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Bad Science, Good filmmaking
on January 10, 2010
This film is nearly three years old but still drawing considerable comment. That should tell you something. For all its flaws, this movie is an enjoyable, fast moving action thriller that's worth the viewing.
The "science" itself relies on a science fiction cliche which doesn't hold up in reality. If you know the real science behind wormholes, the plot device may bother you to the point that your enjoyment of the movie will be lessened. But if you can allow yourself the "willing suspension of disbelief", you'll have an enjoyable experience.
Denzel Washington is one of the finest actors of our time and he shows why in this movie. His character provides the moral center and action focus of this movie. Denzel's riveting performance makes this man come alive as you see the plot unfold from his viewpoint, drawing you in and keeping you focused.
Val Kilmer is a disappointment in the way he plods through the movie. He reads his lines, but that's about it. Paula Patton does a fine job, creating a believable, vulnerable character, such that you really care about her fate. The actor who plays her father has a small role but a key one. His scenes are small but crucial, and he does a fine job.
Tony Scott's ability to craft an action thriller makes the best use of Denzel's talents and the talents of all the cast. The story moves along, never dragging nor jumping too much, and the action sequences keep you completely engaged. Scott does a fine job of combining a good action film with a well done human story. For all his technical skill, he never makes the big mistake you see in other films such as the Bourne series. In those films, the director is always saying "Look at me! Look at how I use the camera, or how I x,y,z." Scott keeps the focus on the story, and uses his considerable skill to let the story tell itself.
It's not a great social statement by any means, but it's an enjoyable evening's movie viewing experience, even with the bogus science.