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#624: Plot Is Overrated

September 12, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #623: If It Looks Like the Living Dead and Acts Like the Living Dead…

Kurt's comment about Joel Edgerton's character winning is basically straight from my girlfriend's mouth, and she did not see the movie, so it's not a spoiler.

I, however, did see Warrior and won't say whether or not that comment is accurate, but I will say that it was a really good movie — in spite of the inevitability of most of the story's plot points. I even got a little teary in a spot or two, but that's not really unusual when I'm enjoying a movie with well-rounded characters and a modicum of well-executed drama.

Here's the trailer:

Nick Nolte was amazing as Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy's reformed drunk of a father, and the two leads themselves were excellent, as well, as anyone who's seen either of them in other films would expect. Joel Edgerton was, as Jason says, great in the 2010 crime film Animal Kingdom. If you haven't seen it, it's fantastic, and well worth tracking down. Edgerton will also be seen in the upcoming prequel to The Thing. Called The Thing.

The film hasn't done well at the box office, because people seemed to be more interested in Contagion, but if you like boxing movies, you should check it out (not that Warrior is a boxing movie, but it leans heavily on those tropes).

(By the way, I saw Warrior with my friend — and former Boxcar Comics brother — Zach Miller of Joe and Monkey, and you should read his comic.)

Oh, and Jason is wearing a T-shirt sporting the logo for Twitch, one of the best movie news sites on the interwebz (hopefully they don't mind). Kurt's shirt is pretty obvious, I think. Just squint harder if you can't tell what it is; you've seen it before.

Anyway. So what'd you see this weekend, and what'd you think?


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Multiplex Movie Review: The Island (2005)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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This is  not as accessible to people who haven’t seen the movie as I like these reviews to be, but if you’re not familiar with The Island or Never Let Me Go at all, the premises are that clones are raised and educated as “spare parts” — which is just plain absurd. (The idea that such a thing would be allowed by any reasonable society made the premise impossible for me to swallow, except as a very far-fetched Twilight Zone-style scenario. At least in The Island, it was secret and illegal.)

An absurd premise isn’t a deal-breaker, though, really. But The Island never lets you go past its implausible premise, because it is constantly trying to explain how it all works in equally stupid ways, further compounded by Bay’s typical disregard for logic and continuity:

  • Once Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) learns the truth about their lives, he goes to the apartment of Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johannson) so they can escape. She greets him at the door by saying, “How sweet! You came to see me off” (I’m paraphrasing some of that)… yet their next scene, moments later, she is surprised and exclaims that he isn’t allowed in the female tower (as it’s called). This might be able to be explained away by some contrived explanation, but… the two moments feel completely incongruous.
  • The massive underground facility the clones are kept in is maintained by presumably hundreds of normal human employees (including Steve Buscemi, Sean Bean, and Yvette Nicole Brown’s characters) — complete with a showroom for ultra-rich potential clients. Yet Lincoln and Jordan emerge from it into desert with nothing around. No helicopter landing pad, no parking lot… nothing. We even see a helicopter landing pad later in the film, yet it is again nowhere to be seen at the very end of the movie.
  • Pursued by mercenaries, Lincoln and Jordan end up in a train station. The mercenaries open fire, killing Steve Buscemi, and a panic ensues inside the station… yet Lincoln and Jordan run onto the train with oblivious workers and passengers milling around calmly — and it then proceeds to leave the station as if no one has just gotten murdered… and arrives some time later in Los Angeles, without incident.

Minor or not, the sheer number of them just keep piling up. sigh

Anyway.

This is the last of the Multiplex Movie Reviews I’ll be sharing here in the Deleted Scenes blog for the near future. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!

Patreon patrons and Kickstarter backers will see more of these in their respective feeds come January — as well as the Multiplex: The Revenge bonus comics, of course. (There may even be a few movie review comics during the semester as time permits, but I can’t really promise anything. I’ve got A LOT of work to do for my thesis!)

EDIT: By the way, I wasn’t familiar with Parts: The Clonus Horror when I did this strip. (I don’t watch MST3K; I can’t bring myself to watch movies that shitty, even if there are incredibly funny motherfuckers talking over them.) But several people have told me about it since. These kinds of things are usually largely coincidental (or unintentional) — different people independently arrive at similar ideas all the time. $130 million movies generally don’t need to rip off obscure B-movie (or book, or comic book) plots when there are thousands of equally good ideas that they can legitimately use for less money than a settlement.

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