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I've seen this movie with increasing disgust. It has so many sets of stupidity, I facepalmed myself every couple of minutes (now my nose hurts).
The most stupid thing was Lex Luthor. No real explanation on why he did the things he did, what his company was doing, and his ramblings took too long and were filled with nonsense.
I grew up with comics of Superman and Batman. Both cared for other people and always tried to cause as little damage as possible, and if they did, tried to rescue as many people as they could. Often they took the fight to an unpopulated (or less densely populated) area. In this movie, just as in Man of Steel, Superman kept the fight in the city and caused ridiculous amounts of destruction, death, and suffering. He is just evil.
The movie stumbles from stupid plot to stupid plot, not explaining things (or giving explanations that were as valid as "roses are red so all red things are roses").
Batman has a wonderful plane that is so advanced I think all military in the world would want to have it. Same for his car. Jimmy Olsen is CIA, and executed at the beginning. Batman is Superman's enemy because of all the destruction in the previous movie, and slowly becomes his friend, and really, that happens in a dim way, how the hell can these two people be depicted as smart. Superman teaches the Kryptonians how to become superpeople like him. The Kryptonians know so many uninhabited habitable planets but chose Earth to terraform. It just drives me mad writing this. This movie is bad. Well, the stories are bad. The visual effects, special effects and stunts are awesome.
Illogical even in its own logic
The Korean myth has its own logic. That does not explain why the hero and the lady-with-the-spirit are born in the USA. It does not explain how all the different monsters show op in the USA.
The logic in this movie is absent most of the time. Jumping from scene to scene is often erratic. Why are we here, now, and how did we arrive here.
Example... Why would a team of heavily armed and geared-up policemen run on a beach towards a cave, stop at the edge of a ravine, wait for a monster, be scared of the monster, run away without shooting, run out of the cave, and then start shooting.
Or... Why would our hero at one point need a car and go to max speed to escape from an attack by the main monster, while a couple of minutes later he can do it by simply running.
The dialogue is minimal and mostly simple. Things are explained in a silly mythical way that makes no sense at all, like something else is explained. Things happen without explanation beforehand nor afterwards.
The monsters in D-War can be compared with the monsters in Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. The special effects are quite nice, but are of TV quality, not big screen quality (like LotR, Godzilla or King Kong).
The Plan (2009)
Cylons are humanoids and among humans become more and more human
Why the cylons tried to kill all humans is gradually made clear in this movie. Why it failed as well. The original plan was replaced by a new plan and at the end by another one.
Why kill them all? Because the humans made the first (metal) cylons and they made them wrong and therefore the new (flesh) cylons are bad as well.
Why did it fail? Because the cylons were to cocky and thought they could kill them all easily. But some humans are smarter that he cylons expected them to be. And a lot other humans were just plain lucky.
The original plan: kill all humans. The new plan: kill all that are left over. The last one: try to occupy our own bits of the universe.
I like this movie because it connects with several strange bits in the series. The cylons are machines, but they are advanced machines, with advanced and complex brains, they have emotions, longings, moods. And as with any advanced brain, it thinks for itself, it learns, it views opposing sides of any issue. Many of the cylons that live along humans see that the differences are very small. That the way the cylons love and hate and think and plan are not very different from the human way.
I think this movie shows the importance of the matter of perspective. When you're a machine that is designed to live among humans, and actually live for quite a while among humans, you will become more and more human and less and less machine.
The promise that many answers would be answered in this movie is not proved, many are not answered at all. I wanted to see discussions in the cylon worlds about why and how to kill all humans. I wanted to see the cylon worlds, period. I wanted to see meetings of all cylon types. I wanted to see how the flesh cylons were made. I hope that is done in a future movie.
This movie is a nice story. Don't watch it with too high expectations. Don't believe the promises, watch and think for your own. Enjoy the stock footage, enjoy the acting, the special & visual effects, the fights, and enjoy Dean Stockwell. And hope for another movie.
These robots do not operate on their own, people!
I did like this movie. Not spectacularly good, several of the points the critics make are very valid, but I did like it. I did like the acting, Bruce Willis, the chases, the fights. They're not the best I ever saw, far from it, but they're decent.
Several of the critics make the same fault over and over again. They compare these robots to robots in AI (which do operate on their own, without somebody directly controlling them), or to the entities in The Matrix (where they are not consciously controlled by their human counterparts, but forced into a certain behavior by circumstances and the AI's).
The robots in Surrogates are 100% controlled by their human counterparts. They cannot operate on their own. The movie does contain some mistakes on this aspect, and maybe they are put in there on purpose.
I think these robots can best be compared with the avatars in Avatar. I'm sorry there's nothing about training to get accustomed with the robots, as is in Avatar. As with the chimp in the beginning of the movie, a lot of training is necessary to get the robot to do what you want.
The critics that I wholeheartedly agree with: - The robot-hating areas don't seem to be filled with the elite. It seems it is an uneasy collection of hippies, rednecks and losers, the same type of people who would refuse to use a computer or internet. It would be very easy for any police- or army-force to take such an area in control. - In our world the majority of the people have a cell phone. I'm not very sure whether the majority of people have a car. Or a computer. Or internet access. Certainly a radio, and a television. Robots like depicted in Surrogates are likely to cost more than an average car, probably a lot more. It would take quite a lot more years than the 15 years to have more than 90% of the world's population to use robots this way. - It would take many many more years for the world's population to use robots this way this extensively than depicted in the movie. To get to a situation where the streets, shops and offices would be solely populated by robots, a situation where the greater majority of people would not ever leave their home, not even for a minute, would take decades of gradual changes. But of course, a movie that tells such a story would be utterly boring. - Even the best massage chairs would not help to stop the deterioration of the human bodies who never get out anymore, who let their robots do all the work. - Humans not interested in real physical sex anymore? Come on, you're kidding. With skull kits as shown in this movie, there is no feedback to the real human body when the robot is touched by another robot. You would need a full body suit for that. So, venereal diseases going down with 90+ %, I doubt it. - If I would have a robot that would be able to jump to or from a rooftop, that would be able to lift a car, or to act tremendously fast, I'm afraid I would turn into a criminal very fast. No jewelry nor bank would be safe for me. I fully understand that there will be robots in those jewelry and banks as well, but still, it is not my body that is getting hurt in the fight, so I might as well go for it. Crime going down... nah, I don't believe it.
But still, the idea is nice, many aspects of robotic / human life are shown, so I give it a 6.
Beautiful but stupid
I did read up about comments here and external reviews, before I went to see the movie. I expected a bad story and stunning visual effects. I got to see a very bad and very predictable story and I thought the visual effects were not that good.
The panoramas were nice, certainly. The graphic world was nice, with the forests, the alien creatures, the huge machines and planes of the humans. But I thought it was very well visible that it all is CGI. It's animations. Why would people say that you can hardly see it's CGI... do they think we're stupid? I've seen computer games lately that look just as stunning. And in 5 years, we'll just remember this movie as "nice graphics for its time, but the story sucks".
I agree with the reviews of Avatar being a mixture / ripoff / remake of Dances with Wolves, Pocahontas, FernGully, Last Samurai, Enemy Mine, Lawrence of Arabia. Cameron did a much better job on Alien and Terminator. Did people finally convince him that his audience is stupid? I did quite a few face-palms while sitting in my chair. I started drinking a lot (thanks to our service cinema for providing this lovely feature), because I was bored. Predictable. As soon as I saw the main character sit in his wheelchair I knew: he is going to one of those Na'vi. Predictable. As soon as I saw the huge tree, I knew they were going to blow it up. Really. Barf.
I still don't understand why humanity of 2154 needs a whole fleet of airplanes to cut a high tree, since we already have neutron bombs now. You want to eradicate the aliens, get the tree out of the way, and not let the public at home know you did something terrible? Throw the neutron bomb and nobody will know. The area will be easily accessible with big digging machines, because there will hardly be any radioactive fallout. I know, it's evil, but that's the way these evil humans are in this movie. But that would be a short story, wouldn't it.
Go see Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Aliens, Terminator, Silence of the Lambs... or so many other films. Nice stories, some unpredictable plot changes and ditto character developments, grey (vs black&white) characters.
I happily would give it a 1 / 10, but I did like the graphics. I did not like the plot, the story, the characters, the character developments.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
I really don't understand why people like this movie
The acting is overacting. The plot does not exist. The story is completely unbelievable. This is fiction with over-fictional elements brought in a semi-serious setting. A farmer hiding Jews in the basement, being "interrogated" friendly by a Nazi, while the guards wait outside, they come in later and shoot them all and let one escape. That is a bad start. It is stupid. The stupidity does not end. This was not a funny movie, this was not satire, this was not entertainment, this was a long long list of stupid scenes, one unbelievable plot hole after another. An insult to history, an insult to every intelligent movie-lover. I was mad after seeing this. I really do not understand why people give compliments to this movie. Really.
Angels & Demons (2009)
The end of the movie spoils the whole (bad) movie
The movie is bad: bad science, bad plot, bad timing, bad texts. Tom Hanks is one of the few reasonably good things (he looks good, his acting is not bad).
Scientifically, the movie is stupid. Antimatter for a bomb? Noooo...
The plot is stupid. Why would the bad guy think of such an elaborate scheme just to hit the Catholic Church? If this guy, who even became the "number two" of the Catholic Church, has access to everything in the Vatican, it would be so easy to bring the church to its knees. No, for a good movie it has to be done as difficult as possible.
Timing: cannot be. Racing around Rome like that is impossible. Taking action like that is impossible. Being right all the time about vague clues is almost impossible. Come on, preparing actions like this is also impossible.
But the end of the movie... when it is revealed that the camerlengo is the bad guy, this really is stupid. He has done everything to help the good guys. And now he is the bad guy? Ridiculous. His centerpiece of evilness was the antimatter bomb. But he brings it high into the sky himself. And goes down to the ground with a parachute and survives. Why would he himself stop the destruction of the Vatican, what was his prime goal. Unbelievable. Stupid.
I gave the movie a 3 instead of a 1 because of the wonderful views of Rome. The camera-work is excellent.
Shame on Disney
The movie is not like the book. No way like it. The essence is out, the plot is different, the story lines are all changed, lots of things are taken out and lots of things are added, most horribly all that fighting and the wars.
This is an attempt by Disney to be better than the Lord of the Rings movies, well, they are not better, they make a completely incomprehensible story that disgusts any Narnia fans that read the books or that saw the BBC movies.
What disgusts me even more is the enormous amount of people that gave the movie a 10 and wrote a comment: these comments all read like Disney adverts. It's like people of various Disney PR agencies got the order to write a positive comment, without having seen the movie or having read the book. Just a lot of advertisement babble. Read those comments in the comment listing, sorting on "Loved it" order. It's amazing how much marketing blahblah can be spotted! I didn't expect Disney to do such things, and certainly not on IMDb.
Shame on Disney! Shame for butchering the book. Shame for making a violent movie where people and animals are killed and tortured, but without blood, so killing is OK. Shame for the PR babble in the reviews.
The Happening (2008)
The plants make wind
Yes, the plants make wind. That wind spreads neurotoxins. These neurotoxins make people going to kill themselves. In the Northeastern part of the USA and nowhere else. This is being told to us, because, maybe, we would not understand if not being told... we see it happen and we might just not understand.
At the end, a professor is being asked by a journalist on prime time TV how this could happen. He explains that this is a warning by nature. The journalist is not convinced: if it is indeed a warning, it would not only have happened here, but also elsewhere, and since so, we can give in to complot theories. The government did it! Of course, at the very end, it is happening again, in France (Paris!). Wow, a second warning, or now really the end of humankind.
By the way, being in love with each other and telling other people you love them and appreciate them, might help. Save the environment, talk to plants.
This really was a stupid movie. Stupid like "Plan 9 From Outer Space", but this time with good sound and good image quality and costumes and scenery. But still, it feels like a whole reel of film was left out.
Ooooohhhh, beware, the plants and trees make wind, they make the wind blow, and with that wind, the neurotoxins come your way and make you crazyyyy...
M. Night Shyamalan breaks wind. I hope he never breaks anything else again.
10,000 BC (2008)
Very nice story, visual effects, emotions
This movie is definitely not as bad as its rating. Sure, there are plot holes and anachronisms, but in essence this is a love story, a wonderful adventure and action movie, it's a movie about heroism and discovery, it's a movie against barbarism, religion (they kill a god) and tyranny.
There's humor in it, a lot of emotions, thrills, and a lot of great action. Nice digital and very nice visual effects. Mass movements of mammoths, enormous crowds of working slaves, a river full of ships. The panoramas of nature are wonderful: deserts, snow covered land, forests, grasslands, mountains, hills, it's like a nature documentary (just missing the voice-over of Sir Attenborough).
The budget for this movie was immense and it really shows. For the people that are irritated by the anachronisms: put this movie in the same box as Lord of the Rings, Narnia and Harry Potter: it's fantasy, a fairy tale, a story. Enjoy the acting, the effects, the landscapes, the animals, the hair (wow, a lot of hair!), the wardrobes, the weapons, the huts, the jewelry. Feel like being in 5,000 BC (which would have been a better title), or like being in "Walking with Mammoths".