This movie has an interesting premise, a pill that gives people a power unique to them for 5 minutes. That's a great place to start writing a screenplay, unfortunately it immediately goes off the rails from there. Some shady organization (Totally cliche btw) is handing out these pills for free to drug dealers so that they can do a clinical trial on all the people who take it?? How are they collecting their data? What value does that data even have? They never explain any of that.
And what's up with the guy early on who's power is that he goes up in flames, scarring himself and burning up his surroundings, yet he has a stash of pills and keeps taking them? Who in their right mind would take that pill if they know they're just going to get more burned/scarred? Think about that. I would personally rather just get arrested.
The three leads were all good but the female villains were totally unconvincing, especially the foreign politician lady. And what the hell does she want all the pills for? How exactly is that going to help her take control of her country? Huh?
And why was it so easy for Jamie Foxx get to into that ultra secret demo of the power pill, the one where the young woman basically freezes to death? Gee, that's a great power to have. Or maybe the point of the demo was that this would make a good bioweapon to infect people with? So much just didn't make sense in this turd.
Finally, the final act mostly happens on a slow movie cargo ship. Could there be a more boring location for a climax?
I remembering thinking this movie was funny the first time I saw it all those years ago but after seeing it again countless times over the years while flipping through the tv channels I now realize what a classic it is. There are soooo many funny scenes and gags in there. Randy Watson? Holy moly that was some funny sh*t. Great movie, can't wait for the sequel!
Two and half stars is all I can muster for this one. Lots of the early dialogue has nothing to do with the plot, it's just dialogue to fill the time. Watch Back to the Future and notice that virtually everything said or done in the first act has meaning later on. Not the case with this movie unfortunately. I kept waiting for a big payoff but it never came.
I LOVED Dave's first special, really liked his second, and only made it about 30 minutes into Sticks and Stones. Starting his show with an unfunny joke about suicide was just plain stupid to do. (Louis CK did the same thing for his last special) Then the jokes about LGBTQ folks was just plain mean spirited and particularly irresponsible considering trans folks are getting killed out there just for being trans, meanwhile Dave is making fun of them. Lame Dave. Go back to creating the brilliant material found in your earlier specials.
Unfortunately this movie was filmed using that crappy handheld camera style where everything is constantly wobbling around. I made it about 15 minutes into the movie before I started getting motion sick. Thanks again Hollywood for ruining what's probably a perfectly good movie with this terrible shooting style.
The main actress did a good job with the screenplay she had to work with (And yes, she's hot and would make an amazing web cam gal, not that I watch that stuff) but things didn't always make sense. Once she realized she had a double, and then her mom found out she was in this line of work, any normal person would immediately tell her about the double. In fact she'd tell EVERYBODY. Yes, she told a couple of her webcam friends but their reaction didn't make sense either. They kind of shrugged it off. And the cops? This is the kind of thing you would go to the FBI about, or at least a police detective. The resolution wan't terribly satisfying either. How did she know smashing her face would make the double smash her face too? Anyway, it was good premise but the execution needed some work for sure.
Not sure why this is all caps. Anyway, I stumbled onto this special and was surprised how good it was. I'd never heard of Tom Segura before. I like his understated delivery. No yelling, no spazzing out. Just solid material.
It was filmed with that cheap and distracting shaky "handycam" style of filmmaking. I felt motion sick after ten minutes and walked out and got a refund. When is Hollywood going to stop filming with this terrible style?
Seemed like a good set up for a series. If I'd seen in a theatre I'd give it a lower rating, but as a Netflix movie (pilot?) I liked it. Spoiler alert: Why did Will Smith leave the burning building without the wand? They'd been coveting it for nearly the entire movie. And I was pretty sure Will Smith was Bright from the very beginning when that hairy dude in the back of the cop car said he was blessed. I have a bunch of other questions but how much energy do I want to put into these reviews on RT? I have no idea how many people read them or if they find them valuable.
Wow, there's a lot of hate in some of these reviews. Yes, I totally get it, this movie was a mixed bag for sure. But I liked it more than the Force Awakens believe it or not. That movie felt like a simple remake to me with almost no surprises. Anyway, here's a list of things I liked, and things I didn't like or had questions about. Lots of SPOILERS here, you've been warned.
This is more a review for people who've already seen it. Here we go...
I liked that Ben Solo killed Snoke and then told Rey to let the old die (Snoke/Luke) and that they could lead together. This was a darkly romantic move, and probably the best twist in the movie. For a moment it seemed like he was killing Snoke because he was tempted by the light side of the force. Nope, he wanted all the power to himself, AND have a partner in crime. I'm pretty sure he's the first dark side of the force villain who seems interested in women.
I liked Snoke as a villain. I only wish we knew more about him or where he came from.
Mark Hamill did his best acting ever in this one. Carry Fisher was great too, WAY better than she was in Force Awakens.
Those snow foxes at the end were cool looking.
There were a lot of bad ass female characters. This is a good thing.
Didn't like/ have questions:
The telephone joke at the beginning went on way too long. It made the empire leader look like a buffoon. These empire leaders are supposed to be evil and cold, like Nazis. It makes every subsequent scene he's in feel way less dangerous. He's basically a human punching bag in this movie and by the end it gets really old.
Why didn't Poe tell Holdo his plan right away? Or at least as soon as Finn and the girl left to the gambling planet? It was actually a good plan and the only hope they really had, as far as he knew.
Speaking of Holdo...she stayed behind to pilot the ship? Then why the hell was she lingering on the dock after her casual and non-rushed goodbye to Leia? The ship was flying fine without her wasn't it? Remember she still didn't have her 'light speed into the enemy' plan at that point. And oh yeah, the empire didn't realize they were all abandoning ship and heading for that fortified base on that planet UNTIL Benecio del Toro TOLD THEM??? Are you kidding me?! (What was up with that stuttering anyway?) And wait, the main ship was almost out of fuel right? So how the hell was Holdo able to warp into light speed? Oh lordy.
What was up with the mistreated kids/animals on the gambling planet? Were we supposed to feel a bunch of empathy for them? I honestly felt nothing. Literally ZERO feelings. If anything I resented them as some kind of sympathy device the writers came up with. Still not sure why they were even in the movie. Maybe so one of them could be in the final 'shooting star' scene? (Which by the way was a terrible way to end it. Maybe if Leia was looking at the shooting star it would have worked better)
Let me get this straight, Ben Solo kicks Luke's ass years earlier. Then Rey kicks Luke's ass also? Is Luke just weak or something? Rey knocked him to ground. That would be like Luke knocking Yoda or Obi Wan Kenobi over. They totally ruined the force hierarchy. Later, Ben and Rey are basically an even draw in their fight? Rey's development of her force powers just seems really uneven and murky. (Rey kicked Ben's ass in Force Awakens as i recall, why are they a draw now? I don't remember that movie too well to be honest..) Also, at the end, Luke doesn't even show up in person. Just a freaking force induced hologram? Yeah, I guess that shows some mastery of the force but wtf, did he just go there to apologize to Ben and to buy the others time to find their way to the exit at the back of the cave where the empire should be able to find them in like 5 minutes? Sigh. It would have been nice to see you there in person Luke, just saying.
And about Luke, he was basically a weak mess in this movie. Totally waffling about killing Ben, (He was right, Ben was dangerous, kill the mf already, but not in his sleep, come on Luke!) Waffling about destroying the sacred texts. Waffling about training Rey, then giving her really weak Jedi training, something like: 'We don't control the force, it's in everything and everyone, none of us special' That scene drained the whole movie of power. We WANT certain characters to use the force and be bad asses with it. "The force is strong with this one". Remember that old expression?
Earlier I mentioned the strong female characters were a good thing. They are, but I think the filmmakers MAY have swung too far in that direction which has led to many crappy audiences reviews, mostly by men I'm guessing. The filmmakers basically made every female character good/strong/smart/heroic etc and made every male character either weak, evil, conniving, or impulsive. Finn is the one exception, but he came across as kind of sneaky and selfish by wanting to jump ship at the beginning. Then his plan gets thwarted by the girl. Later when trying to sacrifice himself for the greater cause, he gets thwarted by that girl AGAIN. (For romantic reasons no less. Was there ANY chemistry between them? I sure didn't notice it. They should have let him have his swan song!) Also, Poe had a good plan, but it fails, and he ultimately is left looking stupid by Leia & Holdo. So I'm thinking at least some of the male audience left feeling frustrated or neutered by this movie, but not really knowing why.
Overall I give it 3 out of 5 stars for good production values and some entertaining scenes and performances. I'll most likely go to see the final movie in this trilogy when it comes out.
I you watch this movie, definitely stay to watch the after-credits scene. I skipped it and then read a review here that mentioned it. SPOILER ALERT!
This movie had a good premise, and a good twist at the end, unfortunately, I suspected from the VERY beginning that David was a robot, so that seriously ruined the twist for me. Hell, they basically telegraphed it half way through on the rooftop scene. I thought Adam was a robot all along, so that part of the twist revealing that he was the programmer was good. I think this movie would have worked WAY better if the two lead actors had switched roles. I just wasn't buying the chemistry in the love story for a second. And dramatic ending when she's crying and saying she loves him? Again, didn't buy it for a second.
Btw, the after-credits scene reveals that she got pregnant! Boom, now that was good little bonus. Apparently this movie was written by a Urologist. Kinda makes sense. :)
This is a fun little indie sci fi thriller. I was impressed how it unfolded with little twists happening throughout. I liked the original concept and when I read the summary of the movie, I knew I had to see it. Like another reviewer mentioned, I would have liked to see more of an explanation for the "event" that caused the radius effect to occur. But overall this is good movie that was likely working with a limited budget.
Which is more sad, that we're cooking ourselves on this beautiful blue miracle of a planet, or that so many of my fellow human beings ignore the science and for whatever twisted political or ideological position went through the trouble to create Rotten Tomatoes accounts just so they could give this documentary a poor rating?
I liked the concept. Kinda reminded me of one of the episodes of Black Mirror. I thought some of the character's motivations were not very clear though. It almost seemed like the screenwriters (5 of them?!) didn't really know where they were going with this thing most of the time. The villain's motivations were particularly murky and changeable. I thought the main actress did a good job acting but her Aeon Flux aesthetic/looks were really distracting and she just seemed really miscast for this role imo.
Great documentary. I remember first seeing LH in that movie North Shore way back in the day. Then every five years or so he'd pop up somewhere in the media. He's had an incredible life and it was good to see all the little details.