‘Resistance’ is one of the most visually beautiful and least original films of recent years; g1 already seen

‘Resistance’ is one of the most visually beautiful and least original films of recent years;  g1 already seen

Science fiction written and directed by Gareth Edwards, from ‘Rogue One’, premieres on Thursday (28) starring John David Washington. “Resistance”, a new science fiction film written and directed by Gareth Edwards (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), is a beautiful film. Really beautiful. At least in the visual aspect, it is one of the most fascinating in recent years, with a rich world within an intriguing general context. Unfortunately, in a rare cosmic irony, it is also one of the least original in recent times. A patchwork, not so well stitched, of concepts explored to exhaustion by the genre, from artificial intelligence to giant ships and large empires against small rebellions, with echoes of Vietnam War films. In the end, the work that premieres in Brazilian cinemas this Thursday (28) leaves an inevitable melancholic aftertaste – more due to the waste of such rare beauty (as much as a studio investing so much in an “original” idea) than due to the poverty of the plot itself. Known for directing most of the problematic recordings of the (great) “Star Wars” spinoff, Edwards had the chance to prove that he was responsible for its success, but ended up confirming that the credit really belonged to Tony Gilroy. Watch the trailer for ‘Resistance’ Terminator Now There’s little in the plot of “Resistance” that you probably haven’t seen before. And you don’t even have to be a big fan of science fiction. After all, the script written by the director and Chris Weitz (one of the writers of “Rogue One”) has echoes of classics such as George Lucas’ own space saga and “The Terminator”. In a not-so-distant future, in which the United States has declared war on robots and any type of artificial intelligence (AI), a former American agent (John David Washington) is recruited to find a scientist responsible for creating the technology. During the mission behind enemy lines, he needs to deal with an android child who could be the opponent’s greatest weapon. John David Washington in a scene from ‘Resistance’ Disclosure If the conflict between a great empire (USA) and a cornered rebellion (IA) wasn’t “Star Wars” enough, Edwards still throws in an indestructible megaship for good measure. Along the way, it’s still difficult not to think of other references, such as the cyberpunk cities of “Blade Runner” (1982), the bombings and scenarios of “Apocalypse Now” (1979) and “Platoon” (1987), and even the design of the robots from “Chappie” (2015). If there are any references left, the story lacks any trace of originality – ironic, considering this is the rare major production not based on any book or comic. Any connoisseur of works of this genre recognizes the plot’s shortcomings, and can predict from a distance the path it will take. The biggest surprise is the number of jumps between different parts of the world, just when the most attentive viewer begins to suspect that there won’t be enough time for the story to reach any satisfactory conclusion. Scene from ‘Resistance’ Disclosure There really isn’t one. No matter how much the protagonist and script rush to tie up their loose ends, the ending not only clashes with the previous rhythm, but alternates between rushed and choppy. Washington, poor guy, even tries hard, but he really doesn’t have any luck. As with “Tenet” (2020), it takes another great genre production that was an inevitable success sabotaged by a problematic script. From touchdowns to ‘Tenet’: Denzel’s son talks about his past as an athlete and his rise in Hollywood Melancholic beauty The sad thing is that behind it all there is a beautiful film with intriguing concepts. Designs of characters, weapons, locations and even vehicles do not reinvent the wheel, but they are eye-catching in each frame. Filmed in Thailand, Edwards shows he has a unique eye for portraying the region’s rural and mountainous landscapes. Even with the melancholy after the unsatisfactory ending, “Resistência” delivers images that stay in the viewer’s mind for days. And if good ideas like a robotic bomb resembling a barrel with legs and arms that runs suicidally towards the enemy are mistreated by rather silly sequences, the film frames everything with a memorable soundtrack. Which only proves that even a weak script can be overcome by beautiful scenes set to the sound of “Everything in its right place”, by Radiohead. Madeleine Yuna Voyles in a scene from ‘Resistance’

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