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Yes there are overplayed tropes and campy jump scares. However, there are also deeply satisfying questions presented, and troubling conclusions made, that left the theater with me, and for which I am still feeding on and playing with in my mind. Fallen Kingdom plays it safe in some ways, and boldly expands the franchise in other ways. ultimately it was an enjoyable film and I am glad they made it.
Sort of a modern day Blair Witch project, worked on some levels, but not on others. I found that the filmmakers experiment, with using laptops, skype, facebook, and all other forms of social media, as the story telling mechanics for this film, interesting and familiar, but it was problematic. There were lots of uncomfortable pauses, waiting to see who would react to what, which might be realistic to a degree, but certainly not dramatic nor compelling. Also, the missing emotional push of a score was lacking. Lazy filmmaking choices. Throw in some other devices, some exterior shots, some other character perspectives. Living within the skype universe for 2 hours, was exhausting. And seriously...these hve to be the stupidest millenials you can think of. They are so wired in, that they don't use cell phones, or land lines, or hell, just open your window and scream help...The best idea, was to go on chat roulette, and ask for help? Flawed,. The idea, itself, was not a bad one. Just executed more for style, then for substance.
Backcountry had its moments, but it also had some issues. The 'based on a true story' designation, is kind of disengenuous as the actual people and facts in the real events look nothing like what transpired other then that there was a bear attack. Some of the plotline set ups were pretty contrived, although I did like the idea that a bloody sock hanging up to dry, ultimately attracks our rogue killer bear, and that our victims are really products of their own foolish choices. Best scene, involved the acting and encounter with Eric Balflour. So, its an okay late at night on Netflix watch, but, if you want to watch an AWESOME scary indie based on a true story thriller..rent OPEN WATERS.
Very, very cool first person sci fi, chronicling the story of Andrew, a social high school outcast, with a passion for film-making, stumbles upon an alien, or something, technology which once touched, transforms our team to real-time superheroes. Andrew, follows this journey to its unfortunate, and logical conclusion. If you are a fan of Marvel Comics, Superheroes, and perhaps the Blair Witch Project...You need to see this film. I was somewhat amazed, that it was made with only a budget of 12 million. Kind of an amazing sequence of events shot out and around Seattle, well, kind of impressive that it was done with limited resources. Shout out therefore goes to director Josh Trank. Fun movie, worth watching. On Demand right now through FX.
Jurassic World, in my view, was a success on multiple fronts, beyond being the top 3rd film grossing of all time... For me, it boils down to choices, and in this case, I think JW held true to the original Crichton vision. Bryce Dallas Howard proves that Ronny has the genes to carry on, with Chris Pratt lending his flare for savvy, and a romance worth watching, and the extension from park to World, gives us fans an imagination of what it would be like to see Disneyland go wrong. What if Mickey and Donald, decided to go rogue, and kill it's guests. Rather than shower them with magic, what if we were showered with horror? That, brought to us, with some degree of humor and tact, brings Jurassic Park, to its next logical conclusion. Jurassic World. Corporate greed is behind it all, and the script makes no apologies for the obvious. So, story wise, I buy it, and agree this is the next logical conclusion to what would happen, if playing God with nature were to come to its logical, capitalistic end. Carrying forward, we can certainly look forward to more stories to be told, and I would imagine militarization, and the idea of open sourced technology would bring us to a world beyond an amusement park. This would be the anticipated tales of a sequel 2 and 3.