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I will admit that this was a great 'War' movie. The imagery is more haunting and everlasting than Saving Private Ryan. However, cinematography alone does not dominate a film in judging whether it is truly an epic. The director did some good work to make this movie appealing to the film students, and people in the film industry that see a movie for its artistic appeal. Overall, many would have found this movie disappointing. The characters did not need names, they were soldiers, without personality, shifting through events like zombies with poetic minds. The 'voice-over's for this movie was unnecessary and even made the movie awkward...the person seemed to be floating in thin air, observing these events, and not in the battle as the soldier with that voice. The director made a war movie, and then decided to put something extra, because of the Saving Private Ryan hype. Too much work went into this movie, and we all knew before it came out that it wouldn't be as great as Spielberg's epic. However, some critics, say this was a better movie. I disagree. This is a war movie from a writer who has no idea what war is really like. The writer has heard about the war, but never was he in it. On the other hand, Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, was a true war movie that seemed genuine, as if written by a true veteran.
This movie is a classic. In the beginning, the main character encounters a devastating event which lands him in jail. Then, life becomes hell. Then he escapes, the climax of the story. After the escape, everything goes smoothly, and thus the resolution. Cinematography is brilliant. The story is slow but well written. An overall triumph in film making. This movie is truly the best movie of this decade, and probably this century.
While the sci-fi genre continues to decline, both in quality and quantity, this one movie was a refreshing blast for sci-fi fans. The appeal of this movie is in the plot. Sharon Stone, Dustin Hoffman, and Samuel L. Jackson gave their best to make this movie a thriller. Sphere is a psychological thriller. The threat is within, not without. Watching this movie, I was able to relate to what the author was trying to tell the audience. We all have nightmares, and we all imagine things to get worse when a threat becomes present. We have fears. We have vulnerable minds. We are not Gods. Michael Crichton's ability to come up with great stories is seen through this movie.
Overall, an average movie with an ending that you can only witness in cinema. People watch movies for many reasons, and one being to witness the magic of what the cinematography can do. There is one scene that ties the story together and at the same time show an image that is so haunting yet surreal, it changes the whole movie. The part where Norville Barnes falls out of the building and then all of a sudden freezes in thin air, because the clock stopped ticking inside the building. The whole movie revolves around that building. Basically, the movie is about a man becoming a slave to money. Becoming a satellite to his work. A surreal movie.
Remember the scene where Jake Shuttlesworth just came out of jail and visits his wife's grave? That part was the most memorable scene in the movie, and almost made me jerk a few tears out of my eyes. The scene was beautifully pictured, and the sound track of Aaron Copland completely captured that scene. I was mesmerized by so many scenes in this movie, i had no choice but to put it in my top 20 list. Spike Lee worked with a great cinematographer to put this movie together. Although some scenes were awkward and unnecessary..and off-track, this movie is precious and should be valued as one of the best because it shows a classic display of film making, in a documentary sort of way, and captured the heart of many as Jake tries to form a bond with his son. The ending was spectacular, even though it was surreal, and to this day, I would recommend this movie to all that is over 18 or mature enough to view some of the scenes. This movie is REAL. This movie is ART. And this movie is pure, SPIKE LEE.
The movie never tells you the whole story and that is why it has such an appeal. Even though all the details are explained later on, you can still go through the story in your head and come up with so many alternative endings. This movie was made with a well written script. Throughout the movie, my mind kept analyzing one character after another, because all are likely suspects to who kidnapped Elise. Even Ira is a suspect. Everyone's a suspect. The dialogue is refreshing and well-written. There are many funny scenes in this movie. Lono, the trusty right arm of Mr. Barret is one of the most likeable characters yet, since he has the compassion to look after abused women, and also give up 500 dollars to help out a bum. Overall, I gave this movie a 9 only because it lacked certain qualities a real good movie has to have. The dialogue, the acting, the script, the necessary cinematography, and a decent sound track gave this movie it's rating. If it was up to me, I'd put this movie up for Oscar nomination. Overall this movie is on my top 20 list of the best movies of all time.