Of course, Bruce Willis + time travel = inevitably comparing it to 12 Monkeys
I saw Brick this weekend and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. Fifteen minutes in, I was thinking "where the hell are these kids' parents?!" After hearing the dialog between Brendan and Brain I realized that this was not a high school movie with a noir window dressing but a noir movie with a high school window dressing. So it's sort of a genre cut-and-shut with no pretense towards naturalism, fair enough, but what I'm still trying to figure out is what that pairing accomplishes. On the one hand, yeah, the over-the-top emotional intensity typical of noir characters is actually pretty appropriate in the context of high school, but that seems like too feeble of a congruence to justify the mixture. I keep waiting for a really good reason to jump out at me, but it hasn't yet.
When you look at a movie trailer or a political ad, you should see it as an attempt to mobilize the core audience. It isn’t convincing you you will like it; it is for you because they know you would already like it. Quoting Andrew Stanton, director of John Carter: “The truth is, [audiences] don’t know what they want; they only know what they last wanted.” Substitute “hate” for “want” and then the same is true for voters.
This past week, the new science fiction action/thriller Looper opened in theaters to overwhelmingly positive reviews and solid box office numbers. I can see why: It’s a visually engaging movie with great performances from everyone involved, with good pacing and several gripping plot concepts driving it along. But, it’s also a muddled mess of a film that barely approaches being intelligent and instead relies on a lot of emotional clichés and overused tropes.
If anybody starts complaining to you that this movie is bad because of [insert complaint about movie's use of time travel here] it is your moral duty to punch them in their stupid face.
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