Written April 30, 2016
A decent movie to burn 2 hours in. Not a really fast paced movie and is completely different than the book. If you only like shoot-em-up's don't waste your time. If you enjoy a decent story, give it a shot.
Written June 24, 2016
I did not hate this movie as much as I should have, but I am definitely not its target audience. The film starts out as a decent sci-fi thriller, but Stephenie Meyer robs the momentum of her story by having the body consist of a teen romance-drama that unfolds mostly inside a giant cave. Meyer does find a convoluted , yet intriguing, way to shoehorn the mandatory youth love triangle into the mix. The snail pacing of the majority of this film makes it somewhat tedious to sit through.
However, Saoirse Ronan is a talented and winsome actress. She's not given too much to work with, but she does make her scenes watchable. Diane Kruger appears to have a little more fun than everyone else playing the ruthless "seeker" villain. And director Andrew Niccol's colorful expansive scenic cinematography keeps things visually interesting.
I also now covet an all-chrome Lotus Evora. Kudos to the film's product placement managers!
Written June 25, 2016
I loved the movie. I read the book a few years ago and was wondering how they would do the internal voices as most of the book was in Melanie/Wanda's thought conversations and memory revealing. I went with 3 people that did not read it first and one that did. Seems you probably enjoy it more if you read the book because you understand the story better, but the 3 that did not read it enjoyed it too. My son just didn't like that there wasn't a lot of action, he's 12 :) and wanted to see GI Joe.
Overall an entertaining break from the everyday movie. I have been recommending it to my friends! I would say GO
Written March 29, 2013
For most people, stifling laughter will be hard while watching this film. It's not a comedy though. Due to a most unique screenplay which uses voice over with actual dialog simultaneously while using the same character, frankly the effect is just plain comical in some places. So much so in fact that I witnessed at least three people leave the theater because they just couldn't stop laughing. I'll give the screenwriter credit for experimentation, that's for sure. The talent can only do what's on the page, so the end result really isn't their fault. Meyers has a rich imagination but the adaptation of this book is not deep or mildly enticing in this format. All-in-all this isn't a terrible movie, just not one that will appeal first, to any male audience (including the gay males) and second, to anyone whose funny bone is easily activated by debatably cheesy dialog over action over voice over dialog....on and on and on. See it though if for no other reason than its unique awfulness.
Written February 12, 2016
I took a gaggle of giggle tweens to the premiere last night. That seems to be the demographic. The film itself is "meh" as a work of art. The scifi effects were surprisingly unimaginative. There was really no climax to the film, just lots of love triangle dabbling. I did not read the book, although my daughter loved it.
It is a pretty innocent film, although the previews that played before it were, in some cases, terrifying!
Thanks, Hollywood, for another try. This time it probably meets the mark for the maturing Beiber set. Only.