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While technically proficient and well-acted, in the end the movie is a vile and nihilistic waste of time. The rich family are cardboard cutouts and the poor family are inexplicably skilled at deception (and other things) while lacking a motivation for their depraved actions. It doesn't really have anything to say - its "social commentary" is vapid and one-dimensional. I must admit I enjoyed parts of it but the ending in particular was jarring, disturbing, and devoid of humanity. Not surprised this won "Best Picture" given the perverse, anti-life lack of morality Hollywood embodies. Should have known, given I found "Snowpiercer" an unwatchable mess.
So this won't be everyone's cup of tea and I understand why it bombed back in the day, but golly this is the most wacky and weird romp you'll ever experience in a movie. First off, the cast is stellar. Everyone is so charismatic and displays a palpable chemistry. Our hero has a huge backstory that barely penetrates the surface, making this fully realized world all the more curious and compelling. It is an amazing time capsule from the ‘80's and it's a miracle it even exists at all. It's a film I could see watching over and over again and I'm sorry I missed it when I was an 11 year-old the year it was released. The special effects are extremely dated but somehow nostalgic and charming just the same. The script has some great humorous lines that the actors deliver with ease and panache. I laughed out loud several times. Love the bit about the watermelon: "I'll tell you later."
Wow. This movie has its flaws (acting, writing) but I gotta say it's one of the most original sci-fi action movies I've seen in a while. The fight choreography stylization is something to behold in and of itself, but the twist at the end and the downright ballsy conclusion was unexpected, disturbing, yet oddly satisfying. In many ways it evokes the b-movie actioners from my childhood, the "kinda movies they don't make anymore," but the reality is, no one's ever made a movie like this before. The character development left something to be desired and the production design, while ambitious, felt like a cable tv show shot in Vancouver at times. But all is forgiven. A must see for action sci-fi fans with a thirst for high-concept ideas and a stomach for some pretty grotesque violence. An anti-Robocop for the modern era.
Don't get me wrong, I love a mindless action movie, but this one is just incomprehensible. The action is hard to follow, overly stylized, and gets in the way of basic story telling. As a veteran, the movie lost me with the guy they picked to be "Number 7," who is entirely unconvincing as a special forces operator. Let me assure you that those guys don't come skinny and 165 pounds soaking wet in real life. Not worth a watch.
Doesn't disappoint as an action yarn with a hair more introspection and heart than the usual fare. While less satisfying than the original, it features a wildly ambitious yet starkly unrealistic finale. The real bad guy is obvious from the first frame and the actual reasoning behind why the antagonists are killing ex-operatives somehow escaped me.