Going into the film, I had no background about the original movie – I’ve never seen it. Though, I knew it existed as well as the video game. So, I was pretty much going into the film blindly – not a good idea.
From the very start, I was a bit lost with the storyline and the characters. Though I was not completely lost, I found it kind of hard to follow and put the pieces together without having seen the first movie.
Many times there were references to the first film shifting from the past to the present and back again. Since I am unfamiliar with the original story, it was a bit difficult for me to comprehend some of the concepts and ideas in the movie.
Though, I think there were some neat things about the film. To me, it felt very much like I was watching a movie in the past. It really felt very “80s like” and retro looking. But, I think they wanted to make it that way for the fans of the original.
Also, there were some pretty neat special effects in the “electronic world.” I especially enjoyed the visuals with the action scenes – they were done very uniquely to the film. And, I think the soundtrack was done very well to match the overall feeling of the movie.
As for the storyline, I felt a bit lost. Though, it’s probably because I have not seen the original film. This is definitely one movie where it’s important to see the first one beforehand.
If I had seen the first movie and had been more familiar with the concepts and ideas introduced in the original, it may have been easier for me to follow. Though, I do think it was really neat that the movie touched upon the concept of artificial intelligence.
Overall, I really think this film was made for the fans of the original. If you are a fan of the original movie, you will probably understand this film better than most people.
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(Note: For another perspective on the film, check out my pal Action Flick Chick’s review. Thanks for reading!)
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