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Sinking of Japan

Disappointing

(Edit) 24/09/2012

I love a disaster movie. For this one, I expected the special effects to be good and, given Japan's location, that there'd be some semblance of believability to the plot.

You can almost believe the basic scenario, which is explained in the opening titles. Japan is being dragged under the Pacific plate and this process is suddenly accelerating and about to trigger volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis that will destroy the islands long before they sink.

The special effects are well done, though I felt they were cut too short in places. The love-story element was predictable and unnecessarily drawn-out, but that's pretty standard in this genre.

I was less impressed by the way the plot hinges on lack of help from outside Japan. Maybe I've got too much faith in human nature, but I'd hope that, were the world to know that a whole country (especially one as populous and powerful as Japan) were to be obliterated within a year, the world would help. This would be an extraordinary circumstance, and the UN would be drawing up evacuation plans and every available assistance would be given. In this film, no-one seems to be all that interested. The Japanese government goes begging to China and the US and people are evacuated to a number of complaining host countries (while millions of Japanese are dying in strings of disasters).

I understand that this was a Japanese movie, made for a domestic audience, so the slightly nationalistic elements weren't made for me. However, they did end up spoiling it.

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Serenity

Recommended even if you haven't watched Firefly (though you ought to watch that anyway)

(Edit) 04/11/2011

This is like the best ever episode of Firefly - funny and clever with shocks, thrills and tears along the way. The cast are all great and Chiwetel Ejiofor does a fantastic job as the evangelical murderous bad-guy, The Operative. And, finally, two of the big mysteries are kind of solved - what's with River and what about the Reavers?

Even if you don't know what any of that means, Serenity's well worth seeing, and can be appreciated just as you can enjoy a Star Trek movie without knowing Spock from Pickard. The Serenity universe is much more human than the Star Trek one though, and full of the incredible detail and human drama that Joss Whedon does so brilliantly. As he says on the extras, these people are the ones that The Enterprise would pass by at warp speed without noticing.

So, I really recommend it. However, if you think you're going to love this space-western of heroic bandits, evil government and messed-up telepathic fighting-machine teenage girls, then start with the Firefly series, as watching this first might give away a bit too much.

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