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post #31 of 42 Old 08-29-2011, 10:30 PM
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Argh!
What a disappointment.

Reminds me of the screw-up in Source Code.
Everything is going along swimmingly and THEN....Hollywood Formula Shtick raises its ugly head...again.

At 58 minutes in, the movie does THE one thing that could reverse all of the credibility built up with the audience.
The wife predicted beforehand the movie would pull this palm-to-forehead move off....
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The World's Smartest Man blows-off paying the Russian gangster back the 100k he had borrowed, when, according to the movie, he had made over 2 mil.
Really?
I mean, REALLY????

Yeah, sure, you betcha.

What the he!! is wrong with these people?
Do they really think the audience is that stupid???

Well, guess what Fox...I couldn't hit the EJECT Button fast enough and won't be adding this to my BD library.

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Oink, I had the exact same issue with this movie. 45mins, I said to my friend,
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"Man... I sure hope he paid off that loan shark dude. I mean, that's the FIRST thing I'd do in his position."


And then that happened. Argh! I didn't let it detract from the rest of the movie that suddenly went from something smart to the typical Hollywood chase... thing. I haven't bought it and probably won't but it was a good rental @ Redbox.


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Oink, I had the exact same issue with this movie. 45mins, I said to my friend,
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"Man... I sure hope he paid off that loan shark dude. I mean, that's the FIRST thing I'd do in his position."


And then that happened. Argh! I didn't let it detract from the rest of the movie that suddenly went from something smart to the typical Hollywood chase... thing. I haven't bought it and probably won't but it was a good rental @ Redbox.

You have more patience than I do.

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That point certainly stuck out and it was something that *I* didn't forget as a viewer or would have forgotten if it were me.

It was a sore point, but the premise was interesting enough that I was entertained.

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You have more patience than I do.

I do. I am a glutten for self punishment.

Seriously though, as soon as he started making all that money I was asking myself if this movie was going to be the exception and not go down that road... and then it did. *facepalm* C'mon! Once he eventually took care of that situation, I felt there was enough left to save the movie. I wanted more when DeNiro confronted him later. That's a good thing, I think. So often do movies just want to stretch the running time and I sure get tired of that.


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You have more patience than I do.

Its called - premature ejection.
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Do they really think the audience is that stupid???

Based on box office numbers for many films, I'd say the studios are the smart ones and the audience are the stupid ones.

If I walk up to someone and slap them, and they give me $20, don't you think I'm going to keep slapping them until they stop giving me $20 each time? Hollywood knows its audience.

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I wanted more when DeNiro confronted him later.

Me too.

Just when he was to be put under the heat lamp to be sweated out...
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Based on box office numbers for many films, I'd say the studios are the smart ones and the audience are the stupid ones.

If I walk up to someone and slap them, and they give me $20, don't you think I'm going to keep slapping them until they stop giving me $20 each time? Hollywood knows its audience.

You're right.
Thank you for "slapping" me out of my naive little world.

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However the studios are a little dismayed that many of us just wait to pay $1 or $1.50 to watch one of the "esteemed films" on DVD or BD. There have been many films I've seen on disc that I'm glad I didn't pay even a matinée ticket price to see.

And a lot of people still go to a theater on a weekend just as part of a social experience. They may come home and throw on a disc or stream a NF movie just to wash the bad taste away.
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And, again as usual, I'm the last to see it, but I watched this last night. I didn't know what to expect but I thought it was well done and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I don't see it 'condoning' anything really. He knows what what the dangers are and experienced them, but ultimately decided that some risk was worth the reward. I think a lot of people would for this type of drug. I might well myself.

Of course in reality it wouldn't be worth it after a certain point because it would become more widely available (even if only among the competitors at that level) and using it wouldn't be such an edge. Demand would be massive and prices would plumme and it would be produced and sold illegally if the prices didn't plummet. But, though taking it wouldn't be an advantage anymore, not taking it would be a huge disadvantage. Talk about the perfect drug for the pharma industry.

The fact that he's the world's smartest man (though he's not since others are taking it as well), doesn't mean he's immune to distraction by all of the new opportunities presenting themselves to him. So I don't see the above as that big a plot hole. It's not like his grasp of the mechanics of day to day life are enhanced by the pill.

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And, again as usual, I'm the last to see it

Not really smile.gif

Just finished it, from Nitflix.

The director shows great skill, and the first 3/4 or so was great, a clever cautionary allegory of drug (meth?) addiction.

But it had the problem that certain other imminently watchable but not necessarly good films- such as Angel Heart or The Devil's Advocate or The Ninth Gate- had: non-sympathetic characters immersed in horrible goings-on. It didn't deserve a happy ending but it got one. Had it not had one it would have made even less money than it did, which I suspect was not enough.

But I've seen less memorable stuff recently.

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