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Long after paulbeardsley's response, but I want to second that motion. Roger's death is necessary precisely BECAUSE the OP didn't want him to die. It's a bummer for the audience, but it's more importantly a bummer for Stephen, Francine and Peter. It moves the plot along for the characters to lose the most lively and positive spirit among them. Also took a date, here. Personally, despite the (accurate) flaws pointed out by this thread's OP, I still think it's a great film for the exact reasons I thought back then. Never guessed but his voice was very recognizable AFTER I found out. Even the ugnaught's eyes seems like Nolte's (back in the 80's) No I’m sure Calex would’ve been bound by the dare, too But with Olivia and Markie left, there’s no way to force Calex into dare. It’s truth-truth-dare; with three players, they’ll always have the same roles UNLESS Calex willingly accepts a dare (and he’s too smart to do that) Try it - the math makes it impossible Problem is Calex just told a “truth,” so with two human players left, there’d be no way to force Calex into a dare. The math makes it impossible and Calex would be taking active steps to avoid being forced into a dare. Personally that was my biggest problem with the film - the villain was too smart and powerful. With no reasonable way to beat him, the plot just became an exercise in frustration Yeah, Sarah was 18 (based on her ID info). Linda Hamilton herself was 28. I noticed the age problem myself because I actually WAS 18 when I saw T1 in the theaters But thanks, I'd forgotten that T2 was set in "the future," five years after the film was released. That brings Sarah Connor five years closer to Linda Hamilton's age. She (Sarah) looks a bit older than 57, but considering her lifestyle as a fugitive terminator-hunter, it's understandable. John Connor (v.1.0) sends Kyle back because SkyNet sent a terminator back to kill Sarah. I always got the impression they found the time machine warmed up and ready, having just sent back the original CSM-101. But you'd have to be right about not changing the future, because the INSTANT SkyNet sent back a terminator, there'd be no John any longer. So, even more so, the original film represents a closed loop. The original terminator AND Kyle have to both be sent back in time for things to work out the way they did. Personally, I like the way the TV series addressed this, basically confirming that every change creates an alternate timeline. It's messy, but avoids the predestination paradox. Welp, Cameron himself approves it I’m guessing they wanted to sell the notion that mankind will always build an AI of some kind, and there’ll always be someone to step up when we’re at our lowest. Maybe Cameron himself believes the theory that John wasn’t always Kyle’s son, and time travel isn’t a closed loop as the first movie implied. No fate but what we make disagree - Dani *is* Grace's (adoptive) mother, so it's still important T1 - father goes back to save mother T2 - father-figure goes back to save son T3 - daughter-figure goes back to save mother maybe this time, future John's savior was late or got killed by the CSM-101 something like, "if you want to keep your phone in a bag of potato chips, keep it in the bag of potato chips" which I took to mean, she didn't keep it wrapped up all the time (how could she, if she ever wanted to use it), and "Carl" was able to track it during those moments out-of-bag I feel the same way, especially if the original was great. Feels less exploitative when they go in a different direction I did have a friend who saw it with me opening night, though, who was very against it for that same reason Interestingly, we're not friends anymore Good point, but this was a screwball comedy so a lot of the "logic" is driven by what's funniest in a given situation. Also, I think the courtroom scene comes later, when he's learning to "control" his curse somewhat, and not just let the first "truth" that occurs to him come tumbling out of his mouth At this point it's pretty much a matter of opinion I didn't feel a need to see the encounter on Vormir. The Red Skull on Vormir isn't the guy Cap fought in the 1940s (literally a different actor which bummed me out). He's been on Vormir in spectral form for who knows how long. It may not have just been 60 years. The stones may have cast him out through space AND time, stranding him on Vormis for millennia before Thanos. (heck, I myself am not the same person I was when the MCU started with "Iron Man") Either way, it's clear this guy isn't all "hail HYDRA" any longer. He's had lots of time to develop a kind of wisdom himself. I just can't see him picking a fight with Cap, or Cap holding a grudge against him. When Thanos got snapped by Tony, Cap didn't gloat. He looked, if anything, sad for Thanos. I imagine it'd be the same with Red Skull. "Hey. Schmidt, YOU'RE the floating red guy?" "Yes, Steven, son of Sarah, this is what I got for all my Tesseract meddling." "That sucks." "Ja, the first decade was tough but I get used to it. You can just toss the soul stone over the cliff and be on your way." "Thanks." As for why Cap changed his mind about Peggy and peace between "Ultron" and "Endgame," he's had more than ten years to change his mind, during which LOT happened. Five years of group therapy alone might explain his change of heart. In particular, he saw what Tony gained and lost. He might even have discussed the matter with Bucky, who'd 100% support Cap living a peaceful life with Peggy. It's another judgment call, in other words. Hey ... maybe Red Skull talked him into it. "See what a life of fighting has gotten me? Screw the stones and screw the wars ... just go live a normal life, Rogers. I sure as heck can't." Meantime, I remain in the M&M-camp. If Steve lived out his life, he lived it out in the timeline we've been watching. Otherwise, he'd be stealing Peggy from the Steve Rogers of that alternate timeline, and that feels VERY much unlike him. MORE unlike him that staying out of history's way, especially since he knows, if he doesn't interfere, things will work out and the branches will remain "trimmed." She was actually in the front lines, running into battle and screaming along with the others after the "Avengers ... assemble" war cry. It's kind of hilarious - even running and screaming, she looks awkward. Which kind of makes it more awesome that she's so fearless. And yes, during the "you get the little one" scene, she not only puts a gorilla-thing to sleep, but gives is a little kick to make sure before running off. She's pretty valuable in battle. oordaniel has it exactly right - the commentary spells it out Alonzo wants to become a Wise Man himself, and have lunch over wine while giving out orders to others More than that, he hopes that Jake might be corruptible, so he can leave his own domain under Jake's control and advance to "wise man" status. He sees potential in Jake that he never saw in the rest of his team. Side Note: The Pacific Dining Car added a "baseball steak" to its menu in honor of this film. It was the first movie ever filmed in there, and Fuqua arranged it by just sitting down with the owner in the restaurant over baseball steaks. Bigger dick move would be to steal Peggy from that version's Cap. Which he did, if we accept the Russos' explanation (alternate timeline). Which is why I hew towards M&M's explanation (same timeline, very low profile). Either way, he's had decades to arrange a new shield through SHIELD and/or Wakanda. The only thing my second-graders thought was creepy was the close-up of Maleficent's back, showing her "feather stubble" They did kinda look like blackheads, I'll concede Also good points ... like I said, the writers left themselves a lot of workable options. Keeps things unpredictable yet satisfying He's an anti-hero, like Darth Vader or Hannibal Lecter who also did some really terrible things But you actually raise an interesting point: if Elias ever figured out how Harold's machine actually worked, he could probably have "gamed the system" by only injuring, maiming and/or crippling his enemies. I don't think Elias ever realized that Harold and John were only "attracted" to murders.