November 29, 2013
Entertaining, but, not unlike the first installment, well short of its potential.
The book, the story, is an eco-political allegory about the 95% who control the wealth and the media. But the movie makers apparently decided to Hollywoodize it to sell tickets to more and offend less. So, like the first one, it glosses over the deeper political messages and focuses on adventure and romance. It hides from its own central message even more than "Avatar" did, but at least with "Avatar" an intelligent person could read between the lines, here they're obscured.. It was a good movie, but just another action flic., which is a shame because its truer value is more needed now than ever. And whereas the first installment could, for the most part, stand on its own, this one was incomplete and brazenly invited its sequel. Ultimately, it was about appealing to the widest audience, particularly children and teens, not exercising true artistic and ethical integrity. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it as a film. But the books were far more than yet another survival story.
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