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Total Recall (1990)

Total Recall is a 1990 science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger was loosely based on the story by Philip K. 561 more words

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“I love your mom’s cookies.”

Where to start with this movie?

More candidly referred to as “that spicy new JLo movie,” “The Boy Next Door” is like if “Fatal Attraction” and “Fear” had a rapey, incestuous child that could only physically be represented by the baby from “Eraserhead.” It’s fundamentally flawed on just about every single level, but it’s literally impossible… 2,380 more words

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Total Recall (1990) - 記憶與自我的科幻經典

意想不到與The Matrix有那麼多相似之處,更意想不到出處是如此一部作品(開場與Interstellar像極了!想來這作品衍生和影響定必很強大!機場和各種外星人又讓人想起Men in Black!滴汗又會想到Inception)。這部科幻作品雖然科學比較兒戲,但其所基於的小說卻有不俗的科幻想像,而電影亦嘗試以科幻探討資本主義,也算是可觀。

我也同樣覺察到電影異常暴力的風格。主角雖然帶著暴力、不道德的肉身,但已接受並秉持著「先知」囑託的當下行動決定自我(這個idea不是甚麼新東西,但在情節已然致敬下,連這個場口的虛實都抄了(的確不少雷同場面,Matrix也是處理得較出色),有點過份),怎麼還會幹下許多暴行?人家阻你一下,便把人推下樓梯…醜化黑人(而且那黑人決不應有此深仇大恨),還用極可怕的蒙太奇虐殺(英雄和歹角的分界在哪?)。升降機斷手絕無必要,立即使我回想Saw的某些續集場面…侏儒、三胸明顯是Freak Show啟發,其至情至性尚可與其低俗相抵。主角對叛軍的關係和情感真是很薄弱(相聚很短、沒怎交流、逃出後其實是為解放所有人而行動,也沒怎刻意關懷缺氧的lower class),其所謂正義也失去理據,很難明白他忽如其來的巨大正義感和勇氣。若說他志在冒險和美女可說得通,但他又似在看見汗下一刻已有了明確的信念,即使最後一句補充虛實並存,也成了一句戲言而已。這相比沒有證據(其實滴汗也不是充分證據,但主角明顯信了),保持經驗真偽難辯的衝突反而可挖得更深,就如Fight Club支撐到後期(結局一幕兩者也很相像!)。

Total Recall放棄了很多可堪玩味的走向,又起用了只能暴力,不能演繹內在衝突的生力啤,很是失色。Remake係值得的,可是不知怎麼沒改的好,經典自必不能仿,想來鹿兒還長著角,當真無奈。新版有Bryan Cranston用Colin Farrell,但動作科幻走向只是搞特技,據Trailer見,完全無心在故事和主題下心思、刪除有特色的太空時像,變成普通未來…注定失敗。

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The Shot Behind the Shot: Hollow Man (2000)

Kevin Bacon and Gone Girl’s Kim Dickens on the set of Hollow Man (2000) in a Before/After visual effects comparison from the frontier days of green-suited CGI. 41 more words

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Starship Troopers (1997)

3.5/4

By now, pretty much everyone with half a brain cell is aware that Starship Troopers is meant to be a satire. What everyone still isn’t sure about is whether the film is good satire or not. 90 more words

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