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I May Destroy You
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A few laughs, but too few, and little else to recommend it. Hart and Gad do OK with what they're given. Needed more Olivia Thirlby.
Interesting concept, well made, well acted, and actually really funny for the most part.
But so...many...butthole..references. Just SO many. No non-porn movie needs that many butthole references. Seriously.
My brain hurts, yet my mind is numb. Despite throwing at us all the Terminator stuff it can come up with (with little cohesion or originality) it doesn't feel much like a Terminator movie.
I suppose Sarah is supposed to be different here to how we've seen her before, resembling a mix of Terminator 1 Sarah, Terminator 2 Sarah and Terminator 2 John (Emilia Clarke is OK). But Kyle is nothing like he was in the first film. As written, and as portrayed by Michael Biehn, he was serious, earnest and always swiched on, having been looking over his shoulder for terminators his whole life. Even Anton Yelchin's version in Salvation had those same qualities, and matched Biehn's wiry, hungry, nimble physique. This Kyle, however, is more of a generic cocky action hero type, and has been turned into a beefy, Jai-Courtney-shaped lummox (I can take or leave Courtney usually, but he's simply miscast here). Arnie can play an emotionless machine as well as ever. J Clarke is fine, but I don't like John as written here, or the direction the character takes.
By the by, I find it interesting that, JK Simmons aside, Arnie is the most American person in the primary cast. Sign of the times, I guess.
Anyway, despite the varying quality of instalments in this series, I have to say this is the first one I truly dislike. It's kinda rubbish.
Kind of reminded me of Aussie TV shows Danger 5 and Double the Fist (both of which I love) but it brings enough of its own original ideas to entertain. Could have done with more laseraptors and Barbarianna (maybe in the feature sequel?). Great fun. Love the theme song.
A highly unlikely premise, and the ending is a bit meh, but the performances are pretty good. Stupid title, though.