I've been intrigued by all the mentions of 2001: A Space Odyssey I've seen by people talking about this film, and I can see what they mean - it doesn't feel anything like 2001, really, but it's definitely the kind of movie someone like Nolan would make if they were making their version of 2001 - both more action-oriented and more emotionally-charged. It worked quite well for this film.
In any case, it pretty much wrecked me. And then I had to go hug my daughter really hard.
I figured I'd go ahead and watch this before The Avengers comes out, since I had missed it in theatres the year it came out. "Missed" isn't the right word. I heard bad things about it and opted not to go. And yeah, this movie is pretty boring, especially for an action movie. There are only like two and a half actual action scenes in it.
The first hour or so I was kind of bored stiff - there were…
For a little while I was afraid I'd misheard and it was gonna be all guns, which would've been boring and just needlessly violent (in a boring way). But then the hand-to-hand stuff started, and all of that was awesome. So yeah. Just enough story to string a nearly 100-minute long fight scene on, and that was enough. Also, it was surprisingly well-paced for basically being a long fight scene, with some breather sections in there at just the right times. Definitely had fun with this.