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Even a turd can be made to shine (in the public's eye)
Make no mistake (until now) I was a fan of Mr Scott. Indeed, Blade Runner is my favourite film of all time. Clearly the writers were geniuses on Blade Runner, not the director.
This film is without doubt proof that even turds can be buffed to shine for the mass idiocy of the public viewer. The stupidity of the plot (or lack of it) is mind boggling at points it had me squirming in my seat, when the aliens definitely didn't. The lack of realism in physics equally so. Note: you do float in Zero-G, atmospheric re-entry requires ceramic shielding and after an operation, people require time to heal internal wounds. Physics people, physics! Whether its having an eye infection and not reporting it, running a marathon after a stitch-up for an alien C-section or having a space-ship (weighing N-many tons, not disintegrate under stress) roll on you and not kill you or depress the ground in any way. This can and does all happen in the world of Prometheus.
Dialog wise Prometheus is less thought provoking than wondering what the writers were thinking when they wrote it. They thought the CGI department could make up for their uselessness. I've seen the story placed in the realm of 2001: A Space Odyssey. 2001 is a thinking persons film and asks good questions. It has this thing called realism and subtlety. 2001 is the genius - Prometheus is the village idiot with good hair. If you think Prometheus is thought provoking then you should check you don't move your lips when you read.
Don't waste your time seeing this film. It'll only make you cry that you wasted some of your life to see it.
In Time (2011)
Time is wasting and you may want your time back at the end of the film
I'll start straight off the cuff. Niccol is one of my favourite writer/directors. In fact, one of my favourite films is Gattaca, which has been so under-rated over the years since its release. To me he's been a great Sci-Fi writer, so going into this I was hopeful of something of quality.
Alas, "In Time" is not for the true Sci-Fi thinker. It paints a world in which time is money. That isn't that new an idea, but Niccols does succeed in pushing the metaphor as a commodity. Those with time are rich, those without time are poor. It's a simplistic analogy. As with Niccol's other films, the cinematography is beautiful. The best actors in the film aren't the main characters, rather Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser and (surprisingly) Alex Pettyfer present more interesting characters. They all shine, especially Murphy. The film seems like one long car chase, when what you actually want to delve into are the complexities - the debates between the characters themselves over the issues of the world they live in. Not a single clever conversation happens between anyone. Murphy is a great actor and I would have been interested to see the debate about right and wrong become greyed through some thinking. Life is not black and white. The film ending is unrealistic and I wonder if this was the ending envisioned by Niccol or the ending the producers wanted to boost sales.
Sadly this film could have been a great deal more. It had a good topic. It had some great actors, yet it failed because the story lost the nuances and complexities to meet the lowest common denominator, rather than raising questions or making the viewer think critically. See it, but be prepared to be disappointed. It isn't subtle.