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Blockbuster does it again, where is the plot or story?
Yes, I gave this film a 1. Yes, the visuals were great. So are a lot of visuals on video games. These movies shouldn't get a pass if the visuals are good. I can go back to the original Star Wars. The visuals were not that great, but at least the movie was fun and had a great story.
Like others have said, this movie applies the most basic plot. Us against them. You have seen this in films like Pocahontas, Dances with Wolves, Last Samurai. It all the basic themes and nothing else. You are just hammered with a bunch of crying and boo-woo and tribal singing and dancing. This can be an OK concept. I actually liked the Last Samurai. Guy joins the tribe and he is eventually accepted. But there was more there. There was the capable use of Bow and Arrow against forces with guns. But the good guys eventually lost because they were outnumbered. Kind of makes sense.
In Avatar, I just don't care that much for the blue people. At first they were pretty arrogant. Jake was this close to being hit by a bow and arrow. I also thought they accepted him pretty easily. There really wasn't a reason. He just kind of joined. Here is a guy that doesn't speak the language, has some kind of foreign connection is down right awkward. Accepting him can't possibly go wrong? Right? They then accept him and reject him and accept him again. He gets accepted kind of quickly and easily passes all of the dumb-down initiation tests. (imagine that). There is nothing really compelling about the blue people Na'Vi culture except for their connection with the environment. They are connected but to what extent. They can talk to the other animals? The trees? Why are we supposed to fall in love with them because of that. Because they use primitive weapons? Towards the end of the movie, I was actually rooting for the humans. Why? Because there never really was a case they were bad. Sure, they went after the Na'Vi's main tree. That is bad, but Cameron never really tells us why. So, for all we know, killing the tree was pretty important to the movie. There was mention about the Pandora ore, supposedly it was very expensive. That is all we here mention of for blowing up the tree. For all we know, that expensive ore could have saved billions on earth. The plot is so dumbed-down, I didn't really care. But, the humans had better weapons, so I just hoped they could pull it off. And of course, this would be impossible even though they had more advanced technology. The blue people have to win.
So yea, this is another Hollywood farce that will get a lot of good reviews. But all those reviews will be based on the visuals and nothing more.
BSG and Caprica bring back Sci-Fi storying telling!
(this contains spoilers) I was a little suspect about the Caprica movie. I thought the BSG people were just going to milk the franchise and try to make more money with cheap knock-offs. This was not cheap and in fact may have been a little better than some of the series episodes but there really wasn't much action. Caprica was all about story-telling and old-school scifi. It was just so refreshing. There was good character development, great plot and twists at the end that tied back to the Battlestar series.
Was it a boring? Not at all. I guess if you like stuff blowing up, then you should go outside and light up some firecrackers. Caprica had a sort of eerie Twilight Zone feel to it. You liked the characters but at the same time you felt that they were doing something wrong or evil. If you think about, there weren't any GOOD characters in Caprica, they all had some kind of agenda.
This was awesome and gives me hope that we can finally except good story in film and in TV.
Caprica helped me come up with a good Onion or Cracked article title: The Onion: "BSG and Caprica creators surprise Hollywood and fans by actually coming up with good story telling, plot and interesting characters. Rest of Hollywood scrambles to come up with a strategy to compete with these ancient techniques".
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Best movie in the last 10 years
This is one of the best movies I have seen in the last 10 years.
It wasn't overdone or cheesy at all. Just a basic, kind of tough-guy movie that you probably remember from the past.
I could rehash some of the great elements in the film, but I will just let the other commenter's do that. My only purpose in posting is to acknowledge that Hollywood is still capable of making good films. It is rare, but it does happen. I have seen Unforgiven and that film was too long and too slow. 3:10 to Yuma had the right amount of action. There were some elements that could have been taken out (the barmaid?) and some characters were introduced, never really developed and then killed off.
That ending was awesome.