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Eye candy with no past, no present and no future
I appreciate the suspension of disbelief, when watching a movie. It's important when embracing each individual movie's reality. Sometimes, however, a movie sets up a reality so far removed from the actual reality, that suspending disbelief to accept everything going on, is near impossible. Lucy's premise relies on a lot of scientific mumbo jumbo. It was just too ludicrous, and presented in such a manner, that I had a hard time accepting it as truth - even knowing it was just a movie.
The premise of the movie what it is, I found, that I couldn't care about any of the characters. They lacked depth. The movie starts with the fully formed character of Lucy. No background, no way for us to related to her at all. And we're treated to a series of somewhat inexplicably disconnected scenes, with very little actual development. Sequences that were pretty to look at, but had almost no impact on the story or the characters. I couldn't relate to anybody. Or anything going on.
Luc Besson has made some movies that were unique in their own right, and movies I'll always appreciate. But this wasn't one of them. It felt empty, and when I left the theater, I felt like I had wasted my time. Like I hadn't been given what I came for: entertainment and something to think about.
De skrigende halse (1993)
The movie about punk cult, that became cult itself
Being made on a small budget, and with fairly unknown actors (bar one or two), the movie quickly outgrew any expectations it had before release. It was instant fame, mostly due to the excellently chosen casting. De Skrigende Halse takes place in an underground Punk miljeu, where a band is desperately trying to make it big. After a fiasco concert, in order to avoid confrontation, the guitarist claims he has a terminal illness. The local conman/drug dealer/record producer, Djarnis, decides to make a commemorative Vinyl recording with the band. The sudden fame, but also the consequences of his lie, causes unwanted problems for Ronni, and without much effort, he is in a world of trouble.
The mood and the excellent acting in this film, makes it cult. It is one of Søren Pilmark's most well known roles, largely due to his manic projection of Djarnis, who is a control freak and a thoroughly unsympathetic person. The film is definitely worth a watch, if possible to find with English subs at all.
No mistakes this time. Pure pleasure
As a die hard fan of Star Wars, I was one of the, I guess, few who really liked Ep. 1 (yes I even liked Jar Jar (although not as much)). And not just because I am a die hard fan. I liked it because of a lot of things. But the general opinion was that it wasn't really that great. So I was really nervous about Ep. 2 because I knew that if it also weren't really great enough, the public opinion about SW would decrease drastically.
But I must say I have nothing to fear. Apparently Lucas listened to the public opinion, and made the movie based on, not only his own vision, but also the vision of the great mass of fans. He created what I would describe as one the ultimate Sci Fi, if not just movies, of all time. It includes so much that will leave one speechless. Acting, effects, story, and it makes so much of Ep. 1 that may have been confusing, clear as daylight. It has many a great reference to the later movies (ie the earlier ones in our time), and so much saber battle one could easily catch oneself drooling :)
The young Anakin is doing a great job with the task of turning an otherwise good and clever boy slowly towards the dark side. The plot thickens, if you look at the overall triology in this one. It is Ep. 2 which is really a tough position, because it lacks both a proper start, and a proper finish. It is darker and more vile than Ep. 1, just like we saw it with Ep. 5.
But all in all, the movie will leave one really visually numbed for hours. Like the brain hasn't got enough capacity to store all the impressions it gets... Solution: Watch it again and again... and again.... and :)