Well, last night's film fest was as disappointing as last night's thunderstorm. A few flashes of lightening travelled half-heartedly past my window, followed by an intermittent shower or two and absolutely no wind to speak of. Ripped off!
I don't recommend either of the films I watched, and to tell you why I have to "spoil" them. They already spoiled themselves in my opinion, but look away if you're spoiler sensitive to Premonition or I, Robot.
We got cozy with some red wine and grilled chicken and watched Premonition first. It starts out amazingly well, very thrillerish and twilight zone, but ends with this bland "God wills it" message, just have a baby and get on with things. There was no bloody point to Sandra Bullock's premonitions at all, and the whole thing was very hit-you-over-the-head moralistic. Chasteness, duty and procreation. Blurrrrgh. I do love Sandra though.
I, Robot I had a similar reaction to: good beginning, bland middle, totally disappointing ending. Robots stage a coup on the human race. Why? Because this big, head robot thing, Viki, has calculated that the human race is annihalating itself through war, violence and a thorough trashing of the planet. Therefore she's going to take charge and see that we're all "safe", ie. chained to the walls or something. Will Smith saves the day, overthrows big, bad Viki and we're all FREE! Free to live without our robot overlords! Free to wage wars and be violent and continue to trash the planet! HURRAH! The end.
What a ridiculous message.
For a bit of sanity I shakily put Aliens in the DVD player. Sigourney Weaver is MAGNIFICENT, Michael Biehn is a Greek god and Bill Paxton is pure gold. "We're on an express elevator to hell, going down!" I could watch these films again and again. And I do.