Originally Posted by emcdade
The character development in this movie was awful. I simply did not care if either Clooney or Bullock died in the film, because I had no reason to. No emotional investment. The only attempt to add depth to Bullock's character was a cheesy cliche of the death of her daughter who we never see.
I'll stop beating a dead horse, the story was very thin, and was a total letdown compared to the fantastic cinematography.
Sound: My first experience with Dolby Atmos. Saw this in Regal RPX and it was hands down the best sound I've heard at the theater. I think this had more to do with the speakers used, which sounded very natural and did not exhibit the thin and shrill sound I'm used to hearing at a common theater, or the loud and strained/distorted sound at our local IMAX which plays movies at ear splitting levels. Atmos did have a very full 3D sound field.
3D: While well done in this movie, the image was still too dim. This was with a brand new digital projector. Also, there were numerous objects moving blurrily along in 3D that only served to break the immersion. Current technology in projectors and plasma can give a 2D image so much depth and punch that 3D is just a moot point. I guess that is just my stance on 3D in general, not the movie. I just don't see that it adds anything of value to the film.
TLDR: Beauty is only skin deep with this movie. Great cinematography and effects, but a very thin story with little suspense and practically no character development.
It is a movie about survival. Thankfully there are no visual flashbacks. IMAX 3D
is significantly different than the 3D Dolby Atmos version
, but not in content. Because of the size of the screen and depending upon where one is sitting and the brightness factor, the image of IMAX
can be overwhelming, almost filling one's visual field. With the use of 3D
, there is a clear feeling of actually being there. The audio with Dolby Atmos
is simply superb with discrete pin-point imaging all around the viewer, floating in space. This is one movie that benefits from seeing in two different formats, if one wants to see and hear the full picture. This may actually turn out to be the movie of the year.