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  • Nessie
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    Just saw this. The movie itself was promising but didn’t deliver. And if anyone can explain to me what happened at the end, I’d appreciate it.

    Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine were unconvincing and uninspired. But Margot Robbie was really excellent. Any chance she might get a nomination? She certainly was playing against type here. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    You didn’t like Ejiofor or Pine? I thought both were quite good, but Robbie was a good deal better. 

    I agree that the film has potential that it just doesn’t live up to, but I liked it more than not. I appreciated that it’s a film that takes place during/after some sort of apocalypse, but we never see it; it’s a small, simple story about morals and the basic instincts of man. It doesn’t really try to be more than that, but maybe that’s a bit of the problem. I wish it did try to go a bit deeper into the moral quandary that they are put in, being what might be the last 3 people on earth (two men, one woman, or two Adams and one Eve, if you will) alone in a sort of eden. 

    The cinematography is often beautiful- there’s a lot of wide shots of the gorgeous landscape, and one really beautifully shot and lit scene of the three cast members going for a late night swim in a pond. Another really striking shot comes in the 3rd act with Robbie sitting at the dinner table alone, cast in sunlight, that is extremely pretty. 

    If anyone has a shot at any sort of recognition, it’s likely Robbie. Indie Spirit nod perhaps?  

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    Nessie
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    The cinematography and Robbie’s performance were great. As for Chewie and Chris: poor woman, last one alive and stuck with a choice between Mr. Boring and Mr. Boring. They really brought nothing to those roles.

    Where did the dog go? 

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^Yes! The dog! The dog felt oddly prominent in the beginning, then it just sort of goes away… 

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    AMG
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    Overall, a good film. Robbie steals the show as you have both said. She doesn’t stand a shot at an Oscar nod for this, but it is a great stepping stone for a future one I feel. The possible directors who watch this and love Margot Robbie and invite her to casting for a potential Oscar hitter could be exciting.

    Ejiofor is also good in this. Switching from the erratic, nervous man we see him as at first, into a rather villainous character at the flip of a switch. Pine is good with what he’s given. Although his character was written just for the film, not the book on which this is loosely based.

    The cinematography was beautiful, the score is rather decent. But this isn’t a film that is stellar in itself. It’s a film to watch for the performances, most notably Robbie. Look out for her in critics circles and independent bodies awards.

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    I love it when an actor can surprise me with a performance and frankly, I’d written Robbie off as a bimbo after Wolf of Wall Street. I will definitely keep an eye on her in the future. She’s much more talented than I thought she was. I’m (almost) looking forward to Suicide Squad now – between her and Leto (another actor who, like Robbie and Matthew McConaughey, surprised and totally changed my opinion).

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