Up at the Herald.

Although I kind of liked it, I’m not sure how well I got across the overall dumbness threaded through this movie. I think it would have been much more obvious if anyone but Dafoe had played the wild and woolly roughneck character who’s full of deliberately memorable lines and pragmatic folksiness. If someone had played the role as it was clearly meant to be played–i.e., to the awful hilt–I think the whole movie may well have collapsed.

From a speculative fiction perspective, however, I liked some of the extrapolation they did here. It’s possible the Spiereg brothers will do some interesting work in the future.

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