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You need to be a sci-fi fan, which unfortunately I'm not.
on 9 November 2016
OK. Sci-fi is generally not my thing. One of the reasons why it has taken many years for me to even decide to see this. My general impression and experience of Steven Spielberg is that I find him to be far more in his element, and a far better story-teller, with projects like Schindler's List, Lincoln, Saving Private Ryan or The Color Purple rather than Minority Report or A.I. - Artificial Intelligence (which I couldn't even sit through, after about an hour I just aborted the mission, thought it was absolute rubbish).
The first half I found didn't hold my attention all that well, too many gadgets for my liking, the plot itself quite clumsy, Colin Farrell's character superfluous and unnecessary except for token baddie and red herring.
I persevered, and by the end I wasn't as disappointed. The story brought pasts and futures together well, some twists and turns quite well placed too, so in the end it was a reasonable adventure, but nothing wonderful by any stretch of the imagination. In fact really it's main fault is that it is too much of a stretch of the imagination.
Still, not nearly as awful as A.I. but also not nearly as good as Spielberg's "proper" films. For diehard sci-fi fans only really.