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Same huge annoying plot hole as in Man of Steel (2013)
"Go colonize Mars instead".
What was the point of the mission? To save humanity.
How? By evacuating all of Earth on huge space stations to another planet, accessible through a black hole near Saturn... And you need to gather data about the singularity to finish the antigravity equation to do it.
1 direct trip from Earth to Saturn = 8 ROUND trips from Earth to Mars.
So... "Go colonize Mars instead".
Also, the robot design was very impractical.
P.S. Who colonizes/lands on a planet with a "1 hour = 7 years outside" time anomaly?! Pointless suicide!.
The Starving Games (2013)
A fun ride if you didn't like the hunger games.
Yeah, it's not perfect or big budget super special effects, but it works, and works well on satirizing the plot holes of the original story. The humor is witty enough, but some of it is too 2013 only. It doesn't drag on with the setup and quickly goes straight to the game. Fun if you didn't like the hunger games.
The flow from scene to scene is good. The forest is an actual forest. The actors are having fun with their roles. Love the announcers, the blue guys and the pink lady. No joke overstays its welcome for too long, except for the small gag with the toilet humor, but it's only in two parts of the movie. Some hated memes get destroyed. It might not make you laugh, but it will make you smile.
If you are a fan of the hunger games book or movies, don't even bother, because you most likely don't have a sense of humor about yourself to enjoy this movie.
Ender's Game (2013)
The reviewers were right it's a movie without the original sole. I never even heard of the book until this film started coming out, but even I can see what a mess this is. In part, the original story might not have been great, but this cut makes it a disjointed mess.
Most of the movie is just a terrible warschool cadet story, where obvious issues and problems happen. The fact that all the fights between the children are encouraged by the adults is just horrible to watch. Harrison Fords character even compares the kids to horses. And it goes for most of the movie.
What I never got from the movie is a good enough explanation on what these kids can do so much better than the old experienced veterans. What was so necessary for this program of child soldiers to exist? Everything I saw in the movie could have been done better by the pro veterans. The plot is like watching very old people trying to use Windows Vista or 8 computers, and then bugging their kids to do it for them.
The concealment of the tattooed hero, who stopped the fist invasion, is stupid. Why classify it? It just makes learning enemy weaknesses harder. Do the bugs plan to spy on the humans for their unfixable logistics weakness?
The final big plot twist, that the exam simulation was an actual final war battle Ugh. So the plan was to send in a fleet of manned battleships and drone squadrons, which are all remotely controlled by a small group of kids, who didn't even have a plan or any intelligence data for the final fight. And it ended with them loosing all the ships and ramming the planet at full speed with the BFG. What was the point of the battleship manned crew again? There were thousands on board, last I remember. What did those people sign up for? A suicide ramming of the planet.
It was like watching the second Gulf War commanded by the Korean StarCraft world champion. A better plan would have been to draw out the enemy, thin their finite forces and go in for the kill. There was no timer.
So in the end it's a movie about stupid "us or them" propaganda, child soldiers, genocide and bullying, all crammed in to the point of disgusting.
The book came out in 1985. StarCraft came out in 1998. Child prodigy strategists are no longer a novelty. And nobody wants to see kids recklessly command adults to their death as a game. This movie missed its big chance by a decade.
The Last Days on Mars (2013)
Reminds you of the real dangers of space exploration.
One of the biggest conundrums I ponder on is "how to best space diseases?" This movie tells well of what doom life in space may bring us, or us to it.
It's not a fast action gun shooting zombie survival horror, but it's very good given the scenario. A crew of Mars explorers are ready to go home, when they discover life and it starts turning them into zombies. And not just any zombies smart zombies. No weapons, regular scientists, limited life-support, no chance for help.
The effects of the disease are poorly established, but that can be left to the suspension of disbelief. I do have to say, the amount of "You guys are acting weird and been out for too long, but I will open the doors for you no problem" is too much in this movie. The ending becomes more and more predictable to the end and in some parts it drags on, but other than "it can be shorter" it's OK.
The actors do a good job, the scenario is relevant, there are flaws, but overall it's worth a watch to see something smart. I enjoyed it more than "Gravity". If you liked this, might as well go watch a similar movie released this year "Europa Report".
Forget the first movie when watching this one
This movie has big balls to pull this much fun of carnage and destruction. Don't get me wrong, I have seen the first movie a long time ago, but have since forgotten almost all of it - and that helps a lot.
If you watch this film as a stand alone, and not as sequel/prequel, it's good, really good. The setup is fast, the characters are strong and constant; you can pick up what's going on at any point in the movie. And its fun.
There is actual feel of destruction and crazy, but at the same time you can't take it seriously.
While it was good here and there, the ending events are when it really shines. So if you zone out from time to time, at least stick around to see how it ends, you wont be disappointed.
Europa Report (2013)
Nice, Smart and boring
Do you know a friend who explains to you some complicated scientific thing and you find it hard to keep attention? This movie is like that.
It's a found footage stile documentary, well done, but baits you with "something went seriously wrong in the space mission" without telling you who died. Normal documentaries start with "in memory of", but this movie instead tries to pull of tension and conflict by not telling you about who lived and who died. It didn't work for me, especially later when they reintroduced the commentary of the earth crew.
The design of the ship is well done. CGI is good. The actors do an excellent job. The sound is very atmospheric and hardly noticeable. But smart films sometimes make stupid mistakes. From here on its all spoilers.
The worst part was probably the communication reestablishment with Earth. How is it possible to do it through the pod, when the main ship to Earth communication is fried?! And with that I will save you the trouble: they all died to bring back some epic video. Problem with that is that it's not original anymore. If some of them survived, as the movie kept leading us to believe, it would have made it more interesting.
The first two deaths are just dumb. The first casualty happens because a spacesuit got stained by some toxic fluid. He has 20 minutes of air left, but for plot convenience somehow looses it to one, He then decides to commit suicide to save the ship from contamination. That is a stupid flaw: you would think there would be ways to clean/jettison the outer lair of the suit, or provide the astronaut with more air. Also his arms are motionless when he suffocates he should instinctively at least try something.
The second casualty comes form a stupid scientist, who, knowing the dangers, should call it a day and come back tomorrow. It's the dumbest death in this movie. I also find it dumb to not leave a crew on board the orbiting ship putting all your eggs in one basket really bit them in the ass.
But even with all that and a very boring slow start, it's worth at least one watch. Such films are rare.
The Colony (2013)
Better than mediocre
It's an OK science-fiction film, certainly better than common syfy quality, but it drags. You could easily shorten it to an hour or less and keep all the important parts of the story in. So maybe wait for the DVD to skip the boring parts.
There is no tension as the film gives you stereotypes, obvious expandable characters and token bad guys. The actors do pull of well made stereotypes that all have some sort of back-story to them, but you really don't need to know of. The atmosphere of the world is nice, even though the CGI is on par to video games. If you can look past all that, it's a nice film to kill the time.
Ran out of good stories fast.
I really liked the show a while ago when it was all about autopsies, a subject I didn't know anything about. The side drama on people interaction was never my thing. But a couple of days ago by chance I saw the first episode of a 3 parter arc, where they blundered with a super hacker. Now that's a subject I know a lot about and my suspension of disbelief is not THAT high to buy this story, to the point it enraged me.
The story arc focuses on how one hacker with no access to a PC at home can break into everything with a microchip in it and then disappear without a trace, while at the same time committing gruesome murders while wearing an ankle bracelet. He ends up ruining every cast members life and in the end gets away scoot free by forging his data.
Highlights of bovine stench mass include coding a virus into bone so that it will write an extra 0 to the heater thermostats in an unknown facility through the special bone visualizer. A hacker, known for advanced hacking skills, getting away from crime investigations only because his ankle bracelet showed he was at home at the time of the murders. Hacking through takeout library books into the library database to create an impossible super hacker network. And lastly said "super" hacker getting away by creating fake Egyptian royalty papers.
The amount of preparations for the story arcs level of hacking would take lifespans to pull of.
So yeah, a show about super smart people where computers science is literally magic and hackers are literal magicians. Drop this when ever you fell like it.
Eliot Kid (2011)
As far as kids show go, this one is mediocre to dangerous
This show is TV channel time filler for when they have nothing better to show. The target demographic are little kids, who don't know any better. Seems harmless, at first.
My problem lays with the consequences of Eliots actions. Every time his overactive imagination results in serious damage, which is played out as insignificant, even though he gets close to burning houses down or killing himself and others. Now if this was a one time event you could see why his parents would shrug it off. But this tends to be the main plot devise: Eliot imagines some wacky adventure and then gets into trouble. You would think after a few of these his parents would at least have a proper talk with him, but they never do. At best he just gets sent to his room or something vague, without learning anything about what he has done.
Eliots adventures result in him bringing homeless strangers home, assaulting old people, ruining his moms political career and causing a disaster in the cities recycling plant, just to name a few.
And this show is for youngest impressionable kids who don't know better. What will they think of other than "let your imagination go wild regardless of what happens"? This show is horribly irresponsible for the sake of entertaining little kids. A disaster maker for any parent.
The Book of Eli (2010)
Better than The Road, but still a terrible movie.
I watched The Road before this. This film is an improvement, but it's still a terrible movie. If you are other than a devoted Christian you will hate this film for the amount of gospel it tries to pull on you. There is almost nothing otherwise to see here.
Let's get something straight the big reveal in the end that Eli is blind is ridicules and him retelling the bible word for word, because he lost it, is just offensive. You literally made a movie about Daredevil being a zealot in post apocalypse, which is practically a western. I've seen far better movies about butt kicking blind people and this movie is not on par with them.
Eli is a horrible person. In the first 15 minutes he kills a cat, murders a pacified assaulter, doesn't intervene to stop a rape, all while mumbling that he is on a mission from god. I my opinion he's just a suicidal mad hypocrite. The premise for the books importance is laughable. The quotes are typical and bland. But his Ipod still works and has good music on it.
No movie relies to pass so much bull for us to take it up as faith. Every time Eli shoots a gun or listens to music, tough he "blinds" himself, he still has perfect reaction and aim. His enemies armed with superior weapons always miss. The leader lost most of his guys, but just lets Eli walk away while having a good shot at him. The bad guys have cars, but need hours to catch up to him on foot, while he walks in circles because he runs into the same gang of scum TWICE.
The movie clearly hates old people and proclaims that shaky hands are the result of you being a cannibal... Why?! And why must modern apocalypse movies be shot in brown and gray with heavy shadows? It makes the movies bland and fake, clearly hiding CGI. Good apocalypse films like the Mad Max trilogy don't need such filters.
The main villain was pathetic. He likes to read, but burns anything he doesn't like, rather than collect to sell to others. His reasoning to go through so much loss to find the good book he needs its word manipulation to conquer the dispirit minds. Dude, do what so many have done before you make up a new religion based on the old teachings, by pulling words out of your **** and guns! This is literally a no brainer! I wonder what he would have done if he found the Koran first? This degrades the tension in the movie a lot.
Uh. Terrible. Just terrible. It isn't the worst movie (The Road tops that easy), but it's still terrible.
A movie about losing faith so much they would hunt religious texts into the ground would be better, as it's rebellious. A movie about making the good book as the sole savior of all that is good in man is an ancient, forced upon you, tale.
You know what would be funny? If somebody just wanted to play a prank on Eli, whispered in his ear that they were god, gave him a random book and send him of into the desert. In the end it turned out that he can't read braille and it was actually an erotic novel. But that would make too much sense.