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Worst 3D movie
After setting up for 3D at a theater I sort of run, and then setting one up in my home, I embarked on buying lots of 3D Blu Rays. I've watched a lot of good and not so good movies and have loads more to watch. But the other day I watched Metalstorm, The Destruction of Jared-Syn. Some of the 3D was fine, but all through the film were strange and painful 3D scenes where you simply couldn't focus and had to close one eye.
It wasn't just the 3D that was bad though. It takes place on some alien world, where the main character is trying to destroy another lame character. I'm a guy who lives by the motto "the secret to happiness is to have low standards". Still, they weren't low enough. The acting. Hmm. Keeping your eyes wide open to indicate surprise or awe only works if you don't do it through the whole movie. And he was the best actor. The acting example that came closest was those 1960s marionette shows, like Supercar if you remember that. I kept looking for the strings.
Special effects, well, it was a 1983 movie so I didn't expect much, but enough with the laser blasts. He drove what appeared to be the result of a Volkswagen Bug matting with a small Hummer. I guess they couldn't afford a door so the way in and out was via the window. We watched him drive through a camera that must have been duct taped to the dashboard since he and whatever passenger was traveling with him would bounce around like the road was made of rocks. All while his eyes were wide open. Too much coffee maybe. Every time they got back into the car to drive somewhere, back to the dashboard view. Bounce around some more.
He must have been a good driver though since he kept forcing pursuing cars off the road and down a cliff where they burst into flame. Over and over. Well, maybe it was just one car smashing down the cliff over and over. The son of the man he was after would ride shotgun on a car pursuing him. Never doing anything like shooting at him, just standing on the jumpseat. He had an expression on his face but I couldn't tell what it was supposed to convey.
Closed captions. I tend toward deafness so I generally have them on. They usually work ok on 3D movies but sometimes a scene or two will be difficult - particularly in ocean nature specials. That actually wasn't a problem on this movie unless the 3D was just being awful in general, but I could do without "melodramatic orchestral music" or "eerie orchestral music".
I should have turned it off but I just kept watching in horror.
On the other hand, I watched Gods of Egypt tonight. I liked that one and it worked well in 3D. Another unexpectedly good flick was Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters. It got crappy reviews but I like Marvel type movies and this came pretty close. Hansel is actually Hawkeye from the Avengers. I thought it was funny and the almost non-stop action worked well in 3D. Spoiler alert - I'm not really giving anything away, but you know when they string wire through the trees in the forest that something is going to hit them, and watching the witches on broomsticks explode into gobs of flesh that fly by on both sides of you is using 3D well.
Ok, I read through the "best 3d movie threads", bought many of them, and figured I'd started a worst thread. Have at it.