So, this sci-fi classic just turned up on Netflix:
Thinking back, the only thing I've ever really liked from the Wachowskis was the first Matrix
. That coupled with a glance at the reviews for this one, gave me very low expectations, which it actually surpased (barely). It's really a quite glorious mess: Rather spectacular images, extremely poor dialogue, some pretty great creature and ship design (even though it's all over the place: bits looking like The 5th Element
, others much more streamlined and some almost steam punk'ish), Draconians straight out of Dragonlance
(which sadly fail to turn to stone when slain), Sean Bean (who survives *way* longer than expected), tons of unnecessary wardrobe and eye shadow colour shifts for Miss Kunis, a scene with some alien bureaucracy that channeled Terry Gilliam, some weird sound design, where the music drowns out the action, giving it less of an impact (and too much computer gamey CGI doing the same) and finally Eddie Redmayne gloriously chewing up the scenery like it's his last meal. Is it a bad movie that I'll never see again? Yup. Was the imagination on display more entertaining than expected? Also yes, so 3/5.