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Average User Score: 8.7Dec 29, 2018The future may end up being like this film, if humans keep on the way they are. It has a prophetic, warning feel to it, which is part of itsThe future may end up being like this film, if humans keep on the way they are. It has a prophetic, warning feel to it, which is part of its power. It chillingly rings true to human nature. "They had built a house of straw..." and we're living it today. Yep, we'll probably all end up killing for gasoline, banding together in terrified groups in improvised fortresses with medieval jury-rigged weapons, and eagerly eating canned dog food (if we can afford it in the post-apocalyptic barter economy). The bands of marauding killers will prey on the ever-shrinking bands of decent people trying to sustain a remnant of civilization. Basically, it will be like Attila the Hun vs. the peasants of Europe, with the occasional lone heroic knight showing up to help the good guys. And that's more or less what this film is about, with Mel Gibson as the nothing-left-to-lose knight of the road.
A highly original, superbly well-made, riveting and immersive nonstop rampage through a grim and grotesque future that may well come to pass in 50 years or so... let's hope not.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Dec 29, 2018Seeing it in 1982 I expected just another SF film, so the initial eruption of that dog in the beginning took me totally by surprise. It wasSeeing it in 1982 I expected just another SF film, so the initial eruption of that dog in the beginning took me totally by surprise. It was so shocking that I had to leave the theater for a few minutes. No other film has ever even come close to doing that to me! No question -- this is one of the grimmest horror films ever made, a diabolically powerful masterpiece of a futile fight for survival by a small and shrinking group of terrified humans against an utterly alien, unimaginably ancient entity, surrounded by the deadly, primeval, Antarctic winter night.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Dec 25, 2018This classic (the original 1984 film) is a FAR better film than it gets credit for. Original, gripping, somewhat chilling storyline, wellThis classic (the original 1984 film) is a FAR better film than it gets credit for. Original, gripping, somewhat chilling storyline, well executed. "What if?" ... and if accept the premise, we are drawn into a very entertaining heroic tale that isn't so utterly far-fetched, and includes some striking and vivid combat scenes that go far beyond our low-budget expectations. Like the scene where the helicopter shoots up the enemy roadblock... that was money for sure, and it's almost just a background cameo. Makes it feel unexpectedly real and immersive. We really feel, "yeah, this is kind of how it would be, if the US homeland were actually invaded". Hence, we identify with the high-school kids turned patriot soldiers in a shattered world where they don't even have any news of what is happening, at least until the downed pilot shows up.
We need more homeland survival dramas in this genre. It's a fascinating theme, and plenty of room for more "What if...?" stories about what ordinary folks in America would have to do when the country is falling apart.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Dec 25, 2018This is a fantastic recruiting film for the drug courier industry! Makes me want to sign up right away! Just a nice road trip once a month,This is a fantastic recruiting film for the drug courier industry! Makes me want to sign up right away! Just a nice road trip once a month, easy driving, listen to the radio -- see America! $30K waiting at the end... not bad at all, beats Uber driving! Wonder if there's an app for it, LOL! Actually I suppose these days, the cartels probably *do* just call a few Ubers to get their loads along the road.
All kidding aside, though, I was pleasantly surprised by this very original and engrossing, well-acted film. As you know it's closely based on a true story, and truth is always both stranger and more interesting than fiction. Very entertaining, with wry humor along the way. Thought it might be hokey and corny, but it wasn't. Very VERY similar story to "American Made", which was also based on true events and characters.
Definitely see or rent this film!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Nov 24, 2018They sure as hell gave it everything they had to convey the spirit and legend of Queen -- especially the lead actor, who totally earns anThey sure as hell gave it everything they had to convey the spirit and legend of Queen -- especially the lead actor, who totally earns an Oscar in this film! By the time we get to the grand finale at Wembley, it feels like we're watching the real band, it's that good. This could have been cut shorter and edited a little better, but on the other hand it's rather nice that they took the time to give Freddie's cat all those glorious full-screen close-ups -- especially the purring scene. :) Gotta love a movie that has frequent feline focus moments.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4Oct 31, 2018Well, this ain't no Red October or Crimson Tide. But, it's a pretty good naval combat drama which could have been much better. Good effects,Well, this ain't no Red October or Crimson Tide. But, it's a pretty good naval combat drama which could have been much better. Good effects, talent, reasonable script, decent story -- but it somehow doesn't carry any real voltage except in a few scenes. The subtle flaw here is the editing! The editing is constantly episodic -- one set scene, then another, but few of the little connecting scenes that a director and editor are supposed to fill in to create a smooth, immersive story narrative. Example: the officers climb up into the hatchway to the mini-sub. Then -- boom -- cut to the officers sitting at the controls 3 min. later. Jarring "jump cut" just skips over a whole segment of time! We're like, "huh?" Normally a director will fill in a few 1-second, 2-second transitional scenes quickly showing the guys scrambling up out of the hatch -- urgently running to the controls -- strapping in -- flipping switches. This creates a series of shots pulling us along through an urgent and suspenseful part of the story where time is of the essence. Instead, we just cut to the guys sitting kind of relaxed at the controls. No tension! No voltage! It's "limp", and destroys the suspense.
This sort of thing happens over and over again throughout the film. It's as if they used the spec script as the shooting script -- as if they shot the whole film as a series of storyboards, with no interpolation or connecting material. It damages the film badly, but it's also very educational -- a shining example of what "episodic" really means, and why it's avoided by professionals.
Despite this, it's still an entertaining film, and I felt like I got my money's worth. The scene where the sub is getting kicked around by all those mortar depth charges is epic! Excellent punchy sound and visual effects, reasonably well cut, thasss what I wanted to see, oh yeah.
If they'd had more of that, and the director/editor had worked harder at transitional details (rather than just leaving them all out), it could have been a really tight and memorable war drama. Maybe they were trying to cut out scenes to shorten the run time? If so -- penny wise pound foolish. DON'T cut the 1-second transition scenes, that won't save any real time, but it'll hurt your film bad Mr. Director!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Oct 15, 2018This is the only film I have ever seen where the entire cinema audience, spontaneously, stood up at the end with a standing ovation. It'sThis is the only film I have ever seen where the entire cinema audience, spontaneously, stood up at the end with a standing ovation. It's that engrossing, and that well done, and stays true to the spirit of Tom Wolfe's book, which is itself one of the great masterpieces of American literature, vividly conveying the drama, humor, tragedy, and glory of US experimental aviation and spaceflight in the 1950s and early 60s.
One of the greatest ensemble casts ever put together delivers many simultaneous career-best performances as the Mercury Seven. Astoundingly well-cast, with the slight exception of Sam Shepherd who's just a little too movie-star for the Yeager part and whose fake drawl doesn't quite make it. However, they managed to get the *actual* Yeager in there, as a local yokel in a bar scene, so it all evens out I guess.
Considering the relatively primitive special effects technology available in those times, it's notable how good the flight scenes are compared to more recent big-budget films -- in many scenes better than "First Man", for example. The director, editor, and cinematographer just had superior skills and execution compared to their counterparts today. They did much more, with much less.
This film needs to be brought back for another go-round, another wide release, so that a new generation can stand up and cheer one of the great stories of American history.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Oct 14, 2018Good opening with the X-15 -- first time we've seen anything about the legendary X-15 in a major movie in decades. Still the most radicalGood opening with the X-15 -- first time we've seen anything about the legendary X-15 in a major movie in decades. Still the most radical aircraft that ever flew: its story deserves a whole movie of its own. But I digress. This film is a pretty good treatment of the historical events, but it has a kind of matter-of-fact tone to it, a strange lack of drama or suspense. It does successfully evoke the respect and wonder we associated with those events at the time, but has three specific flaws: First,the music, which never really connects, and is most often an intrusive, distracting background; the greatest moments of the film are when the music stops in favor of respectful silence.
Second, the sound effects: the sound director seems to have thrown together random chaotic stacks of software sound effects for the rocket-flight scenes -- as if they didn't know exactly what to do, so piled as many canned booms, shrieks, wind rushes, and howls as possible on top of each other hoping it would all somehow add up to awesome -- but it doesn't. It sounds fake... off key. Like the sound guys never listened to an actual rocket launch, even on film, or youtube? Do your research guys, work a little harder.
Third, all the flight scenes recycle this same, lame sequence of shots over and over: 1. shaky vibrating shot out the window (we can't see a thing); 2. shaky close-up of Neil's eyes, staring straight ahead; 3. shaky vibrating shot of the control panel (we can't see a thing). REPEAT three or four times. WTF? First it's an instant cliche. Second we can't see anything -- it's an undecipherable visual mishmash (which would be OK once or twice to convey the confusion the pilot has to deal with -- but we GOT it already the first time, jeez).
Meanwhile, there's a lot of cutting to family life back home, and this stuff is pretty slow and excessive. Lot of shots of the couple staring at each other wistfully in silence. But what exactly is being communicated? Between them, or to us? We end up not even knowing what is going on. There's no takeaway. The screenwriter needed to step it up here, and write some actual dialogue forcrissakes.
I hope this film doesn't win any serious awards, because it doesn't really deserve them. Yes, worth the ticket price, for sure, but if you want a truly inspiring historical space flight epic done right, rent "The Right Stuff", a far better film that audiences cheered in the 80s.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Oct 12, 2018This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Groannn... wow this was pretty bad, terrible story and lame execution. The usual effects are OK, though very cliche now. The way the script just throws away Han Solo with little fanfare... come on! There has to be a heroic exit for Solo! Like ramming an Imperial battlecruiser to save his friends, something like that? But no! Terrible storyline decisions and bad writing cripple this mishmash. And the son -- totally unsympathetic and uninteresting character acts like a petulant boy. Awful. Every bit as bad as the prequels.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Oct 12, 2018A nice happy Cinderella film where everybody gets to party. Yay for that. Now keep in mind that this is a chick flick, so of course all theA nice happy Cinderella film where everybody gets to party. Yay for that. Now keep in mind that this is a chick flick, so of course all the young men have to take off their shirts periodically, for no particular reason. In fact they even have a scene where someone spills wine on the hero, in order that he then has to take off his shirt for 5 minutes... while talking with his mom? Well these shirtless episodes are just mandatory in this type of girly film, so guys, just take it in stride. Meanwhile, Awkwafina steals the show. And then there are the many chubby-faced comic supporting guys, whom I couldn't keep track of or tell apart... but aren't they stereotypes? Is Tarantino's deadly Asian schoolgirl with the ball and chain gonna show up at the party? No matter, it's all good clean fun, and darn it, it's good *for* you, cause it makes you wanna be a crazy rich Asian too!… Expand