Written May 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 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 January 28, 2015
I loved this movie it was so good im so excited for the sequals to come out ahhh! I really enjoyed this sucha nice story for this generation to hear.
Written September 03, 2015
I'm a massive fan of Stephanie Meyers books. This was by far her best book written and the movie DESTROYED it! Yes it stayed true to the story for the most part, leaving some things out as most book-movies have to do. But the intensity of the 'love triangle' was so ridiculous that it had my friends and i laughing. The use of inspirational, orchestral music was so over done that I felt like i was watching a trailer the whole way through. The script was so bad that there was no way for the actors to make the conversations look good, or in any way realistic and there was absolutely no (intentional) comic relief to scene after scene of intense conversations. I give it a 2/10, one out of respect for Stephanie Meyer, and one because the guys were hot.
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.