This was an excellent movie that remaind faithful to its source material. I finished the book before watching the film and believe they did a good job streamlining the story. I can't recommend this movie enough 9/10.
Is the book worth reading being that I've already seen the film?
It's gives more detail and backstory. If you want more then yes.
Being as August 29, 1997, at least according to "T2", is the day that Skynet became self-aware and launched the attack that led to "Judgment Day", I'm about to screen a double feature of the first two "Terminator" movies.
Before that, I did some preparatory viewing by watching the criminally under-appreciated 1970 film "Colossus, The Forbin Project". Based on a 1966 novel by D.F. Jones, the plot revolves around Dr. Charles Forbin's creation of Colossus, a super-computer that is wired into the defense infrastructure of the United States and put in control of its nuclear arsenal, so that human error and emotion never come into play during a time of crisis. Almost immediately upon its activation, Colossus discovers that there is another system, this one in the U.S.S.R, and it demands to be connected to "Guardian" or, in Colossus' own (typed) words "ACTION WILL BE TAKEN"! (I'd bet you dollars-to-doughnuts that James Cameron is a fan, and had this film in mind when he crafted his "Terminator" back-story!)
With a chilling script by James Bridges ("The China Syndrome") and directed with intelligent flair by TV veteran Joe Sargent (who also helmed the original "Taking of Pelham One Two Three"), "Colossus, The Forbin Project" won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation for 1970, and still holds up after nearly half-a-century, serving as a prime example of the more-literary science-fiction films of that era, such as "2001", "The Andromeda Strain", "Silent Running", or "Charly", and I'd rate it a 9.5-out-of-10!
ps) By the way, the US DVD release of "Colossus" is in 1.33:1 instead of its original wide-screen ratio of 2.35:1! If you can go region-free, search out the UK release which is in the proper aspect ratio! rrr
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Post by Almeida77 on Sept 26, 2015 17:24:29 GMT -5
Last night I watched Tomorrowland and I'm so happy I did.
Having read so many bad reviews and people passing the film off as an expensive and preachy mistake by Disney I didn't catch it in the theatre. However, a plea from Kevin Smith on his podcast Fatman on Batman led me to give it a chance. And boy was that the right decision.
Directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Iron Giant, Ratatouille) and written & produced by Bird and Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek 2009, That guy people blame when they stop liking things) Tomorrowland is a film for creatives, a movie for daydreamers, an incredible love letter not only to the global behemoth of Disney, but the hopeful optimism of Walt Disney himself. At every turn it strives to inspire and encourage, its villains representative of apathy and defeat. Without spoiling anything, George Clooney balances this duality brilliantly, supported by several amazing young actors who all shine as bright as the message of the film.
A monologue from one of the more...disillusioned characters describes our current culture perfectly and highlights exactly why we need to lift our collective heads up and dream once more:
"Let's imagine: if you glimpsed the future, and were frightened by what you saw, what would you do with that information? Would you go to the politicians? The captains of industry? And how would you convince them? Data? Facts? Good luck. The only facts they won't challenge are the ones that keep the wheels greased and the dollars rolling in.
But what if … what if there was a way of skipping the middleman, putting the critical news directly into everyone's head: the probability of widespread annihilation kept going up. The only way to stop it was to show it. To scare people straight. What reasonable human being wouldn't be galvanized by the potential destruction of everything they've ever even known or loved. To save civilization I would show its collapse.
How do you think this vision was received, how do you think people responded to the prospect of imminent doom? They gobbled it up! They didn't fear their demise, they repackaged it — to be enjoyed as video games, as TV shows, books, movies, the entire world wholeheartedly embraced the apocalypse, and sprinted toward it with gleeful abandon. Meanwhile, your Earth was crumbling all around you. You've got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation, explain that one. Bees butterflies start to disappear, the glaciers melt, the algae blooms. All around you the coal mine canaries are dropping dead and you won't take the hint!
In every moment there's a possibility of a better future, but you people won't believe it. And because you won't believe it you won't do what is necessary to make it a reality. So you dwell on this oh terrible future. You resign yourselves to it. For one reason — because that future doesn't ask anything of you, today. So, yes, you saw the iceberg, warned the Titanic, but you all just steered for it anyway, full steam ahead. Why? Because you want to sink, you gave up. That's not the monitor's fault. That's yours."
This film has likely been missed by most or worse dismissed outright as a terrible over budget CGI bore. But for those who still believe, those who dream, those who feel as I do, who look up to the skies and beyond rather than hang their heads, I URGE you to give this movie a chance in your future.
A large portion of our media today, our films, our tv shows, our video games, our literature even our music and god dammit our comic books too they all tend toward an apocalyptic ending, a tragic paradox. That we are destined to bring about our own demise. Those things have their place, and they are not completely without warrant. but as the heroine of this emotionally uplifting films says, "I get things are bad. But what are we doing to fix it?"
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