The Future

December 19th, 2012

The Future:

Fun as it is to play spot-the-film, I can't help but notice that over the last decade or so the standard of SFX work has become so routinely high that it's almost boring to see yet another beautifully rendered spaceship or futuristic city or giant robot.1

Even last week's first trailer for Pacific Rim didn't wow me: my main thought wasn't about the quality of the special effects work, but rather that "This is how the Transformers franchise would look if someone had taught Michael Bay that it's no crime to hold a shot for more than three seconds, to give the audience time to grasp the relative sizes and positions of the two robots punching one another out so that the fights are actually exciting rather than just dazzling and confusing."

Obviously the trailer isn't the film, and I have faith in Guillermo del Toro's ability to wow me with a good story and some fantastic monsters, but I miss the days when it seemed as if every SF blockbuster was putting things on screen that I hadn't seen before, things I had imagined as I worked my way through the written works that made up the Golden Age of SF.2

[Via Extenuating Circumstances]

  1. Also, it's been far too long since I watched Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  2. For anyone who doesn't know, that's "13".

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2 Responses to “The Future”

  1. Dan Hon Says:

    I remain slightly excited about Elysium, Neil Blomkamp's new film. We haven't seen a good inside-of-a-space station/ring/orbital/bernal sphere lately. Or at all?

  2. John Says:

    It's been so long since I read anything about Elysium that I'd forgotten it was coming.

    Yes, I'd really like to see a properly impressive bit of space hardware too. Ideally it'd be the Ringworld or a GSV or Rama, but I'll take what I can get at this point.