Friday, July 31, 2009
PLANET GRIFFIN'S Next Top Ten Movies That Move On Paper: Comics Undreamed Of! Pt. 11
PLANET GRIFFIN comes back with the return of the Next Top Ten That Move On Paper--- Movies that should be comics! Tonight's entry is a little different...
Now, the difference here is that a comic adaptation was done by WILDSTORM just before the release of the film... Sadly, it was an adaptation that wasn't worth the time put into the publication. The Chris Evans' actioner wasn't the best of movies to be sure, but there's enough premise in this flick to warrant a comic series worth it's salt. (It's bad enough that in watching this film, two things come to mind: 1. After watching this, I feel like I have to go back and watch JUMPER, and 2. After watching this, it feels like Hollywood tried to make an expanded episode of HEROES with terrible results.
I mean, I liked the backdrop (the seamy underbelly of Hong Kong), I loved the character concepts (Pushers, Movers, Bleeders, Watchers, and Shadows), and the great SFX that went into it--- Unfortunately, the characterizations were paper thin, the plotline was garbage, and the work that went into casting was entirely hit or miss... So you're probably even wondering why I even list this in the first place, right? Well, it comes right back to the concept itself. Don't you hate it when a movie comes with an adaptation that simple doesn't do the project justice? Even worse when BOTH projects tank due to lazy, take-the-money-and-run development?
Still, from a creative standpoint, I view it as something that could've been far better than what it was. ( Making it a grindhouse flick in about 30 more years) The debate continues with this one--- as a creator, doesn't the adaptation in your mind always come out much better?