in flight movies
December 3, 2010
Flying internationally in the modern world is so awesome because you get your own little TV on the seat back in front of you, with a whole movie and TV library to select from. (Versus the days when everybody in the cabin had to watch the same movie on the screen up front…) On my past trip, I decided to watch a couple of movies that I wouldn’t pay money up front to watch.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
This had some nice ideas that I really liked. The main character is a physics student, and magic is described as being a (mystical, of course) manipulation of matter on an atomic level, which makes the main character particularly suited for his destiny. Too bad he’s such a whining annoying git. The film had some nice action set pieces, that made no sense in terms of the plot. There wasn’t a plot so much as action set pieces strung together haphazardly. When did this become the standard mode of action movie storytelling? Oh, and once again: we do not need an opening flashback/voice over explaining the back story if one of the characters is going to explain the entire back story halfway through the movie! Stop doing this!
You know, I really loved this for the first forty minutes or so. Competent characters figuring stuff out. Alien planetscapes. Bloody hideousness. Then…I completely lost the story about halfway through, about when our intrepid heroes discovered crazy Laurence Fishburne. Now, this may be because the sound was bad. It may be because I was on my second mini-bottle of wine. But I could not for the life of me figure out what was going on through the second half. Everybody died messily. But you know, I was expecting that. And then the doctor (and to think I thought it was so clever, the Predators gave them a doctor to keep them alive longer!) turned out to be a serial killer? Huh?