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Okay Korean comedy-drama
Every culture around the world has its own unique sense of what is funny and what is not, so I feel that some westerners who watch this Korean comedy-drama might be a little taken aback as to what the filmmakers thought was funny. Some of the humor is amusing for Western viewers, though quite a bit of it is the broad and slapstick style often found in Asian movies. A little of this goes a long way, so that is maybe why I didn't laugh very much at the comedy. The drama portion of the movie is somewhat better, because you do get involved with the characters' plights, and you'll definitely be curious as to how everything will be wrapped up in the end. (And the ending of the movie - which I will not reveal - isn't quite what you'd find in a Hollywood movie.) However, the movie at 111 minutes is too long for its own good; had the running time been shortened by about 20 minutes, the whole package would run a lot better. Definitely not the worst Korean movie I have seen, and the movie is interesting for those who like Asian genre cinema, but it should not be your first choice should you be venturing into Korean cinema for the first time.
Xiao men shen (2016)
Might have worked better had it not been "Weinsteined"
I have enjoyed many movies from China, and I've certainly enjoyed a lot of movies from America. Unfortunately, when China and America get together to make a movie, the results are usually a misfire. This particular co-production does not do anything to change the trend. There is nothing wrong with the visual look of the movie; the animation and art design is colorful and pleasing despite not having the polish of Pixar or other top American animation outfits. And the core idea of the movie is pretty original and could have worked if there was one clear direction the story unfolded at instead of being pulled in two directions. Thanks to the American Weinstein brothers, the movie (at least in the English dubbed version that I watched) has pretty awful voice acting for the most part, narration that seems a desperate addition to make the movie make sense, and embarrassing use of American songs like "Kung Fu Fighting" and "(Theme from) Shaft". Also, it appears that the Weinsteins severely cut down the movie for western audiences, because there are a bunch of plot threads and characters that make little sense and/or are not finished by the time the end credits start to roll. But while there are signs that the original Chinese version might have made more sense, much of the movie would probably unfold at an even slower pace than it presently unfolds, and be cluttered with even more plot than it is now. In the end, the movie is a big disappointment. Kids may be more forgiving towards it, but I don't think they will request repeated viewings.
Secrets in the Hot Spring (2018)
Tiresome Taiwanese teen film
Having found many interesting and entertaining Asian movies on Netflix, I decided to give this particular one a look, even though teen movies in general don't really interest me. Sadly, I thought the movie was for the most part a misfire. It's a really strange movie, even by Asian comedy standards, and initially the extremely wild and goofy tone does grab your attention. And I admit that there were a few mildly amusing moments here and there. But for the most part, I watched the movie with a stony face. To be fair, the movie seems to be aimed at a Taiwanese audience instead of a western audience, which may explain why this western viewer didn't seem to understand a number of plot elements and attempts at humor. But most of the movie is played out in an "international" slapstick way, and I simply didn't find this humor funny. Also, much of the humor aimed at a gay character borders on being homophobic. Even worse is that the movie is dragged out to about 108 minutes in length; it could definitely have been wrapped up in much less time. The production values are good, and the actors are very likable, which does save the movie from getting the lowest rating. But all the same, I'd recommend you skip the movie, even if you are Taiwanese.
A Quiet Place (2018)
Not boring, but too many unanswered questions
As my subject heading states, I didn't find "A Quiet Place" to be dull. However, it has so many glaring unanswered questions that I was unable to enjoy what I was seeing. Here are just some of the unanswered questions I had (spoilers ahead): How did the aliens appear on Earth? What was their purpose of coming to Earth? (It couldn't have been just for running amok in the countryside? If the aliens rely on sound and not sight, how do they get around without bumping into things? Why aren't the aliens attracted to the sounds of crickets, rusty swings moving in the air, birds, or raging rivers and waterfalls? If the aliens can't detect noise from humans near raging rivers and waterfalls, why doesn't the family just live next to the rivers and waterfalls? If the aliens are indestructible (as seen on a blink-and-you'll-miss-it newspaper headline), why can they be killed by a shotgun? Why doesn't the family find shelter underground instead of out in the open?
Look, I can accept some mystery and unexplained details in a science fiction movie. But when there is so much mystery and unexplained details as in this movie, the whole package then becomes very frustrating to watch. As a result, I can't recommend the movie despite its original premise, good production values, and professional performances. They might be able to answer questions in the upcoming sequel, but given that sequels are usually worse than the original, I'm going to pass on the opportunity to see it.
Some good things - and bad things - in this family movie
Normally, family movies of this nature are not my cup of tea, but I thought I would watch this particular one because Kelly Hu was in the cast. As it turned out, while this was some distance from the worst family movies I've seen, the movie does have some problems that hold it back from being a classic. First, the good stuff. The movie's production values look solid for what couldn't have been a low budget, from the cinematography to the special effects. Also, the various characters in the movie (both the kids and the adults) are a lot smarter and realistic than usual, and the performances by the game cast are also pretty good. All the same, there are some significant problems with the package. The main problem is that the movie's basic story has been done so many times before. The premise is old hat, the problems the protagonists have are extremely familiar, and the plot turns are very predictable. Also, the movie moves at a very slow pace, and lacks severe punch when it tries to be exciting or suspenseful. Adults may also be disappointed that Kelly Hu does not get to show off her martial arts skills. Kids will probably like the movie despite these problems, and while their parents may nitpick it more, they will probably admit that they've seen a lot worse.
Cheap, cliched, and not much fun
It isn't very often that you come across a British action movie, which "Vengeance" (a.k.a. "I am Vengeance") is. But if you are unfortunate enough to watch this movie, you'll see why British filmmakers make very few action movie. It's an awesomely cheap affair, seemingly with interiors filmed in abandoned buildings and empty storefront that have been hastily and skimpily set dressed. The camera is also jammed in close to the actors more often than not (another tell-tale sign of a low budget), and the cinematography is dreary and sometimes blurry. The movie is also saddled with a bad script. The script has absolutely NO surprises; you'll have seen every plot turn in hundreds of American action movies before. The script doesn't even really take advantage of the British setting; with almost no rewriting, this story could be taking place in America. The lead character is also written (and performed, for that matter) to be little more than a brutal thug with no heart or sympathy attached to him. As for the action, it's a long time coming; you have to wait until almost the halfway point for the first real action scene. And when the action does come, it's choreographed and directed in a manner that's lame and confusing at worse, and utterly routine at best. In the end, the movie is only recommended for people who have never seen an action movie before... or any other movie before, for that matter.
Completely unfunny comedy
This obscure comedy was made in 1969, but shelved for 7 years before getting a limited theatrical release, and remained quite hard to see afterwards before earlier this year getting a release on DVD and Blu-ray. Seeing the movie, it's easy to see why there wasn't exactly a demand for it to be widely available. Even given the different attitudes when this movie was made, it's still pretty insulting to see a Caucasian actor made up to look like an Asian and act in a very stereotypical Asian manner. Quite possibly the movie could have been made palatable had it been funny, but it's quite the opposite. There are NO laughs to be found in the movie. Certainly, the gags based on stereotypes aren't funny, but the gags that are slapstick or any other nature fall flat as well. There is absolutely no comic energy (or any other kind of energy) in the movie, and as a result the movie threatens to put viewers in a trance when it's not being insulting. Also, the movie's interiors have a cheap untheatrical look akin to Hollywood television productions of the era. The only reason why I am not giving the movie the lowest possible rating is the few minutes of interesting exterior footage of 1969 Kyoto.
A charming and nice movie
For those who think that French cinema is filled with nothing but pretentious bores, I would suggest that they take a look at this particular effort. Although officially based on a true story, it doesn't take long to realize that a lot of liberties were taken to make the movie more appealing and commercial. Sometimes these changes, such as making the protagonist incredibly naïve about what he will be facing, are a little lame and annoying. Fortunately, most of the movie does work pretty well. The incidents of comedy are low key but charming. Practically every character with a substantial part is very likable, especially the central character, who you will root for every step of the way. The movie also looks very nice, with expert cinematography and actual filming in Nepal. All this ends up making the movie a sweet surprise, one that you'll remember for a long time afterwards. And it will probably have you looking for more examples of French populist cinema. The movie is on Netflix, so catch it there.
No Escape (2015)
Not bad at all
I put off watching this movie for a long time because of various reasons, and I just recently watched it on Netflix. I wasn't expecting much, but to my surprise, I thought the end results were pretty good. This certainly isn't a perfect movie (though very few movies are that way). The script has some flaws, such as the fact that there isn't a terrible amount of character development, though more development might have slowed down the movie significantly, and the central characters are all the same sympathetic. Also, the reason eventually explained for the coup also don't go into much detail. When it comes to the direction of the movie, often the movie suffers from a very claustrophobic feeling, with the camera jammed close to the character instead of stepping back a few feet. A "wider" feel would have really shown the scope of the coup, though maybe the filmmakers were hampered by a budget that wasn't incredibly high.
Despite those aforementioned flaws, the movie still works well. It does often have an authentic feeling for what a chaotic (and violent) coup may be like. This results in a lot of genuine tension, as well as some pulse-pounding action. There isn't a slow or boring spot anywhere in the movie; you'll be grabbed and interested from start to finish. And the central actors give very good performances, particularly Pierce Brosnan, who is very colorful and energetic (though it's a shame his role is somewhat brief.) These and other points of merit make the movie well worth your time.
Cuerpo de élite (2016)
Lightly amusing comedy from Spain
Though many people may think that all movies that foreign countries make are art house dramas, some countries do make populist cinema, Spain being one of them. This particular Spanish effort is a comedy, and you may wonder if it manages to be funny. Well, a lot of the humor may fall flat for people outside of Spain, because often the movie's humor depends on the viewer knowing a lot about Spanish culture and history. And there are some obvious gags that I think fall flat no matter what culture you come from. But while there are a number of misfired gags, there are still a number of gags that, while not laugh out loud funny, will have you smiling or chuckling a little. The actors in the cast are likable, the movie does click along at an acceptable pace, and there are no boring bits. While I wouldn't say this movie is funny enough to actively seek out, if you come across it on Netflix on a slow day as I did, it does pass the time in an agreeable manner.
In-cheon sang-ryuk jak-jeon (2016)
Okay, but should have been better
This South Korean war epic/action movie does get a marginal recommendation from me, being that it's not boring and it does contain some good action and some excitement. But at the same time, the movie is clearly being held back from maximum impact due to some significant flaws. For starters, there are the production values. While the movie was big budget by Korean standards, and indeed some shots look very nice, all the same there are many moments where the movie does not have enough "oompth" to its look, giving the movie a restrained feeling. Also, linking footage and entire scenes seem to be missing at times. A bigger problem, however, is the script. The script is severely underwritten at times, most notably being the heroes who set out on the mission. The heroes are poorly introduced, and we learn next to nothing about them. Also, the storyline has a lot of predictability to it; you'll have seen many moments in this movie in other war movies before. Another problem is that the English language dialogue often sounds very stilted and awful. This may be why actor Liam Neeson seems to be hamming it up at times. I realize I may be portraying this movie to be worse than it really is, so let me say again that while the movie could have been better, it is an acceptable time-waster. And it's a heck of a lot better than the 1982 movie "Inchon".
Zhui bu (2017)
Disappointing return to form from John Woo
When I learned that legendary action director John Woo was out with a new film that promised to be in the same style as classics like "The Killer" and "Hard Boiled", I was pretty pumped. But my feelings at the end of my viewing of the movie were much less subdued. To be fair, not all of the downfall of the movie can be put on Woo's shoulders. When characters in speak in English, they seem to be badly dubbed with awkward sounding dialogue that doesn't sound natural at all. Even worse is the script. The story has more than its share of incoherent plot turns, and many linking scenes seem to be missing (though Woo might be to blame for that last one.) Also, there are some plot turns and developments that are... well... just pretty stupid. If the characters had been a lot smarter, the conflict would have ended a lot quicker.
As for Woo's contributions to the movie, he doesn't manage to be able to do much. To be fair, he keeps the movie moving at a pretty fast pace, enough that you might not notice some of the poor scripting. But when it comes to action sequences, the action is just not up to the action in his past efforts. The farmhouse shoot-out and the climatic action sequence have their moments, but even those two moments don't really hold a candle to what Woo did in the past. The other action sequences, while not really bad, seem pretty routine for the most part.
In the end, the movie is kind of a disappointment. Those who are really into Asian action movies may get some enjoyment out of it, but I think even they will see its many weaknesses, and see why it was released directly to Netflix.
Boring and predictable
I had a feeling before coming to the IMDb to write my comments on this movie that many other viewers before me would have savaged this movie, and I was correct. Not that these people are wrong in giving the movie a big thumbs down, though having seen thousands of movies in my lifetime, I can say safely that this particular movie does not deserve the lowest rating. I have seen MANY movies that are far worse than this effort. For what was obviously a painfully low budget, the movie looks okay (though I admit that a higher budget would have helped.) And it's always fun to see Danny Trejo, even though he does seem to be going on autopilot for this particular project.
But yeah, the movie all the same is not good at all. I summed up why the movie is bad in the subject line of this review. The script provides absolutely nothing new - if you've seen your share of action movies, every plot turn and every character will be extremely familiar. Though you've probably never seen these elements unfold in the painfully slow fashion this movie choses to do so. Making matters even worse is that the movie is painfully weak when it comes to action. The first hour of the movie has almost no action; the filmmakers have to throw in a totally gratuitous bar fight to keep the audience awake. And what little action there is in the first hour or the last half hour isn't executed in a particularly exciting or engaging manner; it is strictly by the numbers.
As I said, the movie isn't the WORST, but it is definitely BAD, even if you have a hankering for B movies as I often do.
The Family (2013)
Unfunny and mean-spirited comedy
The basic premise of this movie - a mobster getting into comic hijinks while in witness protection - isn't a new one (think of the Steve Martin movie "My Blue Heaven"), but it could have worked again, especially with the capable cast the producers were able to wrangle up. But pretty much every aspect of the movie manages to be screwed up. Although the movie attempts to be a comedy, it sure doesn't feel like one. One reason for that is that the level of humor here doesn't go for big laughs, but instead tries to be "cute" instead. That might have been okay, except for the fact that these "cute" moments more often than not come across as harsh and mean spirited. There is a considerable amount of violence on display (especially in the climax), and the bloodshed and broken bones are so jarring that one can't possibly be charmed or tickled by the movie. It's all capped off with a final scene that really doesn't tie things up very well, and leaves the viewer kind of hanging and frustrated. Maybe the producers were thinking of making a sequel, but I'm sure glad that never happened.
Edge of Fear (2018)
Slow and hard to swallow
This variation of the movie "Die Hard" set in a rural house and the surrounding woods could have worked with enough care and thinking by the filmmakers before and during shooting. But ultimately, it's a very forgettable viewing experience. Robert Patrick does add some spark to the movie in his scenes, though his advancing age does prevent him from making some serious impact. The main reason why the movie fails is that it's executed for the most part in a dull fashion. The movie creeps along very slowly, taking forever between each instance the hero makes a kill. And the kills and other action sequences are directed in a flat and dull fashion. Almost as big of a problem is that there are a number of scenes where it's really hard to swallow what is happening. The predicament of the hero makes it difficult that he's able to do everything that he manages to do, among other problems. This is not deserving of a one star rating out of ten, like many people here have labelled it - I have seen many other movies that are even worse - but all the same, it's not even worth watching for free on Netflix.
Shi xiong zhuang gui (1990)
Amusing at times, but makes little sense
This is the fifth Stephen Chow movie I have seen, and it is yet another relentless collection of slapstick gags that you wouldn't find in even the silliest Hollywood comedies. If you are not familiar with the outrageous kind of slapstick found in Hong Kong movies, no doubt that some of the attempts at humor will take you aback. But having seen my share of Hong Kong comedies, I am now used to the outrageousness found in these movies. And with the non-stop display of gags, it's bound that I would find some of them to be amusing.
However, though I haven't seen all of Stephen Chow's movies, I think it's safe to say that this is one of his weakest. It isn't because the level of humor is below average, but it's due to the story. As I said in my subject line, the movie makes very little sense. Whole scenes seem to be missing, scenes that possibly might have filled in the gaps of the plot. Also, some scenes seem to be missing footage from their beginnings and/or endings. All this results in the movie's story being quite hard to follow at times. I don't know if this incoherent tone was due to production problems, the film being hacked down in the editing room, or a script that was badly written before filming started. Whatever the reason(s) might be, the movie ends up being one of Chow's lesser efforts, and can only be recommended to his biggest and most forgiving fans.
Not dull, but hard to swallow thriller
I think that had the screenplay for "10 X 10" had been given to several random people before filming started to get their opinions of it, those people would have most likely pointed out most (if not all) of the plot holes and illogical character actions. Then after a few rewrites to patch up those script weaknesses, we might very well have had a decent low budget thriller. As you have probably guessed by the first two sentences of this user review, this movie has more than its share of problems. I admit it's well produced on what had to be a very low budget, it's decently acted, and I was never bored at any minute of the movie. And the movie does start off well (if in a little familiar sense), getting you wondering what's going on and why. Unfortunately, after a time those aforementioned problems start coming up one by one. The two lead characters make some really stupid and unbelievable decisions on the fly (such as not beating their opponent to a pulp when they have the chance, or hastily picking up weapons when they have a chance), and the lead male character clearly didn't properly plan his big scheme very well. (He somehow forgot his daughter would come home later in the day while he was executing his plan?!?!) Despite a few good things to be found in the movie, more likely than not you'll be unsatisfied and frustrated before the end credits start rolling.
Merely okay "Die Hard" / "Towering Inferno" clone
Probably the reason why "Skyscraper" underperformed at the domestic box office was that the two genres it uses and mixes together - the "Die Hard" formula and also the disaster film formula - have been previously done to death, and don't have any spark of interest to many moviegoers. There are additional problems with the movie's script that probably turned away other moviegoers as well. The script has a number of telegraphed plot turns that you'll see coming a mile away. Also, the movie surprisingly takes a lot of time to get to the meat of the movie, with actor Dwayne Johnson taking more than 40% of the running time to get into the title structure to do his thing. And when he does get inside, doubtless many viewers will be disappointed that there is far less of him fighting the bad guys than you might think. Still, Johnson is appealing and likable as always, the movie is never boring despite it taking its sweet time in the first half, the special effects are pretty good, and there is some excitement here and there. Although you would be better off rewatching the original "Die Hard" or "Towering Inferno", if you don't mind seeing the same two formulas again, and are willing to lower your expectations by a few notches, the movie does pass the time in a kind of okay fashion.
Competent take on an old formula
As I indicated in my subject line, "Braven" takes its basic plot from a whole bunch of films that have used it before (kind of a variation of "The Most Dangerous Game"). But there is nothing wrong with a movie using an old formula as long as the execution is done well, and the filmmakers this time around did things fairly well. Now, I will admit the movie is far from perfect. It takes about half of the running time for the movie to really kick into gear and get going. Also, some of the character actions are unbelievable and/or silly. Those flaws did lower my rating by one of two points. But there is still enough good stuff here to satisfy action fans. The winter wilderness scenery is beautiful and adds a fresh backdrop. The movie does click forward at a good pace so that there aren't any boring bits. And there are some exciting action sequences. If you don't mind seeing this basic formula once again, and you are prepared to accept some less than desirable plotting, most likely you will find this movie an acceptable retread.
I was interested in watching this French crime drama/actioner to see what they would accomplish on a budget smaller than a Hollywood blockbuster. The look of the movie is acceptable, though throughout it's clear that the movie is on a somewhat more limited scale. But that isn't really the problem with the movie. Whether you are French or not, most likely you'll find the movie to be mostly drab. There's far too much talk, and none of the talk is particularly colorful or interesting. As for the action sequences, they are okay, but due to the aforementioned lower budget, they are not as grand scale or exciting as in Hollywood movies. Not an engaging movie, as you've probably concluded, though it's brief running time (81 minutes) does prevent it from joining the list of all time worst crime/action movies.
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)
Garbage script, garbage direction, garbage production design...
I had long outgrown stuff like trading cards when this movie came out, and I am glad I had, otherwise there would have been a chance I might have begged my parents to let me see the movie as an impressionable child. Actually, I am pretty sure that even at a tender age, I would have seen this movie as, well, garbage. Where to begin with this movie? Well, maybe the fact that in many ways the movie does not resemble a real movie. It has a choppy and awkward narrative, making you feel like the filmmakers were making the story while they were filming instead of waiting for a finished script. Also, despite the 100 minute length, there are a number of moments where linking footage or entire scenes feel missing. Actually, a longer narrative would have made the movie even more difficult to endure. It's awesomely cheap, often filmed on small (and barely dressed) soundstages and in back alley. The humor is extremely crude and not the least bit funny. Most of all, The Garbage Pail Kids are extremely repulsive, and it's made worse that they are made to be protagonists. Though the movie is badly made enough to have some interest for moviegoers with interest in big cinematic disasters, the movie is so filled with crudeness, questionable morals, and utter contempt that even they might have a tough time watching it.
Mac and Me (1988)
Talk about chutzpah...
Orion Pictures seems to have realized before releasing this movie that they had a real turkey on their hands, since they not only didn't have any critics screenings for the movie, they had to resort in TV commercials to showcasing comments from young children who had just seen a screening of the movie! That alone rings alarm bells, but the movie turns out to be even worse than what you are properly expecting. As you probably know, the movie is a blatant rip-off of "E.T.", so much so that it's a shock that Steven Spielberg and Universal Pictures did not sue. But the plagiarism wouldn't be all that bad had the movie been executed with enough skill and heart. However, the movie fails in every way you can think of, from the stiff-faced and unexpressive aliens to the human characters coming across as unbelievably stupid. And yes, the many blatant product plugs are pretty shameful. With the original "E.T." movie being freely available, there is no reason to see this shoddy rip-off in its original version. The "Mystery Science Theater 3000" version, however, is pretty amusing, though it suffers from cutting about 20 minutes from the movie's running time, resulting in a few severe plot gaps.
Arjun: The Warrior Prince (2012)
Epic tale made to be boring
It's hard to believe that the Disney company would get involved with this Indian-made animated feature. Though Disney in recent years hasn't made (in my opinion) any classic animated features, they still at the same time have a feeling what might appeal to an audience. I don't really see this animated movie appealing to anyone young or old from any culture. The big problems in the movie aren't really with the animation and art design (though I will admit that the level of animation and art design is very erratic throughout.) The big problem is with the script. For what is supposed to be an epic tale, it is scripted in a really flat and dull manner. Most of the movie is devoted to characters talking to each other, with very little action, comic relief, or any other lively touches to give the narrative some juice. Also, none of the characters is particularly colorful, including the title figure. Kids will be bored stiff, and their parents won't be that much better off. The only merit I could find with this movie is that unlike many other Indian movies, it does not rip off from a Hollywood movie.
Ethel & Ernest (2016)
Charming, but very rushed
I suspect that most viewers of "Ethel & Ernest" - especially those who hail from the United Kingdom - will find this movie extremely charming. I thought it was charming as well, though I did have a few issues with it. The movie does manage to do enough things right to make it worth a look. The animation and art design is extremely well done. It captures the look of Raymond Briggs' drawing, and it's appropriately detailed right down to the shadows the characters make. The movie moves from vignette to vignette fairly quickly, so there are no slow spots. And all the characters in the movie (especially the title characters) have that aforementioned charm that always engages the viewer.
Still, while I thought that the movie was GOOD, I didn't find it to be GREAT. The main weakness with the movie is with its storytelling style. Although the narrative of the movie is never boring, it is all the same very rushed. I often wished the movie would slow down significantly so we could soak in the color and feeling of a particular moment. The rushed style also weakens the title characters quite a bit. They could have been better developed, letting us know more about what they were feeling or thinking. As it is, they are somewhat weak, so much so that at the (rushed) ending, there isn't the emotional feeling from the movie that you would think there is.
Despite the weaknesses, the movie is still worth a look, and it manages to be entertaining enough. Just keep your expectations a little subdued, and you should find the movie enjoyable.
Future World (2018)
Pretty drab stuff for the most part
When I was a teenager in the 1980s, I loved going to the video store to rent post-apocalypse movies. So you can imagine that years later, when I came across this modern day post apocalypse movie on Netflix, I was pretty pumped. But long before getting to the closing credits, I was sorely disappointed with this movie. To be fair, unlike some of the other IMDb users who have commented on this movie, I did find some merit. In many aspects, this movie captures the look and feel of 1980s post apocalypse movies, from the cinematography to the sets and locations. I think that was intentional, and at times this retro direction gives the movie a nostalgic charm.
Unfortunately, while the movie has a whiff of nostalgia at times, more often than not the odor coming from it is the odor of a stinker. If you are expecting a lot of post-apocalypse action, you will probably be let down. There is less action than you are probably expecting, and what action there is generally doesn't rise above the strictly routine, despite a few techniques like impressive camera movement. The movie also is very slowly paced, and the direction combined with the talky script seems to be trying often to be a serious arty drama instead of a real adventure. I was really bored a lot of the time, and I think most other viewers will be too. The only entertainment comes with wondering how the more famous actors in the cast were suckered into appearing in the movie. Stick with post-apocalypse movies from the 1980s instead.