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Two movies, a contrast...
So, last week I went to see Aeon Flux. I meant to post about it, and just never got around to it. Sorry about that - I meant to warn all of you to STAY AWAY. The movie was bad enough that I was generally so annoyed I even found the gratuitous skin shots of Charlize to be, well, gratuitous and annoying. I mean, the world looked vaguely like Aeon Flux, but it lost all the chaotic, nonlinear charm. Oh, and WTF was up with the wind tunnel? No, it wasn't windy - but part of the underground-sneak-scene was filmed in a large wind tunnel. Specifically the corners of one - the tunnel is generally oval, kind of flattening out with a 45-degree angle, and large curved vanes in the stream. As an aero geek I kept being jarred by that. "There's a large wind tunnel in the basement of the government building?" Anyway, I found the movie pretty, but not worth seeing. Maybe rent it. Though it isn't a complete loss, it gave us this comic.

So then, yesterday I decided to go see Syriana. This is a good movie. I find it hard to describe, but it is a kind of fictionalized version of real events and the connections between the oil industry, political unrest in the gulf, religious fanaticism, terrorism, and the CIA. But that's not really a good description, because it is all interconnected. There is one scene that intensely squicked me involving fingernails and pliers, but it was effective in doing what it was meant to do. It is really a social commentary, which Clooney seems to really be getting into. The last thing I saw him in was Good Night, and Good Luck - which I still think everyone should see. Fantastic movie. Anyway, Syriana is a good film. It could've been paced a bit faster I think, tighter, but in a way I liked the slow unrolling of the plots as they intersect. There was kind of a building feeling of inevitability and dread. I think it is worth checking out.

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autumnesquirrel From: autumnesquirrel Date: December 13th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Aeon Flux

I wasn't familiar with the Aeon Flux comics and had a grand time with the movie. Hot chick, blowing things up, just a bit of social commentary to let you pretend the movie was about something other than women in tight clothing and blowing things up. Pleasing mindlessness.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: December 13th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Aeon Flux

I couldn't even enjoy it for that - I kept finding holes in the plot and the whole 'remembering past lives' thing just drove me nuts. And then the 'Oh, his life's work paid off - he's cured them! ... No, wait, nature just fixed itself, it was all pointless' pissed me off.

I also found the fight scenes hokie. I guess it just didn't work for me.

The sets were very nice - except for the damned wind tunnel - and the people were pretty. That's about it.
kadath From: kadath Date: December 13th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
As an aero geek I kept being jarred by that. "There's a large wind tunnel in the basement of the government building?"

I thought it was funny.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: December 13th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I might have if I wasn't already annoyed by the movie in general. As it was, it jumped out at me as being an 'oddly futuristic' location decision some scout made. "Oh, we'll use this wind tunnel! It is funky!"

I know, 99.99% of the population wouldn't notice because they don't know what the corners of a wind tunnel look like.
pfloyd From: pfloyd Date: December 13th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Syriana is directed by the same guy who did Traffic a few years back. He did it in the same style -- several stories that, at first, seem disconnected, but as you go further along you see that they, in fact, are connected. I'm keen on seeing it, but I think I'll be waiting until it's on HBO or another premium channel. Haven't been to a theatre for a movie since Hitchhiker's Guide came out.
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