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What a God-awful mess of a movie. It was idiotic, morose, and pointless. I've walked out of two movies in my life. This was the third. Here are some questions:
1. Why the f*** do you have to do psychological tests every 10 minutes?
2. When they tell him his father is alive, after not hearing from him in 16 years, Pitt has no questions, no emotions about it. Wouldn't anyone be like, "What? How? Where?"
3. What technology could send powerful cosmic rays from Neptune that A) Hit the earth at all, B) Be powerful enough to do anything?
4. Why do they think that Pitt's dad is responsible if they haven't heard from him in 16 years.
5. Why does Pitt have to go to Mars to send a message? Why can't he record it on Earth, transmit it to Mars and have them send it on to Neptune?
6. Why is the Moon a lawless place? There is seemingly a Space Command - a military that should be able to control some mining companies and pirates.
7. Why do you have to fly to the moon first? Why not go straight to Mars?
8. Why, once you're on the Moon, do you have to travel to the dark side to get to your rocket? Why didn't they land there to begin with?
9. Why, assuming advanced technology and rocketry, would you have to take a lunar rover to the other side of the moon? Seems like it'd be a very long drive.
10. Given the danger of pirates and whatnot, how were they so unprepared for the ambush? Presumably they are an experienced military with backup, overwatch, enough firepower to fend off the dangerous pirates.
11. Why, if they can't fly to the other side of the moon, don't they have roads, and why don't they have hardened military vehicles, not open lunar rovers? They were woefully unprepared for the simplest of ambushes.
12. Why was Donald Sutherland in the movie?
13. Regarding the trip from the Moon to Mars: When one flies to another planet, one uses rockets or some other propulsion to accelerate to the speed desired or technology permits. Once the propulsion is accomplished, you just coast the rest of the way. Given that, you don't stop along the way to answer a mayday. You wouldn't carry enough fuel to restart your journey to Mars. So you just don't stop.
14. Why didn't they dock with the space station? Why did they have float across to it? Seems needlessly dangerous and time consuming. We have had docking technology since the 1970s.
15. WTF happened on the space station? A wild baboon gnawed the face off of the captain. How exactly did that happen? Ambushed by a crazed baboon? Come on. Where is everyone else? Did this baboon kill everyone? If so, where are their remains? It's just too stupid and implausible.
16. So this experienced astronaut uses duct tape to seal the helmet of the captain. Sure. Duct tape. How about finding another helmet? How about checking for a pulse first?
17. Why is there a sound chamber on Mars? Are they doing anechoic testing there? Why couldn't he just transmit his message in a normal room?
18. Neptune is over 4 light hours away from Mars. So any message would take 4 hours to get there and the response would take 4 hours to get back. So how do they get a response from Neptune in a few moments?
19. This is where I walked out. The stupid, implausible, pointless, melancholic excuse for a movie was too much for me. What a waste of time.
Just dumb. Spoiler alert! Some mysterious shimmering area is growing from where a meteor or something crash lands on earth. It's gobbling up more and more area. No one knows what's going on inside it because everyone they sent in didn't come out again. Here are the dumb parts:
1. The organization investigating it isn't led by anyone from the government or the military. It is led by a psychologist. Why on earth would they need professional psychologist leading the investigation of some extraterrestrial phenomenon.
2. Over three years some number of teams were sent in and none came out. Did no one think to tie a rope to someone (like in Stranger Things), let them go in for an hour take some samples and come back out?
3. Or how about sending in some robots or drones to take samples.
4. Apparently everyone who went in did so without any protective clothing. They have no idea what sort of air, or alien microbes might be present. For all they know the air could be acid or something. No matter, they all go in wearing fatigues and that's it.
5. Natalie Portman is allowed to join an expedition into the shimmering area. No one has ever come out. But the A-Team they send in there consists of: A psychologist, a paramedic, a geo-scientist, a physicist, and a biologist - Portman's character who was an afterthought to the team.. None have any military training except Portman's character. Yet they are going in to an unknown, probably deadly, certainly dangerous situation and they are all armed with military rifles. As far as we know - and will see later on - they don't really know how to use them or have little to no training handling their weapons.
6. Once they are inside the shimmering area they don't seem to be taking their jobs very seriously or really doing anything at all except walk around. Only Portman occasionally takes a sample of something. No one is taking pictures, no one is writing anything down, no one is logging their journey. It doesn't seem like they are are trying to figure out what's going on. So why are they there? To find the others who went in?
To puzzle out the source of the weird stuff that's happening in the area? We don't really know.
7. The first scene in the shimmering area shows them all waking up in their tents five days after entering the area and none of them has any memory of the previous days. They know they ate and set up camp, but they all have complete amnesia from when they walked through the boundary. Why didn't they check the pictures they should have been taking? Why didn't they look at the daily report they should have been writing?
8. It becomes immediately obvious that when faced with a dangerous and unknown situation you need the sort of discipline, training, and organization that the military provides. You need hard, trained, people who can take orders led by a smart competent leader that has specific mission objectives. They need to be strong, resilient and ready. What this team had was a some PhDs and a paramedic. The first dangerous beast they encounter nearly kills them because they are bad shots - except for Portman who finally puts the beast down. But again, they hadn't planned to take her - she was a last minute add on.
9. The final scenes where the alien seems to kill itself makes no sense at all. Why did it go through all the trouble to come there, create the shimmering area in which it is re-sequencing genes such that animals and plants are being radically transmogrified into weird and beautiful monsters only to burn it all to the ground for no explicable reason.
10. Super spoiler alert! In the final twist, we find out that both the main characters have actually been taken over by the alien(s). No big surprise there. The thing is, why create the shimmering area for three years when they could have simply landed on earth, taken a few drops of someone's blood and shazam! body snatched them. Didn't make any sense to me.
The critics are idiots. This was a pretty good film. Crazy mashup of a fantasy, cop drama, buddy movie rolled into one and it kinda works.
This movie completely terrified me as a kid. I saw it at the theater (the Lyceum for those in Cleveland who remember it) with my dad and I was way to young for such a frightening film. The face on the woman in the first story still haunts me.
I'm probably in the minority but I didn't care of for this film much. A little ponderous and dense for me. Not terribly exciting either.