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Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Dec 27th, 2017 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Being a huge fan of "District 9" and actor Sharlto Copley, as well as having been entertained by Die Antwoord's music videos, I REALLY wanted to like this movie.

What a let down...ugh!

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Dec 27th, 2017 10:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

I know this is an old release. I was looking forward to seeing it when it came out but was warned off by a friend. Watched it a couple days ago on NetFlix. The effects were fine and a couple big names (Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver) signed on, but how the script ever got the "go ahead" is beyond me.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Dec 27th, 2017 11:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

"...and a couple big names..."

Doesn't seem you can put much stock in that anymore.
I think the actors of today will sign to nearly anything as long as they their gazillion dollar paycheck.

Even some talented actors I respect have done some pretty turd films in recent years.

re: Chappie, yeah pretty meh.


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Dec 27th, 2017 11:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Die Antwoord definitely have a style. But building a movie around the rap duo to tell a story that starts with the Robocop concept? They tried to increase appeal by throwing in a few Hollywood names, but I can't imagine box office would exceed production costs on a turkey like this.

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Dec 28th, 2017 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's the other thing.

Killer robots from conference table microphones

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Dec 28th, 2017 09:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Some of the user reviews on the IMDB page are WAY more entertaining than the movie itself.

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Dec 28th, 2017 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I should go check 'em out.

Gene from Tampa
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Press On Irregardless
Dec 28th, 2017 12:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

"The TV trailers were "GUNS, EXPLOSIONS, ROBOTS!!!" and it is neither. Think "Little Miss Sunshine" with a robot."

O M G !

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Dec 28th, 2017 01:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

That reviewer is surprised by the negative reviews?

Weak writing and bad acting notwithstanding, the film was peddled as an action & splosions film--which it really isn't. This ain't the first time poor marketing contributed to the devaluation of a product.

Some of the review comments *are* hilarious:

"The computers look like they came from the 80's, complete with DOS. Seriously? Did South Africa not get Windows?"

"It does have have an upside or two though: it's well positioned to entertain the [bleep] out of preteens who do not need to appreciate how inconsistent the science, logic, and common sense is in the film."

"The criminals are really off-putting. They are more like Mad Max wannabes than anyone scary."



Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Dec 28th, 2017 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

My fav review:

"A Funny Thing Happened on the way to this review.


I was an hour into this film on Pay-Cable when my wife walked in.

What are you watching? she asked.

I told her.

What is it about? she asked

Watch it and see.

So she did for about 5 minutes.

Then she wanted to know WHY? I was watching it.

That was a toughie

Its got Jackman and Weaver. It is by a famous director. Its got strange accents. I can't find the remote...

But, and I am being honest with you, the look in her eyes told me that she was having doubts about the man she married.

So I tried a different tack.

I am watching because I cannot believe anyone would deliberately make a film this bad with such a stupid plot and stupid characters and an A-list cast. I mean, a character who was carjacked by killers actually tells them that he doesn't want a confrontation, this with a shotgun in his face, but he insists on coming back tomorrow to play with his robot.

She accepted that excuse as reasonable.

I am hoping you will too..."

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