josebach wrote:I couldn't disagree more. I think a lot of people let their political beliefs affect how much they enjoyed this movie. Being a moderate, I really could care less about the filmmaker's agenda and judged the movie on it's merits alone. I thought it was probably the best movie I've seen all year and was very disappointed that the director didn't get nominated for best director. The action/war sequences were amazing and were very scary and realistic. Some of the action shots were over 5 minutes long and the way the director filmed them made you feel like you were in the movie. It was awesome.
As far as you not understanding the total chaos, what do you think would happen if humans were on the verge of extinction? Do you think everybody would just keep going on as normal? Of course not. It would be pandemonium, just like what was described in the movie.
I have no problem with political/social issues in movies. I have a problem with them when I feel that the director/screenwriter lets that "agenda" get in the way of telling an entertaining story, which is what I think happened here.
I did overlook the battle sequence at the end when I was reviewing this. When Clive Owen is trying to get into that apartment complex... That scene was absolutely amazing. At one point, I looked at my wife and said, "This is either one of the greatest single-shot scenes I've ever seen, or a shining example of film editing and special effects." If I were a film student, I would die to know the ins and outs of that scene.
That said, I still think the basis for the degredation of society wasn't adequately explained. At 18 years, no one had even reached working age yet. The wage earners most certainly hadn't started to disappear. Sure, economies would definitely slow, but I don't think the real impact would have hit for another 5-10 years when the 20-somethings would start disappearing. Why was something always burning? It seemed like every time they showed a farm, there were cattle burning. Why? Was there a disease? If so, it must have been new, otherwise the cattle would have been burned long ago. I didn't see anything on the news, so who knows. Why was the government passing out suicide kits? Did they want people to die? Could have used some explanation there. How is it that the world economies are falling apart yet everyone is carrying around super hi-tech gadgetry (this is a problem I've seen in many movies, The Matrix
just to give an example)? Why were they so concerned about terrorism? Sure, we were in the middle of an underground movement, but what had they done and why? Why did the terrorists hate the government?
But the biggest part of all was never even touched on. Why couldn't people have babies anymore? I mean, that's the whole basis for the movie. At least try
to touch on it. They mentioned the flu pandemic right before the birth dearth. Was I supposed to assume that was the cause? I don't know. If there was no understanding of the problem, I would have liked to have seen some scientists telling me that they were were still baffled after nearly 20 years of research. Even the ending was bad. It was so abrupt. No explaination of anyone's intents. No hint as to how this might help save humanity. Just a final shot of a large metaphor and then the credits.
There were some redeeming aspects to the movie, but there were so many holes that I could not rate it higher than I did. I just feel that those holes would have been filled if people had concentrated more on entertainment and less on agenda. Still, I've seen much, much worse. Tailor of Panama
will always hold a special place in my heart.