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Skip the first 30 minutes of the movie


The movie is out on DVD here in Germany.

Don't expect something special. The first 30 minutes are just a waste of time. You see some people doing things, waiting for Christmas Eve, until finally desaster strikes. The rest of the movie is "nice" and well produced.

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Such ill advice. It's called character development. If you skip that why should you care for any of the characters? This isn't just an action movie.

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hey Die Hard 1 did their character development during, not before the action and the movie did just fine. That movie is action from start to finish.. I think you have 2-3 minutes at the start where nothing happens then it does just doesn't stop.

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It's not Die Hard 1 though.

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That applies to SO many movies though..

Transformers 1 and 2 - you could easily skip the first 20-30 mins of each (I'd like to rip that annoying mothers nipples off - that'd give her something to wail about!).

Pearl Harbour - good fighting scenes in the second half = again, happily remove the first 30 mins..

And so on.. there are LOTS of movies that could do with some serious thought over the boring script 1st 20 minutes!

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there are LOTS of movies that could do with some serious thought over the boring script 1st 20 minutes


I just wrote the exact same thing, brother.

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Yes.. we agree with each other.

Saying so in the text is just a way of not having a blank form or "N/T" here.



Some movies use the first 20 minutes as proper character set-up or action intro - some use it to establish that someone is a spy or a undercover cop or whatever.

The ones I hate just seem to waste it on fake-funny or slow-slow "nothing happening here, move along now" rubbish.

Some of these have a story or a promise that overrides my desire to switch off - a promise of a spooky horror story or a decent story after the bumf is out of the way.

But then you get these ones - you can barely survive the desire to slash your wrists rather than continue watching..

And I think about the many good movie beginnings (regardless of how good the overall movie is), and I wonder who read the script and thought "yep, that's the right start"..

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This kind of mentality is so common with American audiences, I was surprised the originator of this conversation was German. For anyone wanting to listen to the advice of people who obviously couldn't care less about watching a movie unless something is exploding or someone is getting butchered - in other words, for the fairly mindless masses, as opposed to people wanting something more from a film (i.e. character, story, brains, emotional content) - then, by all means, skip this film. So many "big" American films have been dumbed down for similarly-minded audiences; if you enjoy that, cool, but some of us want something more from films we watch. Some of us like our brain or emotions engaged, instead of mindlessly staring up at the screen, in awe of the visuals.

Jeez.

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I had some problems with the first 30 minutes as well but not because it was slow, it was more the romcom vibes that I thought were not all that well executed. But I am glad we got to meet the characters, at least a bit, until things begin to go very wrong. It helps one relate to them and root for their survival, turns a disaster movie into a human tragedy which is arguably what Korean cinema does best.

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Skip the first 30 minutes of the movie. I was just coming here to post the EXACT SAME THING.

I learned a long time ago to skip the first 20 minutes of most (but not all) movies, and this was an obvious one.



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I actually disagree greatly. The characters are well developed and the tension created in the first 30 minutes is fantastic because you are meeting all these people, some of which are good and some of which are bad. You know that something bad is going to happen when they are talking about the sprinklers not working above certain floors and the updraft at the top of the building. You already know it's a disaster movie, so you know something is coming. At the same time, the beginning of the film introduces us to the massive cast of characters and really paints a good picture of why we are going to care about them. But I guess if good acting and character development aren't really your thing, feel free to skip the first 30 minutes.

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Bad advice, that would apply to any movie. Or any disaster movie.

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I disagree. The first thirty minutes are crucial to establishing the characters so the viewer can care about what happens to them. It's this human element that gives this movie its heart and impact.

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I agree - these posts that claim to skip the first 20 minutes of ANY movie are idiots. They are exactly what is wrong with most audiences today - ADD video game addicts who must have everything move, cut, cut, cut, no time to stop and HUMANIZE anything. Well, guess what - storytelling can still matter and character development IS important. But with comments like that is it any wonder that most Hollywood fare is all action and no story?

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yeh i wouldnt skip first 20-30 mins the characters are actually good and not boring and there some funny seens
the movie as a whole though is just awesome
btw ive notice a lot of reviewers give the movie a 1 dont listen to them they are just trolling no way a movie this good deserves a 1

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For me the first 30 minutes where the only great thing in the movie. How it all could go wrong is perfectly explained. Then it just becomes a shaky-cam B-movie. And I don't even know who lived or died. They all wear similar suits and have the same hair colors.

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