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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 12)

As I’ve done before, here are my quick takes on the genre-related films I’ve watched in the last few weeks.

  • Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief (2010) – Standard Hero’s Journey fare augmented with decent special effects and updated mythology. Bonus points for (hopefully) getting the young one interested in mythology and/or reading the book.
  • 2012 (2009) – One unbelievable narrow escape after another not only tests suspension of disbelief, it shoots it out of the sky with scientifically inaccurate surface-to-air missiles.
  • Repo Men (2010) – A poor adaptation of Eric Garcia’s wonderful book, The Repossession Mambo; inadequate world building and a bit slow paced, though I must admit to liking the ending.
  • The Road (2009) – Having read the book, I knew this would be a slow moving, post-apocalyptic vehicle. But like the book, there was little to impress the sf fan who has seen this type of thing before.
  • Iron Man 2 (2010) – Even when you don’t consider how enjoyable Iron Man was, this was just terrible. A story that never seemed to get above a crawl, action sequences that favored aesthetics over logic, and — worst of all – it’s jut not fun.
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7 Comments on Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 12)

  1. Agreed.  I fell asleep watching Iron Man 2.

  2. Re: 2012

    “One unbelievable narrow escape after another…”

    Funny. That’s exactly why I liked it. Plus, they blow’d stuff up good.

    Your standards are too high, John. 2012 was undiluted garbage of the highest caliber. Embrace the crap!


  3. Percy Jackson better than The Road.

    I just realized I need to unsubscribe to SF Signal feed.

  4. Actually IM2 was fun, it just wasn’t a great story.  Much like Avatar.  Both were fun movies.

    Inception (on the other hand) was a great story that wasn’t really “fun” but was very intriguing to watch.  And yes, 2012 was pure shlock, but I obviously didn’t take it as seriously as many people as I got some enjoyment out of how ridiculous it was.

  5. Iron Man 2 the same rating as 2012? Are you serious?

  6. >>Percy Jackson better than The Road.

    >>Iron Man 2 the same rating as 2012?

    Similar star ratings indicate comparable viewing experiences.  Of this batch of films, I enjoyed Percy Jackson the most.  After watching both 2012 and Iron Man 2, I wished I hadn’t wasted the time.

  7. Atypically, I must differ with you on The Road. The book was less about the post-apocalypse (read:genre) and more about the relationship between the man and his son in a (literally) dog-eat-dog world. The book was phenomenal, especially with its sparse language / dialog as a metaphor for the barren, dead world in which the two main characters must struggle to live. (If it can even be called “living.”) The movie did an excellent job of translating the book to screen.

    One of my favorite books (definitely in my Top 10). Not one of my favorite movies, but a good one and a faithful interpretation. Viggo brought his A-game for sure.

    My 1/50th.

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