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Not for the fainthearted Good but not as much as original Incredible... Glad to know that Norma and Big Ed finally found happiness... Brilliant movie that covers the spectrum of Western movies... Intriguing concept Question... think I missed something... Series over? Better than I expected it to be... Just watched on Netflix... View all posts >


Oh man... those are ancient days. As a kid and teen I loved going to the local drive-in. Fond memories of Friday Night Fright Nights, and double-feature Sean Connery James Bond flicks, the Sergio Leone westerns... I live in BC Canada. There are still a couple of drive-ins left here. Last summer my wife and I made a special side trip to check one out as we were returning from a US road trip. The concession stand, the old-school ads for it that ran during the intermission... all that was missing was the big bulky speakers that you used to hang off the window since it is now all broadcast via the radio. Did you ever get mosquitoes coming in through the gap in the window due to the speaker? And, if you did, you probably remember those green mosquito coils that you would light up on the dash... Good times... i. Cast was awful. There was zero chemistry between the leads. Emilia Clarke looks like a high school kid and was just so perky -- and Sarah Conner is not a perky character. She's a grim warrior. This came out when they were trying to make Jai Courtney the next Big Thing. The kindest thing that can be said of him is that he's mediocre and lacks any charisma. Asian Terminator? I had to go back to IMDB to look up the character/actor he was such a blank presence. Even Arnold seemed bored and uninspired by it all. ii. I can hardly remember the plot, it was so forgettable. I remember it being a mashup of familiar plots and tag lines from previous movies... a lazy way to appeal to fans. Is this the one where Skynet was some sort of child-like cloud thingy? Cuz that was stupid. Even the plot 'twist' -- John Connor is a Terminator -- wasn't that big a deal. That was originally going to be the plot twist of Salvation before the Internet leaked that detail, forcing the writers/producers to change the script for that movie. iii. The directing must have been mundane too... if you paid me I couldn't describe one single action sequence. Cameron must have been gnashing his teeth til he could re-gain control of his product. That was the original 1958 version. There are boatloads of videos of him flat out lying, but his fanatics continue to cheerfully ignore all that. I don't even know why he bothers with his rallies. He could just show up and tell them, "Hey all you trained monkeys, remember to vote for me in 2020. I gotta go now ... tee-off is in a couple of hours. See ya' chumps!" They would still all wave and cheer him on, but at least he'd save everyone's time. Mike and the Mechanics / The Living Years [url][/url] Zac Brown Band / My Old Man [url][/url] Probably because both are about the relationships between fathers and sons... I never had a great relationship with my father and I kinda f**ked up with one of my own sons. Not quite the same thing but many of Hans Zimmer's mournful soundtracks make me weepy... The Thin Red Line [url][/url] The Last Samurai--A Small Measure of Piece [url][/url] "The problem with making superheroes work in the real world, us they actually don't work that well in the real world." It's for this reason that my favourite cinematic comic heroes are Batman, Daredevil, Punisher, etc. They are essentially just human beings with costumes and superior skills. Nothing 'super' about them per se. They are realistic (or as realistic as you can get in a Hollywood movie) and face human scale moral dilemmas. I enjoy the spectacle of big budget superhero movies, but they don't engage me as much for the reason you state above. Superheroes such as Thor, Superman, Hulk, etc are a conundrum. When you're a god living among mere humans, why would you even care about their puny problems? You might live among them out of a sense of curiosity and amusement, but their day-to-day issues would be of little concern to you. Think of what happened when Europeans overran North America. They didn't feel any empathy or obligation to the local natives. The only time they gave them any consideration was when they were troublesome in which case they are exterminated, or imprisoned. Now multiply that situation 1000 fold when it comes to superheroes. In this movie, Shyalaman seemed like he was trying to have it both ways. Small scale heroes but posing a world threat a la Superman and company. It resulted in a very schizophrenic movie. Yes, I would assume so. The whole concept behind this movie wasn't very well thought out. If supers are in hiding/keeping a low profile or otherwise making themselves scarce, then they are hardly a threat are they? Kind of like ebola, they are never truly eradicated, but they aren't worth worrying about until they reveal themselves. Even when they reveal themselves, it's hardly a big deal. After nineteen years, David Dunn's superhero modus operandi is to go out every few days for a walk, follow street level thugs and rough them up (kill them?)? The Horde kidnap a few girls periodically? More kids are killed in mass shootings than this every week. As portrayed in these movies, supers are hardly the existential threat to humanity that the secret society seems to think they are. I think Watchmen and The Incredibles did much better jobs of exploring this theme than this lame movie. iv. Inconsistent / illogical. The Beast looks terrifying, but when we see him in action, he's pretty underwhelming. He throws a table early on. Thirty seconds of squeezing a guy to death? The guy gets a constipated look, grunts and finally just dies. Boring. A punch to the back of the head, or even crushing his head would have been more efficient. Strictly from a directing pov it would have looked more dramatic and indicative of his power. The final battle between Dunn and the Beast is mostly just a pushing match, akin to two drunk guys outside the bar at 2 in the morning. Again, underwhelming. I wasn't expecting Marvel or DC levels of destruction and mayhem, but some creativity or imagination was needed here to portray these guys as truly super-powered and a genuine threat to humanity. The how's and why's of David Dunn's 'kryptonite' -- water -- have always been a little fuzzy. If water contact itself leaves him weaker than human, then how did he grow up showering and bathing and not wondering about this condition? If it's the fear of water and/or drowning that leaves him weaker than human, then once he's out of the situation, he should recover quickly. In the original Unbreakable, he nearly dies in the swimming pool, but once he makes it to the edge and climbs out, he's immediately fine. Here he's strong enough to break out of a tank while submerged, but THEN can't muster enough strength to not get dragged over to a puddle and drowned? Hmmmm... I'm not buying that. Saw it last night and was super-unimpressed. Disappointing after the promise of Split... i. Pacing The pacing was glacial even by the standards of Shyamalan. We're talking 'The Happening' levels of stupifying inaction. Action isn't Shyamalan's thing, but most of his movies show that he has a skill for generating suspense. Not a hint of it here. ii. The premise. IIRC from Unbreakable, super-powered people are rare enough that Glass had to concoct an elaborate plan -- the train wreck -- to reveal David Dunn. Now, we learn that they are common enough that a whole secret society exists to exterminate them? So, are they common or not? If they are common, then the leaked Internet video at the end shouldn't come as a surprise to the world at large. If they aren't common, then why does this secret society exist and/or how do they identify these supers? iii. Lame twisty ending. Assuming that super-powered people aren't that common, or are mostly unknown, Glass' ultimate plan still wouldn't have nearly the impact that the dramatic train station scene and swelling music would suggest. This is the age of the Internet where a couple of kids at home can generate and post a realistic video clip of giant eagles snatching babies from parks, space shuttles landing on highways in the middle of major cities, etc. A video clip of a couple of guys pushing each other around, or turning over a car isn't going to get much traction. Most people would dismiss it as fake, if they even paid any attention to it at all. I'd probably wouldn't even give the youtube thumbnail more than a glance. Not sure what you're smoking... but I wish I could get my hands on some . View all replies >