous, the effort made by the filmmakers and special effects team seem to decrease. By the end of the movie, when the audience ought to be sitting on the edge of their seats, gripped by the explosive action as they approach the big finale, they're instead completely detached from the on-screen action, the sloppiness of the film having worn away any suspension of disbelief they had. So when the big finale does come, they're no longer emotionally invested in the characters or plot enough to care.
Although Barry Bostwick delivers an impassioned performance as Captain Ahab, Renee O'Connor (Gabrielle from TV's Xena), the female lead, is unconvincing in her role as a marine biologist. And for good measure, a few peripheral military characters also deliver some spectacularly bad acting during their few seconds on screen.
This is just a really shoddily made movie. There's no other way to put it. It would have been better had they cast Jack Black as Ahab and turned it into an intentionally cheesy comedy/spoof. However, this movie tries to take itself seriously and aims to be a big action monster movie, but the production team clearly weren't willing to make the effort for it to work.
I don't believe in such a thing as being untalented, just laziness and sloppiness. And that's what killed this movie. The sad part is, most of the problems don't seem to be budget related, and the individuals involved are clearly capable of producing quality work if they simply paid more attention to detail and set higher standards.
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