I have never read the Graphic Novel (when did comic books become graphic novels, anyway?) that this movie came from, but if I was into Graphic novels instead of the old school novel, this would be a mandatory look up for me. Look, it’s camp. It KNOWS it’s camp. There’s even references in the movie to “if this where the sort of movie we both love, I would now take you prisoner, and arrange some sort of artistic death” etc. This is simultaneously a send up, and a homage to every over the top spy thriller ever done. AND IT WORKS.
Samuel L Jackson plays the sort of villain you love to hate, and plays him to a T. Of course even here, I’m sure that there’s some SJW (social justice warrior) who is going to scream, because:
1)He’s black, the “good guys” are white,
2)His “thing” (all super villains have a “thing”) is that “mother Gaea” is being destroyed by humanity, and the only solution is to have humanity reverse decimated — In other words, he’s a rabid Greenie environmentalist, with the emphasis on MENTAL. and
3)His character has this most annoying lisp, which I am sure someone in the SJW crowd is going to equate to being gay, and of course you can’t show any of the protected species as anything but shining examples of the best and brightest, so EVIL for REASONS.
One day we’ll judge people upon the content of their character, not the color of their skin, and it won’t matter what gets them through the night, or what sort of plumbing they have, and we’ll acknowledge that folks is folks, some good, some bad, most somewhere in between, and what matters is character and intent. That bad people are bad people, good people are good people, period full stop. Today how ever, is not that day, tomorrow ain’t lookin’ good either. But I digress (I know, so what else is new?)
Some of the science struck me as immediate bullcrap, then I came across an article this morning (which I can’t find now) that gives some serious potential for messing with personality by radio/acoustic energy, so well, there’s some handwavium involved, but hey, you don’t go to a flick like this for the science, you go to a documentary for science, you go to a flick like this for entertainment. Mission accomplished!
**** (on a 5* scale)