Thursday, September 9, 2010
So, I'm having a hard time deciding where to start with this small treatise, so I suppose I can just jump in anywhere. First off... if you are not a fan of bullet time and it's flagrant abuse in films... do not see this movie. Seriously. In my guesstimation that if the bullet time sequences were left at regular speed you'd drop between 15 and 20 minutes of film time. It really just feels like one more thing to try and take advantage of the 3d effects, which fails utterly. In Avatar (to date the only 3d movie that's actually used the tech relatively well, IMO) 3d was used to add fullness and depth to the environment... and I hope that such is the case in the next 3d film I'm looking forward to (Tron: Legacy). Whereas many of the weaker 3d films just use them for standard "shock" effects. The only 3d effect in the entire film I enjoyed was in the opening credits where raindrops bounced off names in the title sequence. Secondly, I have a hard time reconciling the films with their titles...since aside from a couple names, very little of the series to date is in any way related to the thrilling horror series that originated it. There's not a lot that can be said about any of the acting in the film... there's just not much for the actors to work with... which is a shame, since the cast is pretty decent. The movie feels uneven to me... the Alice assault that has been in all the trailers is in many ways a high point, and the films final act is pretty unfulfilling since it's a standard "cliffhanger" like the previous two. Thus I'd say the film, while likely to succeed as an action flick, isn't worth most folks time unless you've really gotten into the movies (don't laugh... such people are out there).