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Form my post in another forum:<br><br><br>Minority Report report ...<br><br>Just got back from the show ...<br><br>Not a bad film at all ... well-acted, well shot, gorgeous film with excellent special effects ....<br><br>Although I have to describe some of the sfx as a mix of Johnny Mnemonic and the Wizard of Oz (you'll know what I mean when you see it - at some points you just want Margaret Hamilton to swoop in on her broomstick and urge her monkey-men on =)<br><br>An engaging plot with a well-written script - a nice mix of action, emotion and humor - although once again, I think Steven needed to wrap things up a little sooner - the ending was not a strong as it perhaps could have been. And for once, not *everything* is wrapped up with a nice little bow at the end - although it comes really close. Much better than the ending of A.I., though ...<br><br>Perhaps the best acting to come out of Tom Cruise ever (which isn't saying much, but there you have it - he does carry the film rather well, though =) ...<br><br><br>Anyways, definately worth seeing on the big screen - probably worth the full-fare, absolutely worth a matinee =)<br><br>FWIW,<br><br>***matt<br><br>
Yep - I saw it yesterday and I'd agree with all that.<br><br>I'd read a (refreshingly spoiler-free) article that morning about Philip K Dick and his influence on SF moviemaking (MR is based on a Dick short story), which inevitably led to comparisons with Bladerunner (also loosely based on Dick).<br><br>Quite an extraordinary movie, Bladerunner - often referred to as a 'flawed masterpiece'. On the one hand, it strips out a huge amount of the original novel's ideas and rather ineptly reworks what is left; some of the acting and dialogue at times leaves a bit to be desired; and there are plot holes you could drive a truck through. But on the other hand it is one of the most atmospheric movies ever made; has had an almost unprecedented influence on post-modern aesthetics and design; and it eludes to philosophical themes that Hollywood couldn't spell, let alone commit to film. Like all 'classic' movies, the good elements are better than would seem justified by a simple description, and the bad doesn't seem to matter that much - and everything magically combines into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.<br><br>Which is why it is interesting when people make comparisons between BR and more recent movies that have clearly been influenced by it, such as MR and Gattaga. Gattaga has the atmosphere, but not the intensity. MR has the action and effects, but not the creepiness. Both have similar plot and pacing shortcomings to BR, but they seem to harm these movies more.<br><br>In short - I enjoyed MR, but it ain't no Bladerunner.<br><br>:-)<br><br>deebee<br><br><br>
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