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Old 12-16-2007, 02:36 PM   #41
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Got back from seeing IAL. It was decent overall. The CGI is indeed sub par for the humans, but then again no CGI humans have ever been completely believable. Smith's performance is pretty good, a little lower than some of his latest, but in comparison to anything else he's done a good job. The movie felt a lot like I, Robot. I thought that the infected whoevers could have been more fleshed out, but it still tells a decent story, if not a predictable one.

By the by, this movie defines going out in a blaze of glory.

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Old 12-16-2007, 08:26 PM   #42
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Tyrion, it's the exact opposite. Will's acting seriously carried the movie.


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Old 12-16-2007, 10:19 PM   #43
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I agree. I thought Will Smith was the best part of the film. He did a fantastic one-man show.

It may not have been Oscar material, but it was pretty damn good.



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Old 12-16-2007, 10:27 PM   #44
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Tyrion, it's the exact opposite. Will's acting seriously carried the movie.
My comment wasn't about the acting, but in how there isn't much fidelity in the book-to-movie translation. I, Robot was the same way.



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Old 12-16-2007, 10:37 PM   #45
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My comment wasn't about the acting, but in how there isn't much fidelity in the book-to-movie translation. I, Robot was the same way.
Oh, I see.

Yeah, never read the books or saw any of the other adaptations before this so it was a fresh experience for me. I liked it.


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Old 12-17-2007, 12:03 AM   #46
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Never read the book either, but I thought the movie was excellent. With all the bitching I've heard about the religious overtones, I thought he was going to be a bible shouter or something. Instead, it was very subtle and only brought forth near the end. While all the atheists and agnostics complain every time God is so much as mentioned in any given movie, you can't sidestep the fact that lots of people, especially those in times of great stress and trouble as is depicted here, turn to God to explain what others could call coincidences. That's all they did here. There were no halos of light with a booming voice or bloody notes on the wall from the creator, just people coping with a situation how people tend to cope.

So, yeah, I appreciated the way the whole story played out. Superbly acted by both Smith and his canine companion. And yeah, the CG humans were sorta unrealistic looking, but somehow, it worked for me. Really stripped away their humanity to where you saw them exactly as they were.

It was incredibly well paced and for the first half, they employed the underused effect of "scare you with what you don't see" that has seemed to have lost favor with horror movies of late. This effect is used so well that when the sh*t hits the fan in the last half, you've already built up this image in your mind that is given horrendous life as if ripped from the depths of your imagination.

It isn't gory or a bloodbath. Instead, it's just a really intense, well acted, well paced, intriguing story. So even though it supposedly doesn't follow the book, as an unbiased observer, I give it high marks.


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Old 12-17-2007, 12:16 AM   #47
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The Christmas movie season has been saved!

Best Movie Ever (It actually came out this year)


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Old 12-17-2007, 01:18 AM   #48
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Yes, Will Smith's acting was superb. I never read the book, not sure if I should.

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Old 12-22-2007, 01:20 AM   #49
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Came back from seeing I Am Legend. I came in with high expectations, and it wasn't as good as I anticipated. Though, I did enjoy it. I thought Will Smith was great. Although, parts were cheesy, but it was going to watch tonight.

I could've gone and seen Sweeny Todd or National Treasure 2, but I have the holidays to watch them. :P

Now, that Dark Knight trailer....


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Old 12-22-2007, 11:02 AM   #50
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I think I'm off to see Sweeney Todd with my brother tonight.

He's visiting from where he lives in California for the Holidays so it'll be pretty fun.

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Old 12-22-2007, 02:46 PM   #51
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While all the atheists and agnostics complain every time God is so much as mentioned in any given movie, you can't sidestep the fact that lots of people, especially those in times of great stress and trouble as is depicted here, turn to God to explain what others could call coincidences. That's all they did here.
I think the objection is more along the lines of the common depiction of the atheist as the poor, misguided soul who comes around at the end as a form of character development.


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Old 12-22-2007, 03:58 PM   #52
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He wasn't an atheist with a poor misguided soul who came around at the end, though. He was a Christian who had gotten angry at the world and at the god he believed in, ultimately denouncing him due to his anger and frustration, then, in the end, did fully develop and turn back to his original ways and beliefs.

If he had originally been an atheist I could see your point, but he clearly was not.



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Old 12-22-2007, 04:19 PM   #53
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If he had originally been an atheist I could see your point, but he clearly was not.
"There is no God!" -- he says that pretty forcefully and you can't get much more atheistic than that. I saw no indication he was anything but atheistic through the movie until the end.


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Old 12-22-2007, 04:29 PM   #54
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What the flip does it matter? The movie was well played, and far more enjoyable than I was expecting. This really doesn't need to turn into some atheist/Christian debate. It's a movie. Suck it up if you can't handle the mention of God. I know that I'd have sucked it up and not griped to everyone if it'd been Satan mentioned.
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Old 12-22-2007, 04:42 PM   #55
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"There is no God!" -- he says that pretty forcefully and you can't get much more atheistic than that. I saw no indication he was anything but atheistic through the movie until the end.

Look at any of the flashbacks... he clearly believed in God before the outbreak of the virus. Therefore, his shift at the end was a return to his previous beliefs.


But I agree, people shouldn't base their opinions off of his religious beliefs.



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Old 12-22-2007, 07:23 PM   #56
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It's not necessarily that they brought about him believing in God, it's that they did it in such a rushed, implausible, ad-hoc, irrelevant way.
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:15 PM   #57
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"There is no God!" -- he says that pretty forcefully and you can't get much more atheistic than that. I saw no indication he was anything but atheistic through the movie until the end.
He prayed with his family during the flashback on the helicopter landing pad.

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Old 12-22-2007, 08:21 PM   #58
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What the flip does it matter? The movie was well played, and far more enjoyable than I was expecting. This really doesn't need to turn into some atheist/Christian debate. It's a movie. Suck it up if you can't handle the mention of God. I know that I'd have sucked it up and not griped to everyone if it'd been Satan mentioned.
If I may, Lady Jedi, we are not debating the virtues of theism or atheism here. Instead we're discussing the portrayal of religion in the film and trying to clarify why agnostics or atheists may find it discomforting.

I know it does seem that the topic gets brought up far more often than expected on these boards, but surely you'd agree that it is a valid subject when describing why or why not someone enjoyed the movie. Personally I enjoyed the movie and was not bothered by this aspect as much as some others I know. When The Seeker made mention of this, I chose to specify one of the objections I had heard.

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Old 12-30-2007, 11:25 AM   #59
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that movie is based off a stupid book series that was supposedly one of the 10 book series for kids to read when they had finished harry potter.

i've read the books, and the story sucks. disjointed and badly written.

it makes me angry just thinking about it.




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Old 12-30-2007, 01:09 PM   #60
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that movie is based off a stupid book series that was supposedly one of the 10 book series for kids to read when they had finished harry potter.

i've read the books, and the story sucks. disjointed and badly written.

it makes me angry just thinking about it.
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:24 PM   #61
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did the zombies in IAL remind anyone of the mummies in the Mummy? The way they looked and the way their mouth opened when they screamed reminded me of the other movie.


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