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Remake, Reboot, Recycle (spoiler version)

April 19, 2013

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #58: Familiarity Breeds Contentment

UPDATE (4/21): As explained in a comment over on the spoiler-free side, I hadn’t seen Oblivion when I first wrote this strip. Jason’s opinion was synthesized from a handful of reviews that all pretty much agreed about the film. (Multiplex is fiction, not a review comic.)

I saw the film tonight, and while I enjoyed it for the most part, it’s prettier than it is smart. The story does feel like entirely too much of a mash-up of WALL•E, Moon, The Matrix (and The Matrix: Revolutions), and 2001: A Space Odyssey, plus some smaller elements from other movies — Planet of the Apes, Solaris, Independence Day… I could go on, but it added up to a kind of frustrating experience.

Some corny scripting and thin characterization didn’t help, either, though the actors did their best, and director Joe Kosinski kept things fun to look at.


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