Watched Dec 20, 2009
Kurt Fabisch’s review:
I rarely if ever get up to use the bathroom whilst watching a film for the first time. This film was one of those times. I thought to myself "I can skip 2 minutes of this movie without missing anything special."
Cameron is truly one of the best directors around. Best special effects in a movie, maybe ever. Having said all that… I truly despise everything else about this movie. The characters have been done, the story has been done, the action scenes have been done. There is NOTHING original is this original screenplay by Cameron. District 9 came out 6 months earlier and delivered on everything this movie fails to do. Zoe Saldana is great, EVERYONE ELSE is mediocre at best. Weaver gives in my opinion her worst performance in a movie. Stephen Lang is laughably predictable and pathetic as a villain. And perhaps the biggest Oscar blunder ever; Mauro Fiore won best Cinematography over Inglourious Basterds, The Hurt Locker, . What did he do?! All the shots are computer generated! There is no such thing as a wide shot in this movie at all. The landscape isn’t real. If we’re going to give Oscars for best looking movie, fine! Then Pixar should be nominated for Cinematography as well. Did I mention the horrible screenplay? Embarrassing amount of cliched lines like “You’re not in Kansas anymore.” Oh my God, Wizard of Oz was 75 years ago, the statute of limitations for that movie has passed. The only thing about this movie that succeeds is the action; Cameron’s strong suit; only Christopher Nolan does better. But action cannot save a movie. Every action movie these days has decent special effects and solid action. The Dark Knight proved that people can have their cake and eat it too with action and superb storytelling. I’m not knocking the Director James Cameron, I’m trashing the Writer James Cameron. His best films (Aliens, Terminator 2) were co-written and they always will be. The Hurt Locker won the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, that’s what needed to happen. This movie is the single most over-hyped film of all time. Oh, and the 3D glasses hurt mine and my brothers heads. That warrants a zero rating right there.