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This movie ran the gambit going from slow, to entertaining, to
laughable. By the end, the viewer is certain that the writers fell into
the common Hollywood trap of writing and selling the script before
figuring out an ending.
The first twenty minutes or so were terribly slow (we were falling asleep in the theater).
After about 20 minutes, it picked up into a decent combination of an action and mystery movie (i.e., a who-dun-it with violence). When watching, one has to work pretty hard to suspend disbelief, and not think too hard about the characters' motivations.
The movie does pretty well up until about the last 15 minutes. At that point, it becomes clear that the writers (John W. Richardson and Christopher Roach) lacked a vision of how to end their story. The characters' reactions and comments become so unfathomable that your thinking "nobody would ever do/say that". I was left questioning of whether any of the characters were paying attention to what had just happened. The characters' comments during the epilogue make it clear that either the movie was shot out-of order or the ending was not rewritten to reflect changes in the script.
I only knocked off a point for the poor ending. It did not degenerate into a speech about saving the rain forest (kudos of you get that reference) but it left a lot to be desired.
This is a pretty bad movie. The acting is horrible but it is tough to
tell because the movie is so poorly written. If it were just that the
characters are as flat and predictable as a bad children's film then we
could forgive it. I might even be able to forgive if there were just
the major plot holes. However, they decided to break one of the
cardinal rules of science fiction writing, which is "be consistent." To
the extent that one can figure out the plot, there are huge problems
with what is happening and why. The weapons and abilities of the robots
and monsters seem to change based on the whim of the CGI animator. You
have to wonder if anybody saw the entire movie script or plot line
before the movie was complete.
Finally, there are the pointless back story and side stories. When you're group is the only hope of stopping the end of the world, I'm pretty sure that nobody is going to put up with people who waste time on political infighting and alpha male dominance.
I found this fascinating, but not fun. It was like watching a train
wreck. I may have been more interested because I am an attorney.
Specifically, as a civil litigator who practiced as a CPA for years
before becoming an attorney, I found the interaction between Drier and
his attorneys and consultants fascinating. Likewise, the level of
incompetence on the parts of others that was necessary for him to get
away with his scheme was just amazing.
While watching Drier, the questions of "what was he thinking" and "what is he thinking" are constantly in your mind. It's not clear whether he is remorseful or not. Drier clearly understands that what he did was wrong, but it is not clear that he is remorseful about anything except getting caught.
When you combine that with the post-conviction / pre-sentencing setting time frame of the conversations, it is strange and fascinating. Some of the the things that Drier is concerned about make sense, while others seem completely irrelevant given his circumstances.
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I am not sure if there is something left out of the video or if there
is a deeper meaning that I just did not get. The video just sort of
meandered and went nowhere.
Maybe it's because I watched the video on YouTube in 2012 without any real knowledge about it, but the video was slow and made no real sense. Maybe there was some hidden reference that I would have seen if I had seen the video somewhere else.
Given the potential of a quantum leap type time travel, albeit into one's own body, it seems like there would have been more to the story after the two adults jump into their childhood bodies. They just hang out and have a "first" kiss on the playground. If there was symbolism about confronting or running away from your past, leaving somebody behind, moving on, or something else, it was too subtle to figure out from the video.
That said, I gave a rating of 4 because it had me intrigued enough that I searched for, and found, the second half of the video on YouTube. The story of how I ended up finding and watching the first half is probably more exciting than the video, but, also embarrassing to me. So, like the video, I leave the readers/viewers guessing at what happened.
If they still had drive-ins, this would be a perfect date movie because
there is nothing to miss.
Not only is this not an action film, even the few action scenes are boring. The characters do nothing. But the director lets you view every possible camera angle of them doing nothing.
Every fourth scene has a naked woman and even that is boring. Until the last naked scene, one is left wondering whether these scenes were put in because 1. the director likes the 1980s/1990s action movie formula of having multiple, pointless, sex scenes or 2. because Clooney is trying to maintain his reputation as a former "sexiest man alive", or 3. just to add to the length of the film.
There are countless minutes wasted with the characters walking by themselves or sitting by themselves in large public places that are inexplicably devoid of people. The "surprises" in the side stories are so predictable that they border on cliché.
The most interesting part of the movie was that the locations are mysteriously vacant of people leaving one wondering where everybody is. Unfortunately, near the end, we realize it was probably budget issues. Once the "action" finally starts, the films still avoids extras such that the large crowd that appears when it is necessary for once scene disappears by the next scene. Even though this is clearly the most exciting thing to happen to the town since World War II, nobody cares.
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Maybe the book by Alice Sebold had a world/afterlife that made some
sense, but if you haven't read the book, the end of the movie makes no
sense or is so completely perverted that one should never see this
*** Warning there are spoilers below this point. *** In Peter Jackson's world, after being murdered, innocent children go to a "heaven" where they get to hang around with other of the murderers victims. Susie doesn't get to see her grandfather, who is notably absent from the world of the living or any other of her loved ones. Rather, she gets to spend eternity with her killer's other victims. Maybe they will all get to spend eternity discussing the worst/last day of each of their lives. I guess these kids' deaths might upset their loved ones who are already in heaven, so they have to be isolated.
The worst part is the timing coming just before the Murderer's demise. One is left wondering whether the Murderer's "punishment" will be to spend eternity with his victims.
The one good thing about this movie (that moves it from a 1 rating) was the performance of Stanley Tucci. He came across as really creepy when he needed to come across as really creepy.
From the beginning to the end, this movie does nothing to explain
itself. The setting is a future world with no explanation of how we got
there, what the current state of the world is, or where the world is
I should have known when the trailer was all about "action" and you couldn't figure out what was going on. This is a jumbled mess of scenes that the underlying plot is apparently they need to get from point A to point B and people may try to stop them. They never explain why they need to get from A to B, why people want them to get from A to B or why people want to stop them from getting from A to B. When you add in the setting of a future world that at various times appears to be either post-apocalyptic, merely overpopulated, at war, or depopulated.
A number of people have compared this to the movie Children Of Men. If you hated that movie, you'll probably hate this one. I did not hate this as much as I hated Children of Men. That's probably because I never read the original book "La Sirène Rouge" so didn't realize how badly they destroyed the book. Has anybody read the book? If so, is there actually an ending (or at least an explanation)?
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This movie was a selection of semi-random interactions between crazy
people. I've dealt with crazy people and with dysfunctional families
and these were neither. The "story" is a random set of occurrences,
many of which go nowhere and never get resolved. (Minor spoiler in the
rest of this paragraph.) E.g., the interaction with the neighbors, the
conversations about the grandmother and missing sister, and the
conversations about the two friends and their son who came for dinner.
None of this goes anywhere. I found myself wondering if Noah Baumbach's
inspiration was "Bill Budd" in which Melville spends 3/4 of the book
pondering natural depravity and other concepts rather than telling the
The characters are so one-dimensional that even the "ensembel cast" cannot pull-off making them interesting. Even though the characters are "crazy," they have no underlying motivation so there is no point to watching.
I think the spoof comedy movie genre needs a bit of a rest. With
multiple movies of this type coming out every year, there is just
nothing new or funny. Seltzer and Friedberg have done one a year for
the last three years (2 in 2006 if you count "Date Movie") and just
update the tired old jokes to fit with a new set of "current" movies.
That's not to say the movie was without it's moments, there were funny scenes throughout, but even when a scened was funny, they didn't know how to end it and move-on. For example, the spoof of the "dance-off" movies goes on forever, and there's only one joke. They couldn't even fill an hour and a half.
My recommendation, if you haven't seen it, wait until it is on HBO or something where you don't have to pay extra.
This "Rambo" film delivers exactly what it promises: A great
shoot-em-up style war film. If you want in-depth character development,
or a sophisticated plot, look somewhere else. But, if you are looking
for an afternoon of watching the famous (infamous) John Rambo take out
evil-doers with a variety of weapons, you're in for a treat. If there
is a deeper message here it is (thankfully) buried well beneath the
I rated it an 8 because, although I think this was pretty close to the best it could be, and would love to give this a 9 or 10. However, there is little character development or story. While I think that including either of those would probably have damaged this particular movie and possibly converted it into a "bad" movie, this means that it can be a very fun and entertaining movie, but can never be a "great" movie; at least by my standards.
A word of warning: This movie is very violent and not because of "cartoon-like" violence. I would not take children to this unless you are sure they are old enough to separate movies from real life and are not squeamish.
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