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This review contains a potential spoiler in the form of an analogy. I
do not say what happens in the movie. But my analogy of the ending
might spoil it for you...
The first half of this movie is just boring. The acting is bad. The script is terrible. The story and back story are weak. Even Tom Welling's amazing face and body, plus the beautiful Oregon coast can't save it.
The second half is exciting. The story and back story become stronger. The effects are convincing, creepy, and scary, and begin to make sense.
The ending is very disappointing however. I will use an analogy...
The bases are loaded. This is the most important game for the home team in the past 100 years. All the team needs to win the World Series is for the batter up to hit a home run. Instead, his girl friend runs onto the field and kisses a guy on the other team. No home run. Game over. They live happily ever after. Doesn't make much sense, does it? And that's pretty much how this movie ends.
I don't remember much of the first Fog movie. But I know that the big miracle at the end of that movie was a thousand times better than the silly, pointless, illogical end of this movie.
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OK, so the acting is silly, the script is weak, and the director
probably wasn't there most of the time... But if you are into body
building or body builders, and like seeing hustlers turn into good
guys, this movie is actually very enjoyable. It is heart warming at
times, and it's almost too much seeing Richard Hatch doing an over the
top performance of a common hustler (no not that kind... the kind of
"hustler" where a guy does everything he can think of to legally
extract money from people's pockets).
The focus of the movie is a huge body builder (Tim Kimber) with an adorably cute innocent face who was sadly only in 3 movies his entire acting career. He plays a developmentally delayed man who needs guidance to enter a body building contest and win. And he is really about the best actor in this movie.
10 minutes later...
On further investigation, Tim Kimber seems to have done phenomenally well for himself. He is co-author of a couple of body building books, and (get this) he has been co-owner of the Gold's Gym chain for over 20 years.
Good for him!
I am giving this movie 8 stars, only because it is so much better than
most of the Time Travel movies of recent years. And I really did enjoy
If you like Time Travel movies, this is a good one. Plus, it is an extra wide screen movie with awesome bass (much more bass than most movies in the same screen of the same theater that I go to), and good surround sound effects, so don't miss seeing it on a big screen if you like Time Travel movies (or if you want to see major hunk, Edward Burns on the big screen with his shirt off).
Ironically, the only bad visual effects in this movie are the cars driving by on a normal day in the futuristic city. And one elevated train looks like a toy. But most of the other effects are very good, and very scary. The dinosaur may not be quite as good as Jurassic Park. But the other creatures in Sound of Thunder have evolved millions of years past the computer generated stuff in Jumanji.
I can understand the bad reviews. It's certainly no Oscar contender. The way that some of the changes happen in the future, because of the change in the past, don't make much logical sense. But very few people have traveled back through time, so who knows if it's right or wrong? And the theories are interesting. Plus it was a great way to make a really scary movie out of Ray Bradbury's original short story. This movie is 20 times more scary than Dark Water!
And I enjoyed this movie more than:
Primer (4 College Students build a Time Machine in a depressing mess of a story), Time Line (another mess with acting and directing that makes this movie look like an Oscar winner), The Island (fell apart in 2nd half), Mystic River (bad guys get to do anything they please and get away with it), Adaptation (horrible ending), Sideways (boring first half, depressing end), Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy (they totally screwed up the story, the BBC miniseries was infinitely better).
The relatively unknown star, Edward Burns (3 episodes of Will & Grace this year), does a better job of acting than Ben Kingsley in this movie! I agree that Ben should not do camp.
Last year's Butterfly Effect with Ashton Kutcher (one of the all time best Time Travel movies) has the same Title as the Ray Bradbury short story that this movie was based on, but the two do not have similar story lines at all.
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