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This episode is classic Futurama - something that's been missing since
the series' end and in this season/series so far.
It's got the elements that made Futurama such a good show: an amazing voyage, a decent dose of actual science, a sentimental element that somehow lingers for eons of time (in the story), humour in the face of the universe, and bender being impossibly annoying.
i don't recall ever wanting to kick bender's shiny metal a** as much as in this episode. if you watch you'll know why.
the writers for this episode cannot be the same ones that wrote the previous six. I wish they would write more of the episodes since their material so obviously is the essence of Futurama that made the show such a hit in the first five seasons.
One thing i miss however is that the graphics could have been more elaborate particularly for the big bang.
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This film is up there, indeed at times exceeds the Hollywood remake of
the BBC miniseries, Traffic, as a no-holds barred merciless look at the
medium echelons of the drug trade and the so-called war on drugs in the
United States during its time. I only gave it only an 8 because it is
not exactly classic cinema material, although it is a valuable addition
to any film library.
Technically, the film is remarkable for a strong performance from the lead and support cast - look out for a chilling performance by Gregory Sierra as Felix Barbosa. Charles Martin Smith, playing Laurence Fishburne's DEA handler, has got the federal bureaucrat part down pat - I'm afraid to say , as always since he tends to get typecast in only this kind of role. Lawrence Fishburne turned in a stoic yet raging performance that was believable and easy to root for. Only problem, is that he too ended up being type cast in largely the same persona. Jeff Goldblum, mercurial and sharp as always added a lot of the flair of the film. Also hats off to the woman who played Fishburne's single mother/drug addict neighbor (I didn't catch her name). The rest of the supporting cast really enriched the story.
The cinematography and editing were very effective and innovative for their time. Choppy editing with successive close ups was soon picked up by many future copycat films. This film was one of the original ones to use that editing idiom. The soundtrack also worked well , reflecting much of the cynicism and despair that pervades the movie ; at some moments the score enhanced chilling situations audibly, as it were.
All this means that Bill Duke (and the producers) did a very good job.
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Now story-wise, this has got to be one of the grimmest scripts to make it to production at the time. After seeing a film like the Player, I was surprised how that script ever made it to the big screen. Kudos for letting this film be made, really.
I won't repeat the outlines of the plot - you can read the plot summary for that. The story could sound as a cliché along the lines of "all i wanted was to do good as a cop but they turned me into a drug dealer." But it is not cliché at all. The script is so well paced that the stakes are periodically raised higher and higher, and the key moments of the film are timed such that they exert their full dramatic effect. The stakes are raised as high as they can be in the context of the story and the twists do not insult this viewer's intelligence. There were probably plot holes, but I missed them - I was busy enjoying the movie.
--- end spoilers --- This film is too dark for children and even early teens, but for the rest of the world it is a thought-inducing and worthy film, as a drama, a social/political critique and as a thriller/action/cop flick.