Archive for June 2014
Question: What do these movies have in common?
- Seventh Heaven (1927)
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
- Pinocchio (1940)
- The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
- E.T. the Extraterrestrial
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
- Deja Vu
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- Edge of Tomorrow
Is Hollywood obsessed with resurrection, aka the denial of death?
1. Like watching someone else play a video game for hours on end. Someone with a cheat code. In Groundhog’s Day, the repetition was not a good thing and Murray tried to stop it, without success. In this film, repetition is what enables Cruise to win. Without it, he, and all of humanity, would lose. Why should we care about someone who has an unfair advantage in the game? Like I said, it’s like watching someone play a game and win only because they have the cheat code. Not cool and more than a little boring.
2. The first part of the film is about getting beyond the main battlefield. The third act is about confronting the aliens in an entirely new location. I think this was a mistake. It’s ok that they left the main battlefield, but I think it would have been more interesting if they discovered that what they were seeking was on the main battlefield all along, so the third act should have been a return, once again, to the main battlefield. Sorta like an ABA’ structure.
3. The setup didn’t make sense. Why would they send a PR guy like Cruise, inexperienced in combat, into battle on such an important day? Is his superior officer secretly working for the other side, intentionally trying to sabotage the war effort? It might make sense if the guy somehow knew what was going to happen to Cruise. But he’s just as clueless about the future as anyone at this point.