yep, my trilogy has now been cut down to a duet. since i got an unexpected christmas present in the form of terminator salvation on blu-ray (another subject i will move onto at the end of this blog).
right on to review time
now, we all know that all the terminator movies are pretty damn awesome (except the 3rd, that was meh) so when i saw that not only was the main actor from avatar (sam worthington) was playing in this move, but christian bale was also starring, i almost wet my pants.
so the acting is of course, top notch stuff. nothing else really to say there. the story however, is abit questionable.
so the main premise is that this movie is set after all the other Terminator movies, after judgment day so the human race is fighting the war against machines. what really baked my noodle was that in all the other movies, it was said that conner would be the leader of the resistance, whereas in this movie he sort of isnt until about 3/4 of the way through the movie.
and there is the unescapeable fact that they CGI'd arnie. sorry for the epic spoiler (if you havent already seen it on youtube) but it has to be said. if i could be so bold, i would say that the director was an utter genius at that point in the movie, letting see arnie in CGI just long enough for us to notice its CGI and getting the nostalgic lookback to the old movies, then by means of explosive weapons, turning into a normal T-800 so we dont sit there thinking "why did they CGI arnie?".
and as a last note, sam's character has a plot twist that you will never see coming (no spoilers here).
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
im just going to come out and say it, this film is so average is makes a new standard of averageness.
the story continues on from the first in only the vaguest sense (as in its got the characters still but thats it) and now they have to save the earth from one of the weakest bad guys in existance.
the fallen, the main baddy, spends all the film sitting atop a throne until the last bit where he comes to earth, beats up a few tanks and planes, then gets raped by Optimus. no spoilers here since if you didnt see that one coming, you have a brain the size of a walnut.
the actors are mediocre and i was actually skipping vast portions of the film on my very first sit-through because so much of it is just excess baggage and irrelavent to the film in any way.
if you want to see it, i would just buy (or rent) it on normal DVD and not waste your money on the blu-ray, since the film is hardly worth it.
okay kids, the big one.
this film has been hyped to the end of the galaxy and back with its coma-inducing production costs and one of the greatest film directors of all time at the helm.
so the verdict? let me put it to you this way, i will not call you a true movie goer until you see this movie. thats how good it is.
the story is set on the planet Pandora where the evil corperations (humans, basically) are trying to mine the mineral which conviently is only under the Hometrees (skyscraper tall trees) where the tribal Na'vi live.
im going to have to come out with this, i cant hold it back. the CGI in this film will actually screw with your perception of reality. at points in the film i was actually so convinced the CGI Na'vi were real i has to slap myself a few times, drawing very weird expressions from a few people, but the rest of the audience were doing the same.
i was listening to a few guys as we walked out the cinema and the guys infront of me were saying how great the animatronics were in the film......when it was all CGI.
unfortunatly i could not see the 3-D version or watch it in I-MAX but that only adds to how awesome the CGI is. i watched it without 3-D and Imax and still believed they were real.
also, the acting is about as good as you can get it. sam worthington is awesome and bringing Ms. tough b***h of the Universe, Weaver , into it was just icing on an already perfect cake.
right, now onto the only negative of the whole film. the story pans out with no unexpected twists or shocking moments at all. i predicted almost all the events of the film within about 10 minutes of the film starting. but i wouldn't say it was a bad thing per se, since its done so beautifully, you never find yourself screaming "come on, thats obvious" at any point.
and i like how even though the film is set in the quite far future, which FTL drive and hover cars, the tech that they use on Pandora is quite modern, high tech for us, but still using bullets and rockets rather than lasers and railguns. this adds to the realism and i think was the glue that stopped the film from breaking its own bubble.
and the James Cameron has annouced that he will do sequels (maybe even a prequel) if it is recieved well. and it has been, so expect more awesomeness in the next 4 years or so.
i am definatly getting this on blu-ray when it comes out.
which brings me onto the blu-ray vs DVD argument.
im only going to rant a tiny bit so bear with me. when i first saw a blu-ray movie in the currys store which was using thier best Blu-ray player on thier best HDTV, i couldnt help but think that it looked roughly the same when looking at real human beings in real places but then i saw a CGI movie and was instantly sold. it seems to benefit CGI more than anything else, and with quite a few movies coming out with CGi in them, i couldnt help but feel sorry for the Blu-ray haters. "its just an expensive DVD", "more storage doesnt mean better quality"...i heard all the arguments. we even had a massive argument in our forensic computing session with our lecturer, one of the people behind the blu-ray laser.
and after seeing transformers on normal DVD (rented) and BLu-ray (got for christmas, unexpectedly), i can almost say now that my PS3 is not a dust collector anymore. im fairly certain that any movie that i buy now that has any CGI (Avatar, District 9) i will not hesitate to spend some extra dosh and get the blu-ray version.
right, thats my shouting into the black abyss of the WWW done, lets see if i get any echos back.
happy new year guys!