Decent remake of Children of Men. Roger Deakins' incredible cinematography cancelled out by Hans Zimmer doing what he does best, Hans Zimmer.
On paper, this is a horrible idea, with a hamfisted, preachy eco-message, cheap gags, and the obvious problem of anchoring itself in time, in the year 1986. It's a credit then to the screenwriting and especially directing (courtesy of Leonard Nimoy) that this film has stood the test of time and is still enjoyable 30 years later. The cast seems loose, relaxed, and to be having fun, and its a welcome reprieve in the Trek catalog.
Now, I am an established Nolan skeptic, so for some I may have no credibility discussing this film to begin with. Still, I did not like this film.
From even before anyone saw it, there was buzz about it being this generation's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now that sounds kind of absurd, and unfair both to Kubrick and Nolan, but it's impossible to discuss this film without referencing that one. And you know what? That's not necessarily a bad thing.…
The film needs to be slower and duller at the start so that the viewers who walked into the wrong theatre have time to leave before the main action starts.
- Tarkovsky to the State Committee of the USSR on Cinematography
This sounds like one of those apocryphal quotes, but if Tarkovsky did, indeed, say this, he wasn't joking, as I'm sure many did walk out of the beginning of this film. It takes Stalker half an hour before anything…