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The Illusionist (2006)
An Idea Without an Execution
This movie was trying so hard to be eye opening and dramatic, and in that effort all they managed to do was make me wish I had never started.
In this day of computer generated graphics, making it look like Edward Norton is doing magic is about as difficult as making yourself look bad hitting on your cousin.
The magic is supposed to question reality and make the viewer reflect, but instead, is so fantastic that the viewer cant possibly believe it is being produced by Edward Norton. Instead it causes you to focus on reality itself and the computer generated graphics which make up the ENTIRE magic trick.
Maybe in the 1980's this movie would have moved an audience and evoked emotion. But instead it was a lame attempt at a clever movie. It was all hot air and no substance.
Final word: The worst movie Edward Norton has ever been in.
Generally a pretty decent movie.
The movie itself is rather well shot. Very clean, and very stylistic while at the same time not really being distracting. The plot is less than flawless (what plot is) but it still seems to make one pretty anxious. Jody Foster has definitely found a knack for acting emotionally ravaged, so casting was well done. To be honest I can't even remember if it had a sound track though, so take that as you will.
Other notes: The flight attendant who checks avionics is kind of cute, the captain was made for his role, and last but not least, Jody Foster never thanked/apologized to the very last person she makes contact with in the movie (hands her purse to her), for some reason this really bothered me.
So there you go, Final verdict: Ya, this was a pretty entertaining movie, and movies being a form of entertainment, stands to reason that this is a pretty good movie. Not exactly a classic though.
A fine movie idea poorly executed.
I'd say overall the movie is OK. It is interesting seeing Bob Moog just walking around and speaking (kind of one of those mythologically huge names that you don't suspect ever actually lived).
With that said, I feel this movie could have been greatly improved. They only briefly touched on things such as Switched On Bach, and spent little time on anything outside of live performance. Furthermore, the guest appearances are all pretty small. Not so much as appearances as they are brief sightings (with the exception of Berrnie Worrel and Rick Wakeman who actually are "interviewed").
Basically this movie is Bob Moog waxing philosophical for an hour over a weak new age soundtrack. I wish there would have been more about the synths and less about Moog himself. I would also liked to have seen exclusives such as people playing rare synths etc. Also, there was no narrator, which I feel was greatly needed. With a narrator they would have been able to take some pressure off of Bob's dialog.
Final verdict: If you want raunchy godlike riffs and exclusive footage, don't watch. If you want to know a little more about the man behind the raunchy godlike riffs, watch it. I just wish better filmmakers had been given this project.
A Robot cop breaks loose from unsuspecting scientific rulers, hell bent and half programmed the robot cop goes on an unstoppable, technologically advanced killing spree.
This movie is hot. It is of poor quality and high entertainment. If you merely want to kick back and watch some good unadulterated nonsense this is your picture, if you are trying to expand your mind and learn more about the world of robotics, than watch Short Circuit, R.O.T.O.R is much too technical for you.
Final word: big guns, motorcycle riding lunatic robot cops, poor voice overs and shallow character depth render this movie highly potent and watchable (maybe not RE-watchable, but you should subject yourself to it at least once in your life).
An action movie of superb cheese factor. If you've been recently let down by "Shotgun" (1989), than do yourself a favor and refresh your pallet with what good inane action is supposed to be all about...watch R.O.T.O.R