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almost a z
on January 23, 2017
great concepts about what it means to be sentient and the physical vehicles that carry it. acting was good and carried the story but it really lacked in wow effect and surprises. having several directors for the series seemed to break the narrative into a lot of dragging, making even the parts that picked up the pace came off as boring. they tried for visceral horror in a studied less is more technique but the editing and pacing failed these attempts. their were a lot of continuity failures that just brought the whole production's basics down to amateur status and that's from having many directors and rushed or loose production. and visually what could've been a big beautiful movie like series was stuck with 3rd rate cinematography and production design that can't even match most music videos from the early 2000s. the FX were way to minimal for what they were meant to portray, going that far into the future. that said, it had absolutely no new tech outside of the androids, so that means they spent little to no money on future technology research and applications. we actually have tech gadgets NOW that rival what's in this mini mess. AND what's deplorable is that they gave ZERO real science on how the bare nuts and bolts on how the android technology was initially conceived and then developed, ZERO folks. and NO and I mean NO views into how the outside world looks just ALL westworld, the outside world starts with changing clothes to getting on the train and that's freakin' all we get. so we can't compare or juxtapose the real world and westworld, so there is no real societal/social arc for this remake.
this was all predicated on it being a jj abrams production. let me assure you, HE WASN'T THERE. if he was it was a favor for some studio head that needed a favor or he was high on drugs. I think they should've stuck to the original idea of it being a stand alone movie to get a big budget production. all of that high caliber acting talent and nudity almost completely wasted if it weren't for that same undeniable talent which pulled parts of this made for lifetime snoozer out of the z-movie bin. trying to match hopkins in quiet intensity has to be the hardest acting endeavor around now but jeffery wright somehow did it so again not a complete wash out of a limited series. overall though not worth an entire binge, see the 1st and 2nd episodes then scrub through a few in the middle and view the last one. you'll thank me later unless you like to view the nudity and sex scenes which is good stuff in this HBO outing, not the best though.