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jedibanner 1/13/2012 5:39:37 AM

I like these types of movies because it shows how people are, not how people ''should'' be and usually in those ''end of the world'' type of movies, human nature truly comes out.

Will still look into it.

Roqueja 1/13/2012 6:23:10 AM

Thank you for a great review!

I am a fan of how The Road and The Book of Eli were done, so this piqued my interest.  It will find itself on my rental list due to the unflinching storytelling of human nature, despite the negative aspects.

Wyldstaar 1/13/2012 7:14:37 AM

 My curiosity is definitely piqued. 

I can't help but wonder if the dropped plot thread with the child was done not as a potential sequel, but as a choice for the characters.  They can either leave the shelter they have and discover who the hazmat suited men are, or remain in the relative safety they already have, such as it is.  In a movie, it is traditional to solve the mystery, of course.  Making the decision not to do so in the face of an unknown danger which may be even worse than the one the characters already face sounds like something this filmmaker would go with.

Humans are a very complicated species.  On the whole, we thrive on conflict, but when looked at in isolated situations like this one, that need to thrive can easily take a turn for the nasty.  Most people don't like to be told the truth, especially if they worry that they might not live up to their own standards.  I've personally witnessed a dozen people stand by and do nothing while a woman was assaulted in front of them.  Until that day, I'm sure every one of them believed that in such a situation, they would step up and take decisive action.  Instead, they discovered they were not willing to stick their necks out. You never really know who you are until you are forced into such a situation. I discovered that I do live up to my own standards, but even then, I went out of my way to make those others feel bad, telling them they should feel ashamed of themselves.  Looking back, I don't believe that was the right thing to do.  

 

mellowdoux 1/13/2012 1:23:12 PM

 Wyldstaar: Thank you for the best, most interesting and intelligent post I've ever read on the Mania boards.

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