Okay, let me lose a bunch of my readers quickly and cleanly:
I thought The Matrix was a lousy movie. All flash and little substance, and the little substance present was indelibly marred by plot holes and inconsistencies larger than what you’d find a giant’s mound of swiss cheese.
What really bothered me, though, was the mix of (crappy) sci-fi + frenetic action. Channeling Reeses: “You put sci-fi in my action!” “You put action in my sci-fi!” Some would think it’s all good. Me, though… I find it wholly unsatisfying.
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Yesterday, I watched Minority Report. While considerably better than The Matrix, IMHO, it still was — in the end — at least a mildly frustrating experience for me. Why must sci-fi ALWAYS be combined with chases and guns and stopwatches such? Isn’t there even a fraction of the moviegoing public who will sit for two hours to watch a film that’s more thoughtful and challenging than explosive and urgent?
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I grew up reading almost every Asimov book and short story I could get my hands on. Arthur C. Clarke, too (and not just 2001). I savored the complex questions, scientific and ethical dilemmas raised, and now yearn for films that run towards these issues head-on instead of masking or avoiding them in long chase sequences.
As you can imagine, I’ve refused to see the insulting blasphemy that is I, Robot. Will Smith. Blech. Fine for Independence Day (because with that film, I went in for the action and came out entertained and happy), but for a film adapted from an Asimov book? Puleeaze.
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Anyone else agree with me? Know of any sci-fi films that I should definitely check out?