I went in expecting this to be a total bomb scare of a movie and I actually enjoyed it. There's a fair amount of crappy CGI but a few excellent scenes. Lots of references to potential other movies but given that its crashing in hindenberg proportions at the box office then there might not be any others. Didn't know that Russell Crowe was [SPOILER - highlight to read]: Jekyll & Hyde in this which was a pleasant surprise.
I just saw it and yeah, I tend to agree with this. There are some fun sequences particularly at the beginning, like the opening in Iraq and the plane sequence. The first 3rd was fun to me but it sort of dissolves into everything revolving around Tom Cruise and with some awkward shifts in tone/humor. It's ultimately too silly to take seriously and not silly enough to be self-aware and fun. There is some surprisingly dark imagery, and nice use of light and shadow and color for dramatic effect, but there are also some awkward shifts in tone that I think are attempts at humor. The beginning was more promising than the rest of the film delivered I thought.
It's still relatively fun to sit through to kill 2 hours, but I'm definitely glad I didn't give this any money at the box office.
This is a pretty hilarious dismantling of the film and Tom Cruise as a movie star.
It's pretty much what I suspected from the looks of the trailers and everything, which is why I neglected to support it at the box office. It's a pathetic attempt to start some Marvel-esque universe in the World market that actually just alienates horror fans who might actually be interested in these classic movie monsters getting a decent resurrection. I agree, it would have been a good idea to scale the budget back and do some legit horror movies instead of goofy action films.
Last edited by Patient_Leech on Aug 7th, 2017 at 01:04 PM
Violence isn't the issue, it's anything having to do with spirits, and a lot of supernatural elements.
I'd have to search for the article again, but some of the people working on the film said they had China in mind the whole way through, and even tweaked a lot of the dialogue so it's easier to translate into Chinese.