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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 22): NEXT / The Amazing Spider-Man / The Dark Knight Rises

Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.

My brief thoughts follow…

  • Next (2007) – Nicholas Cage stars as a man who can see two minutes into his own future. A great premise pulled from Philip K. Dick’s story “The Golden Man”, and used to decent effect, even though the relationship between Cage and Jessica Biel’s character is too quickly formed and the ending is a bit of a bait-and-switch.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) – I went in with low expectations and a sense of “too soon since the last one”. However, they changed up the mythos enough to make it interesting and fun, and seeing a new villain was fresh, too.
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – There were some weird inexplicable plot choices that prevented the trilogy from having a strong finish. (Like the original Star Wars trilogy, this is an exceptin to the “weak middle story” trend of trilogies.) I was dubious going in about Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, but was pleasantly surprised. Counterpoint: Bane sounded like a caricature. Overall a good film, though.
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2 Comments on Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 22): NEXT / The Amazing Spider-Man / The Dark Knight Rises

  1. The relationship and the ending killed Next for me.

    The Amazing Spider-Man felt way too much grimdark, and as Patrick Hester can attest, seems to be dragging in all-new baggage for the Spiderman franchise that I am not thrilled with (The Clone Saga).

    As far as Dark Knight Rises…Bane didn’t work well, problems with pacing and plotting, and don’t get me started on that football game. A team from Rapid City playing Gotham? REALLY?

  2. I have yet to see Next, which is inexplicable all this time later. I couldn’t bring myself to see the new Spiderman given the issues you spoke of. It is just far too soon for a reboot.

    I enjoy The Dark Knight rises. It isn’t a movie I have rushed out to buy or rent, I haven’t had a hankering to see it again, but there was a lot to like. And I too wondered about Anne Hathaway but I was really pleased with her in the role and the way they wrote the role.

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