It sucks that Will Smith won’t be in the Independence Day sequel—but wait ‘til you hear the random explanation for his character being gone. Alas, this is standard practice. When stars decide not to come back, movies come up with rationales for writing them out, that go beyond “dog ate my homework.”
The whole point of a post-apocalyptic story is that someone survives. But when you have a calamity that wipes out 99.9 percent of all humans, then how exactly do you explain the survivors? In honor of the new Maze Runner movie, here are the 14 dumbest ways people survive the apocalypse.
The Matrix was a hugely influential film, which helped launch a million black-clad wuxia-fueled adventures. But maybe it had an even bigger impact? Josh Friedman, creator of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, suggests The Matrix ruined science fiction movies.
Jupiter Ascending isn't just a mediocre film. It's also self-indulgent, and in love with its own excesses. It's like the sick love-child of Zardoz and Fifth Element. But what's really odd about Jupiter is that it wants to criticize opulence and selfishness, and yet it's a movie that thinks "more" is always "better."
Fan theories can be wonderful and strange, but sometimes a fan will come up with an idea that's even better than the official story. Here are just some of the fan theories that actually make a lot of sense—and would actually improve the stories they come from.
We're going to be real, a lot of these odd (and possibly totally unintentional) details whizzed right over our heads back in 1999. Here's a video look at a handful of random things you may not have noticed from The Matrix.
From the Matrix Revolutions, the Armored Personnel Unit in Lego by Niki Dregant:
It's summer movie season, which means lots of effects-heavy, big budget romps. And it's easy to feel numbed by all this digital overkill. But when visual effects are used well, they can tell the story instead of distracting from it. Just check out our list of 12 movies that use VFX purely as a storytelling tool.
In fact, if there was another Matrix movie in the works, it would probably look a lot like this. Matrix Online: The Movie? Might work. Probably not.
Every once in a while, a movie comes along that changes everything. A film that rewrites the rules and influences a generation of film-makers. But all too often, the people who imitate these ground-breaking movies miss the point. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy movies from which everybody copied the wrong…