I want the time back that I spent watching The Village.
If it had been promoted as a suspense film, or mystery, or even drama- anything but a horror flick.... hmmm that might not save it either. It was not scary, not particularly gory (only one scene, but that was actually pretty chilling in it's quiet simplicity), and the symbolism M. Night loves to employ is really getting stale. I can't bash much more without spoilers :P
*Sigh* I know a director can't win them all, but this was just ridunculous. Too bad really, I like some of his work very well. I hope my faith is redeemed on the next outing.
1 point in favor- Adrien Brody did a great job and deserves recognition for his performance(remember the one chilling scene I mentioned? eek). Everybody else... well, they didn't have much to work with lol. Good concept, poor execution.
It did great at the BO because I think everybody(including me) was duped by the hype. If the screening I went to was any indication, save your money and wait for the free tv showing. The majority of the audience left grumbling and feeling cheated.
Regarding Dune, and sci fi adapted to film in general: The books are almost always better than the movie, aren't they(unless the book is adapted from film -ick- lol). I've read Herbert(both Frank and son Brian) since I was a kid. Love em. It was cool to see somebody try to make Dune a movie- but what an impossible undertaking, considering the detail and scope of the writing(all that inner monologue, ack). The Sci-fi remake was flashier and sexier, but still didn't quite capture the essence for me even though it was what? 6-8 hours long?
Maybe they should get Peter Jackson to take a crack at it, he did pretty good with Lord of the Rings...ok, that's a discourse best saved for another time.
I still watched em all lol. *shrug* I'm a sci-fi junkie, I admit it.
Next post: I, Robot perhaps?