Friday night I did something that I never do - I saw a major motion picture on opening night. I'm not too sure when the last time I did that was. Honestly, it may have been The Blair Witch Project. But I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic stuff like this. Blade Runner, Mad Max, A Boy and His Dog, Planet of the Apes (original version, natch), Waterworld... Steel Magnolias. All good stuff.
So, I soldiered through the throngs of awkward first-date couples, faux-gangsta teens and the random shut-in to get a great seat, front and center. The previews were OK... nothing stood out as a must-see. And the crowd was actually well-mannered and quiet.
The Film: While a bit overt and heavy-handed at times, overall it was very well-done. Representing an environment gone to shit is a tough challenge. Usually, it is easy to pick out where the set designers piled too much trash in one corner, the extras in the back are too perfectly dispersed and burning cars are just a bit too strategic. But the illusion of chaos was successful portrayed with only a couple instances of fractured presentation.
The plot is sound - all too likely I would say - and many of today's issues (controversial laws, brutal political ideologies, the drift towards military rule and fervant religious escapism) are all but jammed into your eye balls and are impossible to ignore. And difficult to separate from today's increasingly violent and militant devolving standards.
Movie of the Year? Nah... to edgy and depressing. MY Movie of the Year? Probably.
This fellow liked it enough to piece together clips and reviews into a nice extended preview of the film. The soundtrack to this summary, however, is shite.
Feel free to join the grassroots movement to force the Academy to give it more than a shallow nod.