A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
A thousand feet beneath the sea, the blackest holes are in the mind...
The OSSA discovers a spacecraft thought to be at least 300 years old at the bottom of the ocean. Immediately following the discovery, they decide to send a team down to the depths of the ocean to study the space craft.They are the best of best, smart and logical, and the perfect choice to learn more about the spacecraft.
I'd watch Sphere again, but if I did, I'd probably stop it three quarters the way in and fill the rest in for myself. The ending wrecks this film. Up to that point it's a brilliant, clever popcorn flick, with a heck of a lot of mystery and atmosphere. The cast is really bloody brilliant, and it's wonderfully engrossing.
But goddammit, the test audiences didn't like the original ending so they had to reshoot, and I assume, rewrite it, because it just felt so lacklustre. Dang the Hollywood system!
Not to mention there's a pretty BIG plot hole. The climax itself is just not as gripping and it loses all life it had. But damn, it was so good before.…
I remember voraciously reading Sphere when I was 15, and even today it is still to me the definitive popcorn airport thriller novel. It was an excellent read, and was my favourite Crichton novel at the time. It has a genius premise with a wonderful sense of mystery and a captivating psychological bent.
However, not all books translate well to film, and this is a good example. Some thrillers, especially a psychological thriller like this one, just work better on the page, particularly the more unbelievable ones like Sphere. Levinson does a solid genre job for the most part, but the film takes a nosedive very quickly after Jerry gets mad. Once the manifestations start to visually mount, and most…
First things first, this is not a good movie. However, I still really enjoy it. There are themes of psychology and humanity in here which I find very engaging. The sci in the sci-fi is laughable at times, as is the ending...yikes, but I don't really care as I like pretty much all of the characters (Hoffman and Jackson specifically are awesome and their interactions are so much fun to watch).
I do wish there was a bit deeper examination of some of the ideas raised by what happens to the crew, but while some people like dumb action movies, I'm more of a dumb sci-fi guy and can live with all of these flaws. So I guess this is like my Fast and Sphereous.
Bring to mind every 80s and 90s sci-fi film and there's a good chance Sphere is derivative of it in one way or another. The frustrating thing is that there are boatloads of great ideas in here. By here, I mean Crichton's novel, which I am going to to assume is an engrossing read. Right up my alley, I must say, and I plan on picking it up in the near future.
So what went wrong? My finger-wagging middle finger points squarely at Barry Levinson. How he edits the plot isn't exactly conductive to relating cool science or smart, likeable or skilled characters to the viewer. Everything is at service in enveloping you with mystery, narrowing logic that turns characters…
YOU HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL TO BE TERRIFYING AND INTERESTING AND AN EXAMINATION OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ALIVE BUT YOU WERE ALL HEY LOOK IM AN EXPLOSION AND PLOT TWIIIIIIIIST SO YOU THREW IT AWAY.
But you're not terrible either, you frustratingly average movie you.
Empieza como Abyss pero luego se dan cuenta de que nos vamos a dar cuenta y la cosa se convierte en una especie de Alien mezclado con The Shining.
O sea, jugando a cocinitas a veces sale algo bueno y a veces el resultado no pasa ni empujando con pan.
A cool Michael Crichton story and a good cast can't save this garbage.
Sphere, eller "kuglen" som den er blevet så flot oversat på Dansk, er en Sci-Fi film af den kvalitetsbevidste instruktør Barry Levinson. Uden at sige for meget handler den om en gruppe forskere der skal undersøge et nyfundet rumskib på bunden af havet, en opgave der bliver meget mere farlig end de havde regnet med. Ikke pga. selve rumskibet, men mest pga. dem selv, og så har jeg ikke sagt for meget.
Det ligger nemlig op til at være en typisk Sci-Fi film, med de 3 velkendte A´er: Action, Aliens og Astrofysik, men Sphere tager alligevel en drejning der er lidt mere original end hvad man havde forventet.
Jeg må dog indrømme at jeg nogle gange syntes det hele var…
"Sphere" é uma concha vazia. Derivada de filmes famosos de ficção científica é cheia de falsas promessas. O diretor Barry Levinson está perdido em uma tiroteio sem saber se corre ou se esconde, na verdade não há o que ser dirigido, o roteiro de Kurt Wimmer, Stephen Hauser e Paul Attanasio é razoável na sua primeira hora mas em seguida desce para um suspense inábil, sem qualquer razão para ser um filme, sem qualquer anzol para fisgar o espectador, sem nenhum criatividade que possa surpreender, sem ser, ele segue sendo um desastre cinematográfico de duas horas e meia, sujando a carreira de grandes astros como Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson e Liev Schreiber, Sphere ainda conta com a participação de Peter Coyote e Queen Latifah.
I liked the mystery in the beginning but it got pretty ridiculous and together with the poor dialogue and some pretty bad overacting by Hoffman it turned into a snooze fest. Reminded me of Event Horizon which I like better.
The only Michael Crichton movie that was actually like the Michael Crichton book... that I've seen so far.
I was fully into this movie, then the ending comes along and shits on everything that preceded it.
It's not great, but it did a way better job of translating the book than I would have thought. First 2/3 are pretty solid, but the ending is a little weak.
Several things went through my mind with this one:
1. When will this end?
2. When will it stop?
3. Please make it stop?
Can I hold your hand to forget this movie too?
Today was the last time I will ever watch Sphere.
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
For the purposes…