Hilarious farce as various parties decide to kidnap Anderson, an obnoxious multi-millionaire. The storyline is not unlike some of the Hong Kong comedies in the colonial era: pacy and dependent on colloquialisms. Good entertainment and never pretends to be anything deeper, from the second the cheaply done titles appear.
Not sure how faithful this is to the Biggles stories, but it’s one way to bring the tale kicking and screaming into the 1980s. Interesting premise and it gets WWI dog-ﬁght scenes into a movie, but never entirely endears itself.
I expect a lot from a film based around a Philip K. Dick story, not that Nolfi had that much to work from. The premise of the short story is retained, with Nolfi adding in layers to make the film stretch to a feature length. It works reasonably well, with a clever love story, and the leads are instantly likeable. Wonderful to see Terence Stamp in a supporting role here, and the special effects and location filming are particularly cleverly done. Down side: when you have seen it once, it doesn't hold your attention the second time, and you spend it getting frustrated with Damon's character's plight. At its core, this is a love story with some fantasy thrown in, more than a science-fiction film with a love story tacked on. If you're expecting Philip K. Dick made-you-think cleverness throughout, this isn't the film for you.
An attempt to get back to the Andrew Niccol-style films of old, with another futuristic 'What if?' plot à la Gattaca. It works reasonably well, and Timberlake puts in an excellent performance. Amanda Seyfried is wasted with a character that is one of Niccol's least developed: her own background is lacking, and we find it hard to accept that she would unite with Timberlake so readily as a result. It's not as evenly paced as either Gattaca or Simone, and relies too heavily on the Bonnie-and-Clyde relationship of the two leads-which is probably the weakest part of the story. It's always a pleasure to see any film from New Zealand's most imaginative writer-director, but this was not one of his best.