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Another SciFi par-flop,
This review is from: Primer [DVD] (DVD)
Decent science fiction movies are hen's teeth. Indeed, I can't recall a good one beyond the pre-scripted nonsense of Star Wars and Star Trek moviedom. There is something about the visual medium that falls well short of the power of the written word.
This movie is one of the weakest I have seen recently, despite excellent acting and directing. Was it merely poorly edited? Probably not, as poor SciFi is the norm. The emergence of the plot is painstakingly slow for the first 30 minutes. Then things begin to happen; confusingly. The confusion continues until the movie ends.
At no time is it clear what is actually going on. The one bit of real SciFi is that the machine causes an effect explained by Maths/Physics. I'll not give the plot away. What happens that is so terrible near the end? There are implications of decisions made, but these are left around the cutting room floor (I assume.)
The basic premise becomes strong, but the movie kinda bumps along, occasionally accidentally colliding with the plot. The end looks like a tag-on. It just doesn't work. So much just stands out as a series of images, but they come from and lead nowhere. it is a remarkably short movie at 74 minutes - too short? - no, I think not, or the wandering first half hour wouldn't be there.
Science Fiction books and graphic novels are often excellent. Words have, as the old saying goes, the best pictures. Imagery just doesn't interpret in the brain in the same way. Perhaps, I begin to suspect, we'll never have a great, wow! SciFi movie. this certainly isn't one. Even if its not for trying very hard.
But, watch it and make your own mind up.
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Initial post: 30 Aug 2013 10:41:00 BDT
D. J. Davenport says:
If you're disillusioned with SciFi films, you might try 'Moon' directed by Duncan Jones. It is a good story and quite low budget with mostly non-cgi moon scenes.
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