Zack Snyder’s Watchmen looks visually amazing but the characters are thin and the underlying dystopian vision lacks the impactful nuance of Blade Runner. Maybe I am just not in the mood right now for a film that paints people essentially as heartless bugs. Are we capable as a species of mindless acts of selfish violence? Yes, but I don’t need a 3 hour film to remind me of this. That’s what CNN does most nights and I avoid that too. What I crave and films like Blade Runner, The Martix and 28 Days Later deliver is the dystopian vision coupled with characters that reflect humanities potential. Not because I can’t handle the darkness but because total darkness is no more real than a vision where everything is sweetness and light.
Universities are increasingly creating academic podcasts that (in moderation) can make you a more interesting human being. I myself have yet to sample these… which may explain my struggle to be interesting.