Year Released: 2002
Main Stars: Tom Cruise, Max Von Sydow
Last watched: November 2014
Review Date: November 2014
Number Watches: 3
Format Watched: DVD
“Can you see?”
“Is it now?”
Such a good movie. Yes, it’s Scifi but it’s also a mystery thriller and the tech, though impressive and well rounded, is only there are a sort of paperclip, you know, the thing you need to use in a very practical sense but don’t really notice. I read somewhere that the film is actually a modern film-noir with all the blue shades and yep, that works for me.
Even now, a decade on, the computer-gizmos aren’t too far out. Ok, there’s a bit where someone has to pass a physical object from one side of the room to another just to transfer a file but apart from that, this is a real world with understandable and sensible scifi bits. Also, it’s not taken over by the futuristic aspects, there’s a real story in here that includes a society trying to mediate itself, cops with problems, loss of freedom and the attempt to understand what freewill actually means.
Tom is great. I have many reservations about his solid, assured acting style but when it works, it really works and here it does just that. Max is like Donald Sutherland, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan; he has respect, charm and a solid leader quality the minute he appears. The other cast members are marvellous as well and all fill out their three dimensional characters with vigour.
In all, there’s not much than a handful of tech quips and I have often thought about the wavey-hand-int-the-air system since the film was brought out. It’s a bit like being back before remote controls for TVs were invented; you know it’s a good idea and something you never knew you wanted!
Scifi and thriller peeps will like this one.
DVD Extras: I got the cheapo DVD so nothing else on it.
Watch if on TV?
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog. Was outside the registry office for ages thinking about marrying this movie but in the end, no. I don’t want to spoil a sweet affair.