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Visceral, exciting, heartrending, and philosophically stimulating.
Despite an inexplicably low rating from the critics, 'Know1ng' doesn't just transcend a genre's trappings, it gives them a shotgun blast to the metaphorical face. The strength of the film is not in its special effects, its plot, its performances, even though each of those elements are represented very well. The strength is that it takes a philosophically intriguing concept- determinism -and shows the personal effects of it. God is implied, but not overtly attributed with control of the universe, because this isn't a disaster movie about the why or the how, it is a profoundly intimate portrayal of the end of the world. The audience gets a sense that it is coming, and they just have to deal with it. Very disturbing, unsettling material, superbly shot and scored. I will be revisiting this film again and again.
Indy is Back!
I have been hyped up for this movie ever since they revealed that it was in the making. Now that I have seen it, I am still reeling from the experience, and it is gradually sinking in how much I liked this movie. The cinematography and tone are unique from the previous Indy films, so please go into the theater without expecting another 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. The film opens with an excellent and suspenseful action sequence, though some of it will definitely raise eyebrows for being over-the-top. Nevertheless, this opening sequence is a *cough* blast. From then on, despite some longer sections of exposition and investigation, the action almost never stops. Some of the scenes are violent and intense, but they manage to maintain a lighter tone. I would compare this film to 'Last Crusade' in that regard. The dialog is usually light-hearted, and there is a lot more of it in this film than any of the previous installments. One downfall of this is a feeling of aimlessness or confusion that takes over, especially near the end of the movie. Harrison Ford recaptures his role quite well, but the character is portrayed as cautious and wise in contrast to the recklessness that he shows in "Temple of Doom". Shia LaBeouf plays a greaser-type young man, and he plays very well off of Harrison. Cate Blanchett's role as Irina Spalko is sinister and evil, but not explained very well and is not as deep as, say, Belloq from "Raiders". Karen Allen makes a pleasant, but not very emotionally stirring return as Indy's old flame Marion. It was a pleasure to see her on screen, since in my opinion she was the best Indy love interest of the original trilogy. The McGuffin itself, however, is pretty disappointing. The Crystal Skull is never fully explained, nor is it told why exactly it must be returned to Akator. The nature of the artifact is also very different from the three artifacts in the trilogy, and once you see the film you should understand why. The conclusion of the film was not very satisfying, but I have a suspicion that this is intended. After letting the experience sink in, I would rate the Indy films in this order:
1 Raiders of the Lost Ark 2 The Last Crusade 3 Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 4 Temple of Doom
Not the best, but not the worst. Go for a good time, but don't expect a classic or a deep plot.