I loved this. It has all the intensity of the original film. Plus it also manages to make women the real focus of the film. It’s not John who saves mankind from the machines, it’s Dani who gives people hope, and is the focus of our future resistance. Sarah Connor is one of the great feminist icons of the twentieth century. Dani Ramos is the reality of her strength for the twenty first. She is not Sarah, a womb for John, she is John, the fighter that brings the battle. The things is, that realisation and it’s manifestation as a person, has taken more than thirty five years. That’s not great. In fact it’s very poor. A fact that’s interesting on so many levels.
This is an engaging, dialogue heavy, read. The descriptions are dense. Longer paragraphs, are kept pacy by short, often one word sentences, that drive the action forward. But overall it’s the dialogue that shines here. There’s no exposition. You get everything you need from characters, what they’re asking for, and how others react.
There’s a real pace and intensity to the writing. It comes from short staccato sentences that read down the page quickly. It really is a lesson in economic writing. It’s the essence of the story distilled into as few words as possible.
This shares a premise with The Island (2005) and before that The Clonus Horror (1979). But it’s a lot more than a shocker about farming humans, it’s also about control and socialisation of women. There’s also an indictment of the wider cosmetic surgery industry, that panders to and promotes a kind of docile feminine beauty. Overall, an interesting little film.
There are some interesting things about this film. It has some great visuals that are let down by a poor script, and some uneven performances.
Denzel Washington is great as the legal savant who’s ossified life is turned inside out when his business partner dies. At it’s core this a musing about truth and what happens when we allow our own truth to be corrupted. You become who you’re not.
It’s a brooding film, with a suitably pensive Timothée Chalamet. He brings a certain youthful intensity. His boyish look and slight frame feel at odds with the stature of the role, and with the many other actors who have played Henry V. It creates an interesting power dynamic. How he survived the Battle of Agincourt is beyond me. Perhaps if William Shakespeare was around now and writing screenplays this is what he would’ve written. The themes are there but it’s handled with more subtlety.
This is several kinds of funny, with the energy of a virgin at an orgy.
Netflix announced a list of coming attractions. These are a few that caught my attention.
Apparently there are many more to come but these are the ones that piqued my interest.