Much of the bits that tie the plot together are tied together in a stupid (science fiction can fix it) solution. Plot holes so large you could fly the Enterprise through it. Even the 'solution' to the problem at the end was cheesy and made no sense scientifically or practically.
I always like science fiction to ask important questions or make us think in different ways or reflect relevant problems and use the science fiction as an arena to explore this in an interesting way (I, Robot; Blade Runner; Star Trek generations/voyage home etc). This film was none of this. It was a trite story that didn't quite make logical sense and had no real moral context or value. Some obligatory references to the old Star Trek. Some superficial reflection on his life that was contrived and never really resolved meaningfully. This film was made for around 12 year old age range.
They didn't really have any character development, certainly didn't make the most of Zoe Saldanha, and I expect she was paid handsomely in a role she would have shined in if she had a half decent script.
Despite this, I like the actors and the action was nicely done. I had more emotional response during the trailer than during the film, but I wasn't necessarily bored. Just wish, given the money spent, they would get a decent story and decent writers. Guardians of the Galaxy (closest type of thing I can compare it to) will be a franchise that will take over from Star Trek given this poor outing, and it is a shame, because the actors are all pretty good.
OK, so they're all pretty young, and pretty, and young. But they're also all interesting actors and each has something special to offer the script. Indeed, the plot balances them nicely and really it's hard to know who the 'main' character is because they are all unique and lovable in their own special way. And weirdly, this is bizarre, because in their own way they are all (or were) pretty nasty people.
The sets are maybe not the best, and the special effects I can't even remember.. but you know why? Because the plot is so good. I'm involved in the story and really wondering what will happen next. This is as sci-fi should be: not a lazy way to tell sub-standard stories and replace plot with effects and lazers, but a great character development and interesting (and different) story line which engages you, which uses the flexibility and allure of the future to create the scene.
Unlike some series ('How to get away with murder' springs to mind) it doesn't try to get attention by lots of sex and killing or oddness. Simply good stories.
I recommend you watch the first 3 episodes and if you don't like it, leave it alone. For me, I was hooked by episode 2 and then it just got better and better. Season 2 even delved deeper into the overarching story. I've got high hopes for this, and as long as they keep it well paced they should have a winner for many many many seasons.
Some scenes were over played and without subtlety, thereby losing their impact, though I thought the explosion scene was well timed. The flow of the plot was staggered and I found it difficult to really associate with the characters. It is quite 2 dimensional and, though good in parts, on the whole it was just not good story telling - which is unnerving given how good a story it was to start with.
In all, the only thing I found surprising was how such an important event, when dramatised, could fall so flat... a nice Sunday afternoon film when you are nibbling cheese and biscuits and chatting occasionally.
Well, this film is neither intellectual nor cheesy. It has a really nice core story about these two great guys who have had very little success in life, but then they realise how powerful they are just by wearing police uniforms. The story seems simple, but the two main actors play it just right and it doesn't go over the top, but produces a really humorous film that kept be riveted. One of the best comedies I have seen, simply because it gets the balance right and is light, exciting, fun, has a little depth, and made me laugh despite my grumpy mood. Thoroughly recommended to everyone! No 'shocking'/rude comedy, simply excellent fun.
It starts a little slowly with the main character (weather man) who is a womaniser and seems to be happy, and who also helps his bipolar friend who is struggling to find meaning in his life. However, ultimately find that it is the weather reporter who is searching for meaning in his life - and he finally breaks down when his bipolar friend begins to develop a life on his own.
The film contains quite profound comments (subtle inferences) on what it is to be crazy (and if belief in God is crazy); how relationships can be sexual and caring, but without being about becoming a couple; vegetarianism; living within the modern world or finding meaning in returning to a simpler way of life.
So - the film sounds arty and profound. Except it isn't produced in that way. It is directed like a Hollywood movie, indeed a Hollywood comedy. This mismatch between the complexity of some scenes and some of the plot, and the characters/actors and filming style are probably what disappointed many viewers. Personally, I loved it and put it in the same league as 'the way way back' but a bit more bizarre.
In summary - a great script and good film, with odd casting and presented as a comedy, which it isn't. Will be disappointing if you want something pure Hollywood, but will be engaging if you like sentimental and deep films that make you think, but are not pretentious (indeed - I wonder if it was done purposely like this in an effort to take out all the pretentiousness and make it seem like a light film).
However, the script was awful and it came across as pompous and boring. For example, the main character orders a wooden bullet (in an attempt to show how tortured the character was, though we don't know why) and he says the names of the trees the wood is to be made from in Latin, quickly. If he was intelligent, he would know he could just state an easy to get hard wood, in English, and enable the man to write it down.
The film seems to be written for Goths who would like a very slow painful story with no real direction or substance. It's like watching a film about two unhappy people (not even the excitement of real depression) just lazing around on a sofa.
There are no redeeming features to this film; and yes, I love arty films and films without action. If you want a vampire film for intellectuals watch "Let the right one in" which is genius. Only lovers left alive would have been a poor school project. Pompous, shallow and dull with no real story. I watched 3/4 of the film and flicked through the rest on fast forward as I felt I had wasted my time. If you like action films with vampires don't watch this. If you like intellectual films with vampires, don't watch this. If you like films without vampires, don't watch this... get my point?
There is excellent footage and well edited interviews with family, lawyers, FBI agents and Angela herself. Angela comes across as an excellent speaker; controlled and factual, and it is no surprise she garnered so much support. The finale is well presented and the film is gripping from start to end. During the time of the civil rights movement in the US, it paints sufficient backdrop to understand the environment in which she was living, but the focus is definitely on her story and her trial.
This film will become an important contribution to material on the civil rights struggle in the US, whilst being easy and accessible to everyone. The personality of the people being interviewed shines through, and throughout a lot of the film I found it both emotional and uplifting. Angela personifies the intellectual struggle to change America.
This is the best African film I have seen, and probably within the top 8 films I have seen in my life.