The rocket is referred to once as Noah’s Ark. It will cost millions to build. People don’t know the atmosphere or gravity of the new world. Only 40 people, machinery and some livestock will be taken to the new world. Everyone and everything else will be left to die. Is that even a minimum viable population?
Billions will die and nobody seems that bothered. The rocket will launch via a mile long slide. Does only 1 rocket launch or are others being built in other countries? Men are engineers, women are technicians and the rocket looks like a toy. Women turn books into microfilm. How are people to read it? They bring the Bible, an anatomy book, a math book, an Encyclopaedia, a book on agriculture and the story of mankind in microfilm. They bring chickens, goats, horses, sheep and a dog and that seems to be it.
A rich evil cripple pays for the rocket. There is sexism and various idiots don’t think panic will kick in. People take the minimum responsibility. People talk about god and costal cities are evacuated. NY is a ghost town. This is not unpredictable, tense or uplifting. There is disaster and stuff blows up and falls down. This was ultimately forgettable. There are radio calls for help.
People look at a drowned city. There are no children on the rocket bar one who was saved from a submerged house. The ‘hero’ is negative and horrible. Plasma and medical supplies are loaded on the ship. This makes its irrelevance clear. There is no sense of enhanced risk. People deem detached and dead eyed. They plan to chloroform all the animals. How?
Nobody seems overwhelmed. One man chosen for the rocket decides to stay behind when his woman isn’t chosen. Then they get to go anyway. For some reason the rich man didn’t get a ramp built so he could roll himself onto the rocket. So the rocket launches without him. When the survivors walk off the rocket it is into a matte painting that looks like a cartoon. Why are there pyramids and a stone structure on the new world?
How was there oxygen and gravity on the rocket? Why did people listen to cod reassurances? This was deficient. The rocket flies like a plane through space. There are irreversible consequences. Where is the rubble from Earth? The rocket is flown via huge switches. People refuse to cede defeat. The kid had cloying cuteness. Building an ark is a magnificent achievement. But this film is inconsequential and not charming or delightful.
This was not lively or vital. This tries for real and serious. What are their survival strategies? People are beatific about landing/gliding to a new world. The ship lands like a plane. Did it even have a heat shield? They land in snow and yet walk out to a green field and not an unswervingly hostile environment. Why are they all in brown robes? They have no pressure suits. This was profoundly flawed and the doom-monger was right.
The avaricious rich dude and all the people not chosen for the ark and everyone else are dead. Nobody cares. The stray dog that was brought along has puppies. I hope they haven’t brought rabies to a new world. The rich evil cripple had fist shaking comic villainy. The new world is seriously unconvincing. There is no moral cost and no narrative drive or energy. Awful events were ignored. This was dull and very, very dated.
“Will give gladly.”
“Our world will end.”
“The handful with a chance to reach another world.”
“The hour of doom.”
“Is anyone left?”
“We need drinking water and medical supplies!”
“The time left to us gets shorter.”
“Pressure will drive them mad.”
“Wiped out with the rest of the world.”
“Will there be a place to land? Will the air be fit to breathe? Will there be water? Vegetable life?”
“You’re a very easy men to hate.”
“Can’t risk us bring right.”
“Move people and animals as quietly as possible.”
“The last dawn.”
“Land anywhere. We’ve got to.”
“It looks frozen.”
“Good air or bad, it’s the only place we can go.”
“The new world isn’t for us.”
This was inglorious and the police don’t wear gloves whilst working the crime scene. When one body is found, it is meant to be sad but sadness is undercut by the fact the body is obviously a doll. People think their condemnation of the three suspects is justified as is their ranting about a satanic cult. People utter crazed sounding outrageous accusations about the suspects. Firth does a bad US accent.
The police woefully fail to do anything. No wonder this case had a transformative impact on people. Those with spurious respectability do incomprehensible babbling about satan. There is an enabling of hostility toward Damien because he dresses in black and listens to loud weird music and has an interest in music. The satanic panic is in full on mode. There is pent up bile by extremely nasty people.
Damien has a son?!? Damien irritates people on purpose. This does not endear him to rednecks. The judge coldly assesses them and deliberately directs the case so Damien and co will be convicted. Their cause has unfading relevance. The investigator is the entire centre of attention. Lawyers are useless and nobody really looks into the unexplained, suspicious circumstances around one stepfather.
Awful connotations are made. The 3 suspects are in a difficult situation. Rednecks are particularly aggressive and people are insistent on Damien’s guilt. This pychodrama bores. Damien resolutely refuses to behave. A stepfather has casual indifference. The 3 pay a savage price for being different and their futures were swept aside. Damien is seen as a malign influence by ridiculously unreasonable types. Prejudice lead inexorably to grim consequences.
The legal system connives. This was not an absorbing narrative. The judge was useless and there is antagonism and unrestrained anger and dispiriting legal antics. The 3 suspects got disconcerting and shameful treatment. Sadly this film is inept. Firth flits around in a rarefied position. Damien chases meaning. Rex Linn, Bruce Greenwood, Stephen Moyer, Martin Henderson, Elias Koteas and Kristoffer Polaha co-star.
“Threatened to eat your father.”
“You’re a respected man.”
“Local devil worshippers.”
“Mail order college.”
“Mail order from a non-accredited school that required no classes.”
“Well liked but never fully accepted.”
“I come as your friend first.”
“They’re not kind to my daughter here.”
“Your miracle is unblemished.”
“Another virgin has been located?”