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1st Trailer released. Another movie of the Year hopefully this will be the one. Another great cast...Kate Winslet, Maggie Q
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Divergent Official Featurette - Factions (2014). A little behind the looks of the movie, seems like The Hunger Games meets Equilibrium.

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Currently 25% at RT, much negative feedback from IMDB, trailer itself looks lame to me.

Looks like another bust with a star studded casts = I'm not surprised = super quick release on dvd = good for us to see it sooner than later smile.gif

Oh well cool.gif ,..so much for a decent follow up to Limitless. You know it's sad when a movie thread has only 3 post all by the same person.
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Currently 25% at RT, much negative feedback from IMDB, trailer itself looks lame to me.

Looks like another bust with a star studded casts = I'm not surprised = super quick release on dvd = good for us to see it sooner than later smile.gif

Oh well cool.gif ,..so much for a decent follow up to Limitless. You know it's sad when a movie thread has only 3 post all by the same person.
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The book was an absolutely amateurish piece of ****. It's an unholy, unsalvageable spawn of Satan that I hope dies a thousand million painful deaths. And makes $12.68 at the box office before all digital and film prints burst into flames (accompanied by the Wilhelm Scream).

Can you tell I hated the book? God, I'm getting dumber just thinking about it.
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Interesting. When I look at the book reviews on Amazon they are in stark contrast to your review, David.

New trailer. Looks decent to me. Will put it in my queue. I can always remove it.

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My daughter sure doesn't want to miss this one... We're seeing it next weekend.

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Making the obvious comparison to the Hunger Games, I didn't find the books as compelling. Specifically, I didn't really care about the central character, Tris, whereas I found Katniss to be much better written, and easier to root for. So many online reviews raved about the novel(s) and how it was as good as (or even better) than the HG. I didn't feel this way at all... it remains to be seen how well it's translated to film.
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Thanks for the heads up, definitely giving this one a miss.
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The book was an absolutely amateurish piece of ****. It's an unholy, unsalvageable spawn of Satan that I hope dies a thousand million painful deaths. And makes $12.68 at the box office before all digital and film prints burst into flames (accompanied by the Wilhelm Scream).

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The book was an absolutely amateurish piece of ****. It's an unholy, unsalvageable spawn of Satan that I hope dies a thousand million painful deaths. And makes $12.68 at the box office before all digital and film prints burst into flames (accompanied by the Wilhelm Scream).

Can you tell I hated the book? God, I'm getting dumber just thinking about it.
Sounds kinda like my experience reading His Dark Materials. Fascinating premise, simplistically written for young teens. I gave up early in book II, the actual title of which I've repressed.
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Interesting. When I look at the book reviews on Amazon they are in stark contrast to your review, David.

New trailer. Looks decent to me. Will put it in my queue. I can always remove it.

That's okay, people like different things. Like Twilight. Or 50 Shades of Grey. I just really disliked this book on a lot of different levels. I can't recall a single thing about any of the characters, they were that bland and lifeless. And the "concept" behind the world is just mind-bogglingly stupid.

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David - OT, sorry, but have you read a book (and it's sequels) called "Wool"? Another post-apocalyptic concept. Apparently it had kind of a reverse gestation -- first electronic, then a print version by popular demand. My wife is into it right now and thinks it's the cat's meow, wants me to read it.

And back OT, apparently the movie rights have already been sold.
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David - OT, sorry, but have you read a book (and it's sequels) called "Wool"? Another post-apocalyptic concept. Apparently it had kind of a reverse gestation -- first electronic, then a print version by popular demand. My wife is into it right now and thinks it's the cat's meow, wants me to read it.
I'll look for it at the used bookstore.smile.gif
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David - OT, sorry, but have you read a book (and it's sequels) called "Wool"? Another post-apocalyptic concept. Apparently it had kind of a reverse gestation -- first electronic, then a print version by popular demand. My wife is into it right now and thinks it's the cat's meow, wants me to read it.

And back OT, apparently the movie rights have already been sold.

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I'll look for it at the used bookstore.smile.gif

Here ya' go. Pretty cheap, because it didn't originally start out with a hardcover edition (but it has one now). Internet and electronic self-published first, then straight to paperback. The author had never written anything before; he worked in a bookstore. Now he's sold the movie rights too!
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David - OT, sorry, but have you read a book (and it's sequels) called "Wool"? Another post-apocalyptic concept. Apparently it had kind of a reverse gestation -- first electronic, then a print version by popular demand. My wife is into it right now and thinks it's the cat's meow, wants me to read it.

And back OT, apparently the movie rights have already been sold.

Yes, I've read Wool and the sequels. I liked them a lot. Howey knows how to create a world and vivid characters drawn through good writing.

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Making the obvious comparison to the Hunger Games, I didn't find the books as compelling. Specifically, I didn't really care about the central character, Tris, whereas I found Katniss to be much better written, and easier to root for. So many online reviews raved about the novel(s) and how it was as good as (or even better) than the HG. I didn't feel this way at all... it remains to be seen how well it's translated to film.

I agree. So far I've read The Hunger Games trilogy twice and was really disappointed in Divergent and Insurgent. In fact, after finishing Insurgent, I decided I had a bunch of other books waiting that were much more interesting/compelling and didn't even bother to read Allegiant which is by all accounts a big step down from the first two. It seemed these novels were written to a younger crowd and really played up the teen romance angle. To me, the story telling was not even in the same league as the Suzanne Collins novels. Maybe it will translate to film better though, who knows. I loved Limitless so maybe Burger can works some magic on this.
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David - OT, sorry, but have you read a book (and it's sequels) called "Wool"? Another post-apocalyptic concept. Apparently it had kind of a reverse gestation -- first electronic, then a print version by popular demand. My wife is into it right now and thinks it's the cat's meow, wants me to read it.

And back OT, apparently the movie rights have already been sold.

Wool/Shift/Dust are great reads, highly recommended. They definitely have gone on my list of books to re-read in the future.
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Doesn't look like too many have seen this OR they just don't want to sound negative or just embarrass they watched this piece of bleh. Don't worry just catch it on cable it will be there soon.

Ughh...how can someone who brought us Limitless be remotely associated with this bland, uninteresting, badly written script & dialed in performances. It was like everyone knew deep down this was a turkey so nobody cared, and trust me it shows rampantly throughout the whole movie.

On paper this looks like such a sure thing, great balanced cast. You never cared for any of the characters whatsoever to begin with. From that weak foundation, you have bad strange weird writing & things that were said seemed so hokey & play ground childish behavior. And after about an hour, you find yourself just still haven't invested anything or anyone.

Then the movie becomes a joke as events, things, twists in the story & characters starts raining down like cats & dogs like Inception or Now You See Me where guess what??? anything can happen I'll just pull this out my ass write this in, kill this person, change that character's motives, etc on and one you'll just waiting for this thing to end. I so regret & apologize that I even started this thread.
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Doesn't look like too many have seen this OR they just don't want to sound negative or just embarrass they watched this piece of bleh. Don't worry just catch it on cable it will be there soon.

Ughh...how can someone who brought us Limitless be remotely associated with this bland, uninteresting, badly written script & dialed in performances. It was like everyone knew deep down this was a turkey so nobody cared, and trust me it shows rampantly throughout the whole movie.

On paper this looks like such a sure thing, great balanced cast. You never cared for any of the characters whatsoever to begin with. From that weak foundation, you have bad strange weird writing & things that were said seemed so hokey & play ground childish behavior. And after about an hour, you find yourself just still haven't invested anything or anyone.

Then the movie becomes a joke as events, things, twists in the story & characters starts raining down like cats & dogs like Inception or Now You See Me where guess what??? anything can happen I'll just pull this out my ass write this in, kill this person, change that character's motives, etc on and one you'll just waiting for this thing to end. I so regret & apologize that I even started this thread.
Just reading some of these Posts don't know if I want to rent it.

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Just reading some of these Posts don't know if I want to rent it.
it's a teenage girls movie... My daughter loved it, me I didn't really care. It's the kind of pseudo-dystopian future thingy where everyone looks like a top-model. Similar to The Hunger Games in many ways, but with a less attractive cast (with the exception of Kate Winslet, of course , and Shailene Woodley seems to have a promising career ahead of her).
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I just blind bought this on my kids recommendation. It better be good or his iPad is going on eBay.

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it's a teenage girls movie... My daughter loved it, me I didn't really care. It's the kind of pseudo-dystopian future thingy where everyone looks like a top-model. Similar to The Hunger Games in many ways, but with a less attractive cast (with the exception of Kate Winslet, of course , and Shailene Woodley seems to have a promising career ahead of her).
Thanks Morpheo, my daughter isn't a teenager yet so I'm lucky there
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I just blind bought this on my kids recommendation. It better be good or his iPad is going on eBay.
Reading these posts Wabo you best to start listing. 😀
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Doesn't look like too many have seen this OR they just don't want to sound negative or just embarrass they watched this piece of bleh. Don't worry just catch it on cable it will be there soon.

Ughh...how can someone who brought us Limitless be remotely associated with this bland, uninteresting, badly written script & dialed in performances. It was like everyone knew deep down this was a turkey so nobody cared, and trust me it shows rampantly throughout the whole movie.

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Then the movie becomes a joke as events, things, twists in the story & characters starts raining down like cats & dogs like Inception or Now You See Me where guess what??? anything can happen I'll just pull this out my ass write this in, kill this person, change that character's motives, etc on and one you'll just waiting for this thing to end. I so regret & apologize that I even started this thread.
About how the wife and I felt after watching it this weekend. Very slow paced. We were hanging on hoping for redemption but the movie ended like a silent fart that lingered.

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it's a teenage girls movie... My daughter loved it, me I didn't really care. It's the kind of pseudo-dystopian future thingy where everyone looks like a top-model. Similar to The Hunger Games in many ways, but with a less attractive cast (with the exception of Kate Winslet, of course , and Shailene Woodley seems to have a promising career ahead of her).
Teenage girls movie is a bout right. Young girl liking the older hot guy, being rebellious.

Movie is a rip off of hunger games IMO.
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About how the wife and I felt after watching it this weekend. Very slow paced. We were hanging on hoping for redemption but the movie ended like a silent fart that lingered.
About right, another one that needs a hard wipe from memory.
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