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Frustrating! It Had Potential!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 26, 2016
I am so sorry to give this movie such a low rating because it’s not fair to flat out say that a movie sucks without considering the time, planning and work that goes into it.
For me, this movie is so frustrating to watch! It has all of the ingredients to make a masterpiece... great actors and wonderful special effect ideas. However, it falls short with big story plot holes, useless scenes and dialogue. It was as if someone influenced by the movies Brazil and Baron Munchausen (two of my favorite movies) tried to make an epic building it around scenes they wanted to see in the film regardless of the story. It didn’t work. And I suppose that is the reason I never heard of this film until seeing it on Amazon.com a few days ago.
I removed one star for the long length of the movie. Easily this story could have been told in an hour and fifteen minutes, not two hours. While watching it you actually feel as if you are wasting your time. A movie should never do that. You should realize so much time has past after you are finished watching it. Even bad movies keep you engaged while seeing noticing the hilarious blatant faults. The shots are beautiful and epic, but do nothing to add to the story. There is a long 5 minute shot of a bird flying that you’ll never see again in the movie. This movie is filled with empty fluff like this.
I removed a second star because the filmmakers had so much potential at their disposal and yet convoluted the story with huge plot holes and a very cliched ending.
The cast is incredible and giving their very best. There are some scenes that are simply amazing to watch. The special effects are sometimes fake looking, but that really worked in this film to embody the fantasy element of the doctor's imaginarium.
The problem with this film mainly lies in the fact that even with such a brilliant cast, I can’t say that I particularly felt sympathy for any of them or wanted any of them to succeed or fail. And ultimately at the end I just didn't care what happened to them.
Again, sorry for the low rating.