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The Dystopian Extremes March 24, 2010

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I am always up for a post-apocalyptic loner anti-hero flick and The Book of Eli seemed the perfect one (on the face of it at least). Yet, in spite of the Hughes Brothers impressive visuals the content turned out to be a huge letdown. Even halfway through the film, things seemed quite interesting – the unfolding plot appeared to be a tongue-in-cheek take on religion and power but at the end I actually felt like walking out of a religious sermon. I am more disappointed because this is probably the one film genre where I would least expect something like this.

Just a couple of days later I caught up another post-apocalypse movie – “The Road”. The only common thing between this movie and “The Book of Eli” is that both the films weren’t what I expected it to be. You keep hearing about how certain films are bleak, gloomy and depressing – “The Road” makes all of them look like kiddie fantasies. Watch it and you’ll know what I am saying. Every few minutes or so, I kept wishing something good would happen (even a little) just to make my movie-watching experience less disturbing. It is an authentic throught provoking study about humanity in the most dystopian situations ever. With great performances from Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee – you would not want to miss this…..even though this is not at all an easy watch.

I Am Legend December 19, 2007

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This one shouldn’t come across as a surprise if you have seen post-apocalyptic dystopian movies like 28 Days Later (that’s the only one I remember seeing). A deadly virus infects people turning them into living zombie like creatures and Will Smith is the last “uninfected” man alive on earth because he somehow happens to be immune to the virus. In a desloated New York he lives on with the hope of finding a cure to the virus and also constantly on the lookout for any survivors.

In hindsight this is mostly an uneventful movie but what works to great effect is the tense and (often spooky) atmosphere which always keeps the viewer waiting in anticipation of something to happen. Limited use of sounds in the background also works its part. The entire sequence which leads to the first appearance of the “infected” is the best of the lot. But the movie falters somewhat towards the end for want of a better (or rather less-cliched) denouement.

Smith is the perfect choice for the protagonist. This is a role where there is pretty much a single character on screen for the whole duration and as such demands someone with a charismatic screen presence than anything else. Of course, one cannot forget the great CGI work in getting the whole desolated New York look.

Fans of this genre might probably see this as just a more mainstream version of the whole concept with an A-list actor (who really did ensure a surprise blockbuster opening) but I had quite a bit of fun watching this.