Promising beginning, but then all hell breaks loose. In a bad way.
Friday, 4 June 2010
Horror, Romance, Science Fiction
Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley
Kelly said on Thursday, January 03, 2013 12:32:22 AM
Totally agree with you Richard. I'm about 35-40 minutes into this and am not sure I can watch any more due to the giant 'pothole-a-minute' that's been presented so far.
Just a few examples: They're told early on their lab is being shut down, etc., and all funding will be directed towards 'phase 2'. So what happens? Their project continues -- with NO ONE, NO SECURITY CAMS, NOTHING -- watching as they continue their experiment for days and days, making idiotic, nonsensical decisions along the way.
2. When 'dren' first attacks the dimwitted, but genius(!) female scientist, she calls out to Brody, but he can't hear her screams through the thick glass. That is not until 30 seconds later, when the creature knocks over a lab cart overloaded with breakable objects.
3. They're always alone in their lab. Well, not always alone, just alone when they're working on their human hybrid. When they aren't, then all of a sudden the lab is filled with a dozen or so other researchers and lab techs.
I could go on and on, but why waste my time. The box office says it all...only cost $26 mil to make (a bargain these days), and didn't even make a profit.
TERRIBLE, POORLY WRITTEN and DIRECTED film. And one wonders how many people turned it down before they thought of casting Adrien Brody, of all people.
Andrew said on Saturday, November 19, 2011 4:11:53 PM
I completely disagree with this review. Yes, in HINDSIGHT, it's easy to say that half of what the scientists did was "stupid," but remember they're not going into their 9-5pm jobs knowing it's a horror movie, we are. Also, the movie was unsettling due to the sexuality involved, which has been done with great effect before (Alien, anyone?). It DOES effectively bring up certain ethics/questions in the characters. From the very beginning we know that Elsa has deep-seeded issues from childhood which causes her to cling to the creature. Furthermore, we see parallels in her upbringing and her treatment of the creature on the farm, even after it's clear that the creature is of above-average human intelligence; she basically abuses it. The same is true with Clyde. We see a strange attachment to Dren throughout the film and, towards the end, we know why. The twist at the end and the unfortunate events that play out for Elsa also link back to her earlier years. Regardless, this film was definitely not your typical crap like "Species" or other entries, and I was glad that it tried to do something different than other films. The critics on Rottentomatoes were more than fair to this film.
Plastic fork said on Monday, April 11, 2011 10:37:30 PM
Hahahaha. I would go further. It was a totally absurd, ridiculous film. I'm a fan of well-crafted science fiction. This absolutely was not that. It was a stupid premise to start with and did not make me 'ponder real life issues' of ethics or anything. The end sequence was the funniest, most idiotic that I've seen in ages.
carlos said on Friday, March 11, 2011 4:47:11 AM
this movie was way sweet. the worst part about it was the lame cg. if they would have gone animatronics and make up it would have been way better. no, the film did not insult ones intelligence because the characters never let it get that science-y. it was a fantasy family drama and should be judged as one. more like enemy mine then solaris.
Will said on Thursday, March 03, 2011 10:09:03 PM
I think it's a stretch to call this film 'campy'. I think it's a serious movie.
Keith said on Sunday, February 27, 2011 12:34:10 AM
I disagree all around. I got to see something "a little odd" unfold. Most of the consensus here seems to be looking for a modern masterpiece of science fiction. You have all taken something fun way too seriously. Was it the greatest film I've ever seen? Of course not! But just once in a while something off beat comes along that doesn't fit the normal sci-fi mold. This film is one of those.
Phillip said on Monday, July 12, 2010 10:29:20 PM
I haven't seen the film yet. Richard's review surprised me a little, most critics liked this film.
Jade said on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:47:26 PM
I totally agree with you. Throughout the whole movie I felt like yelling at the two main characters because of how STUPID they were. This movie was just unpleasant. I give it props for the CGI effects, but that's the only thing I liked.
Alicia said on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 7:04:00 PM
I did not like this movie because it made me feel uncomfortable all the way through. It just plain sucked in my opinion
David Pinson said on Saturday, June 05, 2010 12:18:20 PM
I agree wholeheartedly! the film slowly disintegrates more and more as it goes making the rape at the end nearly laughable. Which is a disgusting response and made me mad at the film for taking me there.