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Perhaps a wake up call
To me this almost not science fiction. Everything is contemporary, income inequality, climate change, police brutality, health care, immigration, worker's rights, and even recidivism all current issues. It poses the question what happens when someone gets pushed too far by his oppressors. The answer: strike back!
The plot is straight forward enough. The wealthy live above the poor on a beautiful space station where health care is provided to the 1%. Below everyone struggles with poverty and illness. Maybe a little to obvious in it's messaging, but i think we need that simplicity in today's world. This film shows everything wrong with our country and our world today. The overall message is clear. Keep pushing the and squeezing the lower class and you will have a revolution.
As for the film overall it's good not great. The visual effects are believable and the production design manages to be contemporary and also reference 70's science fiction films. Jodie foster is good as a cold calculating villain. I felt that Matt Damon is good but the role was not as complex or deep enough for him. He's a really good actor but there wasn't much for him. He was really good though.
The negatives have to be the cinematography. The camera work often gets shaky especially during the fight scenes. It's a little been there done that. Also it could have used a longer prologue and certainly a longer epilogue. i wanted to see in detail what happened after the film's plot was wrapped up. I doubt there will be a sequel so i thought that was an important piece. Overall one of the best sci-fi films made.
Don't waste your money!
This was an extremely dark, violent, disturbing, weird and lazy film. I wasn't familiar with the book that this is based on and if this is typical of current comic books don't consider me a fan.
First off it's lazily written, the premise is a rip off of back to the future II. The premise of an alternate universe has been covered in a better world and crisis on two earths. We've seen this done and done well. Not only is there a very weak plot and weak villain that only appears twice. There are numerous events and moments that are just convenient and make little sense. The dialogue is bland and trite. The choice of having Barry Allen and Hal Jordan in this film also didn't work for me. I prefer Wally West and John Stewart their personalities are better and they have an entertaining relationship.
The most important thing to say is the level of violence is shocking. The film takes place entirely in an alternate universe where Aquaman and Wonder Woman are villains. They both relish killing people. Wonder Woman even beheads Aquaman's wife. I still don't know why other than the two were lovers. The "heroes" are also relentlessly violent, and hardly distinguishable from the villains. In this universe Batman is Thomas Wayne. Bruce was killed by Joe Chill. There's a over the top flashback where you see Thomas Wayne beat Joe Chill to death and then you see Martha Wayne go crazy and wipe blood on her mouth, becoming this universe's Joker. WTF! This is a nod to comics when Thomas wore a bat costume to a Halloween party obviously. His batman uses hand guns and kills. There's even a shot were the villain's head is shot and we see batman behind him from the hole holding his gun.
This version of Superman is something like out of a 90's mtv cartoon. He's been locked up by the government, and is frail and scared of the world. Later in the film he actually slices off aquaman's arm. I really felt that a maladjusted teen boy wrote this film in one sitting. The plot makes little sense, there are no characters you can root for except maybe Lois Lane- who carries a machine gun- and the Flash who is really boring.
I was a big fan of last years JL:Doom, that's been the best of the series. It was well written, well plotted, with a great villain and was upbeat and a lot of fun. This is the polar opposite, the best word to describe the film is disturbing. I think it's the worst in the series. The only person that is able to walk away from this mess is Kevin Conroy who only voices the real bruce wayne batman and not the evil batman. He gets off clean in my book.
I've seen there has been a shake up in the production team behind the films. I really hope they are able to pull it together and make some high quality films.