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Any film that features such spectacular destuction sequences of our beloved cities and planet is hardly going to have an interesting storyline or plot development. Films made by the RolandEemmerich production house have great big special effects, but rather shitty story lines and weak characters. This was true for this film, even though it featured some quality perfomers. The special effects really kept this film entertaining.
Excellent performances and rich characters did not detract from my feeling that the inspiring of hate toward the low lifes was contrived. Other elements of the plot were a little predicatable too. A courtroom drama, but a good one nonetheless.
This film is excellent not only for the unique storyline but the choices that were made throughout. I guess you could argue that for any good film, but the director took such unexpected routes that ultimately made for entertainment AND much thought provoking afterwards.
There is some evidence that solar flares affect micro waves. Recent solar flare activity did have an influence on earth so the premise is chilling. I like how that premise was not really revelaed / articulated until later in the film, even though my "writer's sense" kicked in right at the beginning when he was using the planets to demonstrate his theories of random vs. design (yes sorry Kitten, I was already wondering at that stage if the film was going to have something to do with the sun).
Ben Mendhelson reminds me of a chick I used to work with in a cafe, and Nick Cage of my friend Don.
Jason Statham is babelicious but that is probably all that works in this film; it felt a little low bidget and unbelievable - I recall the original being much more exciting. It was meant to be the future - why didn't the cars look super futuristic, souped up and cool? The woman playing Hennesy played her well but it still didn't help save the movie.
A well told story with some surprising twists; the sci fi element is almost downplayed against the racial message and military evil themes. The sci fi and CGI that we see is first class, and the entire package made for a great film. Definitely one of my faves this year if not for good.