August 25th, 2005

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I went off to see "The Island" this evening. I wasn't quite sure what to expect - I'd read a couple of bad reviews, along the lines of "this is a fascinating, thought-provoking subject, and they've made a boring film with helicopters and explosions", but I also know a couple of people who'd seen it and said it was very good, so I figured it was worth a look.

On balance, I'd say that it was "ok". The story held my attention, and kept moving at a reasonable pace. On the other hand, there were some massive plotholes, and I found the "set pieces" tedious. I mentioned this in my review of "Star Trek: Nemesis" a while back, and it still applies - I think that the Miles Vorkosigan novels (written by Lois McMaster Bujold) offer the best insight into a world that has the technology to create clones and genetically engineered babies. I've certainly kept thinking back to those novels during the recent media hysteria about parents potentially choosing the gender of their offspring.

More detailed comments with spoilers follow...

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Incidentally, there was a trailer for "The 40 year old virgin" before the main film. My gut reaction was to hate that film, but the trailer was actually quite funny, so I may go to watch it.

And finally, a random comic link: Action Philosophers!