Several rebloggers’ reactions to this earlier Andrew Niccol-centric post lead me to think that I was misunderstood.
No, I love The Truman Show. That was Niccol at his best. The Hollywood buzz about him at the time of that script was overwhelming and dazzling and inspiring.
But then he demanded - demanded - that he be attached to direct Gattaca, and a whole bunch of studios passed because of it, except for the one that gave him what he wanted. Gattaca’s a fascinating, really well-written script, but the resultant movie, I think, represents diminishing returns. I like his work, but I really think he’s a better writer than director.
In Time and The Host - based on the trailer I linked to last time - are now delving deep into ham-handed, cheesy territory. For one thing, adapting Stephenie Meyer as opposed to writing original material has to be seen as a step in a ill-advised creative direction, no?
Thus the meme: what started out terrific has degenerated into STAHP-level horror.
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- drewcoffman said: Huh? Gattaca came out before The Truman Show.
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- seltzerlizard said: Thank you. Truman Show was good, maybe even better than that…but not great (not if you’ve seen truly great movies) Gattaca was sort of flawed. The sci fi without the actual science, but it’s still a bit of a gem. The premise for In Time is stupid
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