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Turbo + Dark City

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 4, 2016, 2:49 PM

Zime's Ramblings

Kind of a weird duo to review together, but Zime is a woman of many tastes!

:star: Turbo 2013
:bulletblue: IMDB: 6.5/10
:bulletblue: Rotten Tomatoes: 67%

When I first saw the previews for this movie I immediately said... "no". And yeah, Dreamworks is actually pretty easy to judge by its covers. It seems Dreamworks is either really good or really bad. XD

The easiest way to describe this film: It's unmarketable to adults and an extremely hard sell to children.

It seems this movie is Dreamworks' attempted answer to both Pixar's Cars AND Ratatoullie. It's got a snail who gets magically imbued with the powers of a racecar (okay...) who teams up with a guy whose taco stand is failing at a low-income strip mall (that's actually the far more interesting story).

One of the problems a lot of adults have with the Cars franchise is that it's a difficult world to swallow. We have a bunch of cars living in a very human world... but humans don't exist, and somehow they have human tongues. Even with those flaws I think Cars is a good movie - it entertains and tells a nice story despite the flaws. But Turbo... this world doesn't make sense and the adults watching will be shaking their heads rather than watching.
For one thing the snail gets imbued with magic car powers (he can go really fast, has headlight eyes and a car alarm) and the guy with the failing taco restaurant somehow gets to enter this snail in a real car race... WTF.
All this would be fine if the world building in the movie had been built off-the-walls crazy like Rocko's Modern Life or something along those lines. But instead it tries to be realistic and insane at the same time, which just doesn't work.

It's also a hard sell to kids because the kid watching would have to like snails, racing, and portly guys with failing taco stands. :0 If I were a kid watching this movie, I wouldn't like it. And of course, as an adult I didn't like it, either.

There WERE a few good jokes in it, though. And if the whole movie were taken to a ridiculous level it could have been narrow-casted to a specific group of people (Like Rocko's Modern Life or Ren and Stimpy) instead of no one at all.

So there you have it. Another weird misdirected Dreamworks movie that should've never been green-lit. Just when you think they're finally pulling their britches up with How to Train your Dragon, Megamind, The Croods, Home and Rise of the Guardians, they come out with this weird anomaly.  Haha, all you can do is laugh.

I don't recommend this one to anyone except for fellow critics or to anyone who wants to get drunk with their friends and make fun of it.

:star: Dark City 1998
:bulletblue: IMDB: 7.7/10
:bulletblue: Rotten Tomatoes: 74%

Zime watched this one wayyyy back in the day when I was a wee one because my uncle likes it (he used to work developing film for movies so he's an even bigger critic than me). I didn't remember anything about it so my sister and I decided to watch it again last night.

This movie is crazy and weird and over the top... but unlike Turbo this one is very well narrow-casted. It's beautifully shot and looks like a Tim Burton movie but it's better than most Tim Burton movies. XD (Honestly, Tim Burton isn't a very good director. He's a better idea guy). So Alex Proyas, the director... is a better Tim Burton than Tim Burton. :lol:

A lot of people compare this one to The Matrix, but actually you should compare the Matrix to THIS movie because Dark City came out the year before.
It's about a group called "The Strangers" who're keeping a bunch of humans in a weird experiment in an isolated city held aloft in some soft of spacey dimension. The humans don't know that they're basically prisoners, and on some nights the Strangers change who people are (jobs, personality, etc.) to see how they react. One night when changing one man into a murderer, he basically "wakes up" and starts figuring things out.

Unfortunately I couldn't find any GIFs showing some of the weird but well-aged effects, but here's some concept art for ya:

I do recommend this one, but you won't like it unless you're the person it's narrow-casted to. If you like movies like Blade Runner, The Matrix some Tim Burton movies and other weird stuff, you might like this one as well. Give it a whirl!
And hey, even if you don't like it, it's still really pretty. :eyes:

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