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post #61 of 301
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Originally Posted by sb1 View Post

In my tv viewing circles, I've rarely seen it advertised.

Plus the advertising is weird, and it's released at a peculiar time for science fiction. Then again marketing always seems to have a hard time selling this type of flim (same issues with The Fountain).
post #62 of 301
Originally Posted by oink View Post

I'll take that bet....tongue.gif

Pay up.

post #63 of 301

In my tv viewing circles, I've rarely seen it advertised.

Plus the advertising is weird, and it's released at a peculiar time for science fiction. Then again marketing always seems to have a hard time selling this type of flim (same issues with The Fountain).

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Plus a major plot in the movie concerns the suppression of dangers of a nuclear plant and the plans of the oil companies to let it fail and thereby increase the use of oil. Just the sort of ideas our ruling masters don't particularly want brought up by the motion picture community.

Hence they just throw the film out there with minimal publicity and hope it just goes away. It's happened all the time throughout motion picture history, particularly since the collapse of the Hays Office censorship at the very end of the 1960's.
post #64 of 301
This was a strange combination of historical adventure drama, investigative thriller, historical costume drama, madcap comedy, mind-blowing SF movie, and dystopian SF movie. As in: I THINK there were six interwoven stories, some clearly linked together, and some that seemed like they might be or should be interconnected.

It was annoyingly long at times, and I squirmed and looked at my watch. The plot advanced at blinding speed sometimes, and I wanted a rewind button.

There was gory and rapid-paced violence, interspersed with liesurely scenic views, sudden and startling violence, love-making, supernatural characters, effective and convincing 27th Century tech, and futuristic vehicles that were more unconvincing style than function.

It could have been a mess. Much of it is a mess, I am convinced, no matter how many times you see it. Yet I will buy the disk, and watch it occasionally when I'm in the mood for puzzles.

Warnings for explicit throat-cutting violence and on-screen killings, explicitly expressed racism, explicit sex and nudity, and beaucoups makeup effects that often worked and sometimes annoyingly did not.
post #65 of 301
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When I saw the preview for this film my biggest concern was that it wouldn't live up to the high standard set. My opinion is that it exceeded the trailers. The flow is terrific and the story moves fast. Three hours can be really long with a large soda but the flow doesn't let up and taking a break wasn't an option for me. If you can follow Inception you'll find this easier and in many ways more fulfilling. All the connections are not tied together tight other than by love and in many cases by evil or at least by a status quo that accepts and maintains cruel conditions. Actors playing several characters neither proved distracting or took away from the flow or the story arcs. Sure, you'll see through the makeup most of the time, but so what? The actors are excellent, the stories engaging. If recognizing an actor in a part is a distraction, then what movie with well known actors can one enjoy? My only comment of negativity is that you need to try and forget some trailer scenes as they can serve as spoilers. Finally, my wife told me after that we need to pick up the Bluray. This is a first for a movie that we just watched. For big budget, independent movies that get away from the Hollywood formula to be bankrolled, they need to have decent box office numbers. Hopefully, it fairs better than last week but the storm may have wiped out that possibility.
post #66 of 301
I finally saw it today.

I loved every minute of it. It was very moving at times. A few words that stay in my head ater viewing it, hope, determination, fight, survival, death, love. I don't think the film is pretentious as I've read a few times, I think it's ambitious. At long last, I was glad to see Halle Berry in a performance that reminds us why she's considered a great actress. But it's not just her, they were all very good, starting with Tom Hanks an the exquisite Doona Bae. Although I knew (sort of) what to expect, there were some surprising twists as well. This will be a day 1 purchase on Blu-ray. I really loved this film.
post #67 of 301
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Originally Posted by Morpheo View Post

I finally saw it today.
I loved every minute of it. It was very moving at times. A few words that stay in my head ater viewing it, hope, determination, fight, survival, death, love. I don't think the film is pretentious as I've read a few times, I think it's ambitious. At long last, I was glad to see Halle Berry in a performance that reminds us why she's considered a great actress. But it's not just her, they were all very good, starting with Tom Hanks an the exquisite Doona Bae. Although I knew (sort of) what to expect, there were some surprising twists as well. This will be a day 1 purchase on Blu-ray. I really loved this film.

I feel the same way. From moment to moment, I had no idea what was coming next. People lament the lack of originality in today’s films - - - - And when one comes along, no one goes. I guess we get the originality and risk taking we deserve. frown.gif
post #68 of 301
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Originally Posted by MarshallW View Post

People lament the lack of originality in today’s films - - - - And when one comes along, no one goes.

Indeed. What a shame! I hope it does well overseas... I'd gladly go see it a second time.
post #69 of 301
This is sure to be a big cult item. It seems it may take a little time. Remember a great deal of its target audience now waits until the optical media is issued for home consumption.
post #70 of 301
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Originally Posted by Shaded Dogfood View Post

This is sure to be a big cult item. It seems it may take a little time. Remember a great deal of its target audience now waits until the optical media is issued for home consumption.

of course but it needs to be seen on a big screen at least once imo.
post #71 of 301
Yes, this is one of those rare movies that absolutely deserves to be seen on the biggest screen, with the biggest sound, possible. I didn't begrudge a penny of the $10 I spent on the ticket.
post #72 of 301
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

with the biggest sound, possible.

Speaking of which, the music was fantastic. I'm going to buy the CD as soon as I finish work later this afternoon (what am I doing at work on a saturday anyway !?!?!!>!?^&%^&$%!^$! wink.gifsmile.gif)
post #73 of 301
The music score was certainly top notch.

For me the film was uneven. I am not really certain this was a smart move, financially, since it's such a high risk concept and from the looks of things, the film's backers are going to take a bath.

The futuristic segments were sensational. I really got into them and feel as though they could have made one super epic 105 minute movie from that story.

My only real complaint is the obvious and distracting race-changing makeup. At times it was not only not convincing, it pulled me out of the movie.

That is all.
Edited by Matt_Stevens - 11/13/12 at 9:34am
post #74 of 301
Well I'm glad some people actually enjoyed this movie. I had such high expectations and LOVE those types of themes (connected souls, parallel worlds, reincarnation, karma etc) but I was sorely disappointed in the chaotic manner in which it was presented. In fact, my main fear when leaving the theater... if reincarnation is indeed real... I may actually be unfortunate enough to have to live through watching this crap again in another life! Noooooooooooooo! ;-)
post #75 of 301
I enjoyed the film, though it didn't exactly knock my socks off. BTW, where is the pause button in these theaters? My bladder was feeling the 2 hours 44 minute length. Remember when they used to have "intermissions?" Never mind, I guess that dates me. tongue.gif
post #76 of 301
Many of you know how many films I see in the theater, which is to say, a bunch. Nevertheless, I could not bear to sentence myself to 172 minutes watching a film that even the critics who liked it thought uneven and sometimes vague. I may regret it, but I'm going to have to rely on the opinions of you who see it to assess its quality.
post #77 of 301
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Originally Posted by gwsat View Post

Many of you know how many films I see in the theater, which is to say, a bunch. Nevertheless, I could not bear to sentence myself to 172 minutes watching a film that even the critics who liked it thought uneven and sometimes vague. I may regret it, but I'm going to have to rely on the opinions of you who see it to assess its quality.

Yeah. Not a movie for that extra large soda biggrin.gif I will be buying it when it's released on BluRay. I believe it's a pretty good flick. Better than the box office is indicating. It will be nice to watch with the ability to pause when necessary and that will probably be more necessary if the obligatory "Director's Cut" adds scenes.
post #78 of 301
FYI, I had a small soda. wink.gif
post #79 of 301
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

FYI, I had a small soda. wink.gif

A "small" soda from a movie theater concession stand is about 30 liters. smile.gif
post #80 of 301
I have not paid for a soda in a theater this century. The prices are insane and with my bladder, it's not worth the risk of extreme pain sitting through a movie due to said soda making me want to pee. eek.gif
post #81 of 301
Yup, the prices are outrageous but as rare as I go to see a movie I don't mind spending on the over-priced amenities because it helps keep that theater open. We all know they don't make that much from the studios.
post #82 of 301
What a great movie. Can't wait for it to become the one I stop and finish when I catch it on TV.
post #83 of 301
As noted in my first post to this thread, I decided not to see Cloud Atlas in the theater. I have read such good things about David Mitchell's 2004 novel upon which the film is based, though, that that I got the book. Haven't read it yet but will soon. If I really like the book then will definitely see the film
post #84 of 301
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Originally Posted by gwsat View Post

As noted in my first post to this thread, I decided not to see Cloud Atlas in the theater. I have read such good things about David Mitchell's 2004 novel upon which the film is based, though, that that I got the book. Haven't read it yet but will soon. If I really like the book then will definitely see the film

Ill definitley wait till it hits blu ray to watch this.
post #85 of 301
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Originally Posted by gwsat View Post

If I really like the book then will definitely see the film
What if the movie is BETTER than the book?confused.gif
post #86 of 301
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What if the movie is BETTER than the book?confused.gif
Metacritic says 50% and I saw lens flares in the movie.
post #87 of 301
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Needs a lot of rentals and buys just to break even. It's about $20M in the red and with the time value of money it may never break even. Pretty much kills big budget independents.
post #88 of 301
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Originally Posted by billybobg View Post

Needs a lot of rentals and buys just to break even. It's about $20M in the red and with the time value of money it may never break even. Pretty much kills big budget independents.

I think it might even be more than $20 million... Budget was rumored to be in the 100 million range, but that didn't include marketing. What a shame, this film deserved a much better fate imo.
post #89 of 301
I guess they should have hired Chris Hardwick to pimp it and #hashtag superfan it.

I still loved it. Bought the soundtrack too.
post #90 of 301
Will be a blind buy for me, unless I catch it at the cineplex.
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