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I May Destroy You
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As far as Netflix movies go, it's a serviceable film, much better than most low-budget sci-fi movies. Unfortunately an original and cerebral sci-fi story that doesn't have much of a payoff. The film has a suspense that builds and builds through Act 1 and 2 but ultimately falls flat in the end. I will give it credit for doing something different so that alone is worth the watch. But be prepared to have that "so that's it?" moment in the end. Very anti-climactic. I am still wondering what the point was of Hilary Swank's character. Her character is wasted in the end. I can only guess the film-maker wanted to do something unpredictable and different but unfortunately it felt more like a nothing ending that wraps everything up just for the sake of wrapping it up. I would give the film a B.
Good action scenes, some of the best I have seen in a while. I was into the movie. But definitely felt like a retcon. The plot choices left me a little put off. I would've rather seen the next chapter of Sarah Connor but we didn't get that. A terminator growing old, growing a conscience, raising a family and selling drapes? That was dumb. And what happens at the beginning of the film pretty much erases all of the sacrifice of T2 and renders it a pointless film. At the end of the day it felt like any other Terminator movie and not much different. Same old beats. But it's a good popcorn flick and a serviceable movie in the franchise. I doubt we'll ever get that actual third chapter that we've been wanting. I think it's just time to stop making Terminator movies, or re-imagine and reboot the whole thing.
Yeah....uhhh....no. Really can't think of anything to say other than that.
Considering it was very low budget, it holds it's own. I found it very thoughtful and stylish and proves that sometimes less is more in a good movie. The film does rely on a lot of long takes and exposition. People with short attention spans probably will not enjoy this movie much.
Pros: Original idea. That's it.
Cons: The movie doesn't pull it off. It doesn't sell it and feels contrived and predictable. Pacing is slow, boring, and depressing. If I had to pick one word to describe the entire plot is "obvious". The entire execution of this film is obvious what the director is trying to do. The best way I can describe it is that the director seems to try a lot of well-known "director tricks" to tell this story, but you can see through what he is trying, so that makes everything obvious, predictable, and unbelievable. Like "let me have a character give a hint that he did something bad to the other character by some vague reference." Stuff like that through the whole movie. Obvious directing style tricks where Aleem Hossain seemed to pick from a menu of things he learned in film school, but nothing very original and creative. And the whole camera shaking, documentary style of shooting - please folks this style is over 20 years old and is tired and annoying. Character decisions are vague and make no sense. Story feels as if the twists and turns are manufactured, obvious and not believable. The movie tries so hard to give you back story with vague exposition that makes you want to guess through the whole movie with a reveal at the end. But that technique comes off as too obvious of what they are attempting and frankly annoying to the point I just wanted to turn it off. And the ending when you think the payoff will happen makes no sense and is lazy. Spoiler: There is no payoff. Lazy, lazy, lazy writing and leaves the viewer feeling offended for spending (not even) an hour and half to watch this. Whoever wrote this story is obviously miserable. A complete and utter waste of time. Director Aleem Hossain - please stop making movies immediately. This was a major stinker. What a piece of shit. Thank God I didn't pay to see this movie.