Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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…
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.
I first became aware of “Sphere” whilst I was reading the Cracked article 6 Movies That Actually Deserve a Remake and was intrigued by the author’s appreciation for the film’s positive elements. So later when I had the opportunity to watch “Sphere”, I jumped at the chance and was pleasantly surprised.
A psychologist, mathematician, marine biologist, and astrophysicist are taken to an aircraft carrier under mysterious pretenses by the US military. The four soon find out that they have been recruited to explore a mysterious sunken spacecraft at the bottom of the ocean on the recommendation of the psychologist among them Dr. Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) according to a report he wrote many years ago entitled “Recommendations for the…
Sphere straddles a thin line of wanting to be a serious science fiction mystery and wanting to be a campy science fiction actioner, but is never very committed to either aspiration. Moreover, the film's ending does not hold up to analysis if you think about any of it for more than a few seconds.
Ägh....irgendwie hatte ich diesen Film besser in erinnerung. Ist aber auch schon n paar Jahre her. Im grunde ist das The Abyss mit besseren Effekten...und den fand ich schon nicht gut. Was mich aber am meisten genervt hat ist die Musik...ouh man.
Once touched, dream carefully.
I'm biased on this because I loved the book and the idea of fear manifesting itself. The movie falls short of the book. Kind of loses itself about halfway in.
This movie's got a lot of problems. But much like "Toys", Barry Levinson's *other* big-budget 1990's flop, I found myself ultimately feeling affectionate towards it, with certain reservations. The characters are not written well, but Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson and Liev Schrieber do the best they can to inject their characters with some life. There are amusing supporting roles for Queen Latifah as a lady killed by hundreds of jellyfish, and Huey Lewis (in a weird cameo) as a helicopter pilot in the opening scene. Regrettably, Peter Coyote -- who was so good in "E.T." and "Bitter Moon" -- is wasted here in the role of a loudmouth military asshole who gives the other characters a hard…
well, this was... tense
"We're all going to die down here." - Dr. Harry Adams
With the amount of time I've sunk into Subnautica recently, I've been in the mood for an underwater sci-fi. I've always loved the subgenre and hadn't seen this one since it came out in the 90s.
I went through a phase in my youth where I read every Michael Crichton book I could get my hands on. "Sphere" was an early one I had read and really enjoyed. It wasn't too long afterwards that I got to check the movie out.
Does it hold up to my memory? Sure. I knew I wouldn't have the same reaction to it this time around, having garnered nearly two decades of movie…
July 2016 Scavenger Hunt
14. A movie set underwater.
My List: letterboxd.com/strangah/list/july-2016-scavenger-hunt-16/
Man, I wanted to love this film so much. And for a lot of it, it wasn't difficult. But the ending just stopped everything short. The main trio were very good in their roles, Jackson for sure. The story was mostly interesting and didn't feel TOO cliche and overused all the time. And the effects were solid, if not spectacular.
One thing I especially liked was the opening ~10 minutes. I thought the film did a good job establishing the characters and setting the mood for the rest of the film.
This is an interestingly divisive movie. I remember seeing it in theaters as a kid and really liking it, yet also feeling underwhelmed by the ending. After that I heard nothing but negative comments regarding the movie and it drifted into obscurity. I go online today after having re-watched it and discover it's starting to develop somewhat of a cult following. Here's my interpretation, meant solely for people who have seen the film-
I think the sphere represents the whole of human imagination. It grants you the ability to bring into existence anything you want, but ignores the fallibility/weaknesses of the human mind: Ego, paranoia, suspicion, depression, anger, fear. And so the ending that exists, as underwhelming as it is,…
I wasn't planning on writing a review for this, but I'll try and keep this short and simple. Sphere was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid, and I was really afraid it just wouldn't hold up. But to my surprise the movie is still a solidly entertaining movie. As deadpan as they can sometimes be, each performance given holds some weight and compelling aspects to them. And throughout the film as the twists and events unfolded I found myself really interested in where it was going. It's a very tense movie, and I would definitely watch this again. It's nowhere near perfect, but I was more entertained than I ever would've expected to be, so check it out if you get the opportunity, you might be just as surprised as I was.
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…