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It's like something William Gibson might have written for the original series; the future has arrived, and it's been unevenly distributed in IMF's favor.
From its opening moments, it's obvious that writer Ben Ripley and director Duncan Jones enjoy this disorientation. Some viewers, especially those who don't read science fiction or have never seen an episode of The Twilight Zone
or The Outer Limits
, will not share that enjoyment, but many others will, and will enjoin fully Source Code
's central conceit: a person can be sent into another person's body for the last eight minutes of his life. In this case, Captain Colter Stevens enters the body of a school teacher bound for Chicago to determine the identity of the train's bomber and prevent the bombing of a second target. And he must go back each time, eight minutes before the explosion, until he identifies the bomber.
How much you enjoy Drive Angry
will depend a great deal on how much you enjoy Roger Corman. Or maybe not. Granted, this high octane mélange of The Dunwich Horror
, The Fast and the Furious
and The Wild Angels
never achieves the sublime B-movie pleasures of its obvious inspirations nor salvages the reputation of Nicolas Cage. Even when you realize how cheesy it is, you cannot help but realize that it's the kind cheese that comes out of a can: highly processed, bright yellow, tasting of something grown in a vat rather than having ever seen the innards of a cow, and with absolutely no nutritional value.
And so we approach the end of Harry Potter's bildungsroman
. For most fans, I'm sure Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
will be somewhat bittersweet; for nearly a decade, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) have traversed the streets of Diagon Alley, dutifully studied their spells at Hogwarts, and played their fair share of Quidditch...and still managed to find the Philosopher's Stone, unlock the Chamber of Secrets, and drink deeply from the Goblet of Fire. (They have also apprenticed under such fine actors as Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Gary Oldman, Kenneth Branagh and Ralph Fiennes.) Fans may revisit these moments, but the journey is finite, and is approaching its close.
Well, why not? As Dave Livewski (Aaron Johnson) muses with his friends in the too hip Atomic Comics shop with his friends at the beginning of Kick-Ass
, with all of the superhero comics available, with comic book heroes finding themselves in hundred-million-dollar features every major movie season and developing a cachet of cool that, frankly, did not exist when I filled Dave Livewski's shoes more than twenty-five years ago (hell, I pretty much was
Dave Livewski in high school), why hasn't somebody just put on a costume and become a superhero? His friends Marty (Clark Duke) and Todd (Evan Peters) lay it out easily: superpowers don't exist, and heroes without powers, like Batman, need enormous amounts of capital. (There's also the fact that comic book readers tend to understand that what they are reading is in fact fantasy.) But it doesn't stop Dave from ordering a green and yellow wetsuit online and deciding to become the hero Kick-Ass.