|Where are the lens flares?|
Ah, Michael Bay: Hollywood's easiest punchline this side of M. Night. I guess he's never been that well liked, but man, people really REALLY turned on him after the Transformers series. I'm not saying it's entirely unwarranted; those are indeed awful movies, and yeah, he sure does seem like a lousy person in real life. But for what it's worth, I don't think his other stuff is that bad. For instance, I think Bad Boys is perfectly serviceable and The Rock is one of my favorite action movies of all time. But what about Bay's foray into sci-fi?
Honestly? It's pretty okay. It's sci-fi lite, for sure; there's nothing deep going on anywhere around this thing. But is that really such a bad thing? I get that science fiction is all about making you think, but this is as much an action movie as it is science fiction -- more so, even. So it's a dumb action movie with sci-fi overtones, that's not the worst thing in the world.
|The leads off-camera waiting for their racketball game.|
Okay, so I haven't really talked about the plot yet. And I'm not going to. If you've seen it then you already know what it's about, and if you haven't... well it's a large enough spoiler to talk about much of anything other than 'Ewan and Scarlet live in this weird government-controlled utopia that seems kind of shady'. There you go, that's all you get! It may not be a great movie, but if you're interested in it at all, or in sci-fi or action in general, then give it a watch. It's far from the best 'dual role' kind of movie (Face-Off says hey) but it's entertaining enough to fill a rainy afternoon (yeah, it's long; it IS Michael Bay, after all).