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If anyone has more suggestions for indie directors/movies, please leave in comments. I am a fan of indie cinema!
Good for a view
Its not a bad movie. There are some funny moments and some emotional moments and some romantic ones, all well done. But at the same time, one cannot fight off the feeling that the movie would have done better if it were a bit shorter. A little more than one hour into the movie, it already felt like it was stretching the story. Making it a bit concise could have worked in its favor. It felt like it was trying to fit every Hollywood cliché about this genre of movies into a single movie, which would have been OK if they had made it slightly more compact in terms of running time.
I liked the leads, but it is the two actresses in the supporting roles of Eeva and Iiris' big sister that really kill it in their respective roles.
The male actors are little more than props in the story, which is fine by me. This is a story around female characters and Hollywood has marred many such movies by casting prominent actors in lead roles, which actually take away from a female-centric story.
Good for a one time watch.
Well-told story, but for one aspect
I liked the movie as a whole, even if the whole dying Sun is an impossible phenomenon and sending a bomb into the Sun and coming back from it is an even bigger impossibility. But, in movies such as this, the set-up serves to tell a story of the decisions various people would make under difficult circumstances, and how the loneliness and confinement of deep space affects psyches in different ways. In that, it succeeds absolutely.
However the biggest flaw for me is how Pinbacker is always shown as a blur once he enters Icarus II. That part just kills the movie for me because it rings false and forced. Its like the director thought it up as a means of not making it look like a slasher movie, instead of embracing the fact that extreme insanity, especially religion-based one that Pinbacker suffered from would indeed make someone go on a killing spree, and his obsession with viewing the Sun in all its glory would have lead to his skin being the way it is. There was no need to blur him. That made it look cheap. Instead a full-on visual would have been more successful.
Other minor gripe is the event that lead things to go astray, which is the solar panels failing because of misalignment. During repair, the crew indoors repeatedly asks the mainframe, aka Icarus, to adjust/align the paneling automatically, and that leads to one asking the question, "why did Icarus not do the same automatically during course change?" Finally, it was fun to see Captain America and The Scarecrow duke it out on a couple of occasions. :P
Why does The Rock have problem finding movies with more A-list directors than Brett Ratner, the bane of the X-Men franchise?
It tries to show Hercules as more of a man than a demigod and fails at it. The sets are false looking, the fights are false looking, and in the end it all comes down to Hercules' superhuman strength to win a fight. So where is the frigging reality, again? The plot is threadbare thin, and very cliché. In fact, it reminded me of the plot of Gladiator = Emperor has wife and children killed, hero gets betrayed, hero avenges and gets accolades of the public at the same time. Oh, and there is no payoff from all the emotional moments that are set up with the supporting cast.
Good for casual viewing on a lazy day when you have run out of ideas for good movies. But even then, I'd watch a Marvel movie.
Horridly pace movie with an equally horrid plot.
A horridly paced B-movie with plot elements that make no sense at all, and characterizations as thin as toilet paper.
All that the robots wanna do is cross over to a cliff to the other side and inhabit a radioactive zone that no humans can inhabit anyway. Where is the "profound consequences to mankind" in that? Fine, the robots are self-aware, but its not like they wanna take over the human settlements, like the NS5s in I,Robot! These are actively trying to get AWAY from humans. If there is any danger in that, then it should have been explained. At no point do any of them show any hostility against humans either. They just realized that humans are doomed sooner or later, and that robots will inhabit the Earth, and they are going about it PEACEFULLY! Bah, its useless arguing plot points, cause this is a DOA movie with no pickup, no pace and no legible story to tell.
I don't know what portion of this movie resonated with Blade Runner for some people, except maybe the pace. And, just because there are protocols shown in the beginning of the movie that a Rbot must follow, is no reason to compare this to Asimov.
Amazing prequel that stays true to the mythology and still goes in its unique direction.
This is a great movie that serves as the perfect prequel to the Alien series of movies. What stands out about this one is that it goes beyond just the mythology surrounding Alien and the xenomorphs, beyond just the CG effects, the jump-shots and action pieces, and asks some real interesting questions. It is rare that you see a movie that has enough references to its predecessors while still managing to be a unique story in itself.
Great work by the director, Ridley Scott, as well as the actors involved, especially Noomi Rapace. Can't wait for the sequel! P.S.: Given that the story mostly revolves around Christian theories concerning creation, as well as the fact that it takes its own direction independent of the preceding movies, I don't find it surprising that it has invoked a "Love it or Hate it" reaction in most people.
Faulty marketing spoiled it for this classic.
A truly underrated Sci-Fi that will surely remain a cult classic. I think its downfall was not the movie itself but the promotions, because I definitely remember it being called a horror movie with a vampire theme, which is far from what it is, and ended up creating the wrong expectations for the audience.
Great acting by all involved, including the mutant child. The only criticism I have about the movie itself is the way in which the final plot twist regarding Lt.Payton's character was handled. It did not give the audience enough time to let it sink in before moving on to the final confrontation. The final confrontation itself could have been handled better. But, all in all, a good watch.
The Avengers (2012)
8 Degrees of Awesomeness
The Avengers displays Joss Whedon's flawless comedic timing, and his ability to balance fun among serious situations perfectly. One can see why Buffy & Angel were a huge success, & Firefly/Serenity a huge cult hit. Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Whedon.
As for the movie, I like this movie's Hulk more than the two stand-alone movies. This movie showcases why the Hulk can work best as a supporting character instead of the lead. Hawkeye, in my opinion, was an odd character to add, and the movie could have done just as well without him. The other characters perform their parts well, but Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark steals the spotlight every time he is on-screen. The chemistry between the cast is seamless. I also loved seeing Coby Smulders as a bad-ass action chick, although its a shame she did not see much action.
The only downsides I can think of is the sometimes cheesy dialogs, mostly by Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, and some very loose usage of technical slang.
Other than that, here is a toast to The Avengers, and I am surely up for seeing The Avengers 2, Iron Man 3, and (a man can dream) Coby Smulders in an action movie.