Thursday, July 14, 2005

Sitting by the schlock of the Bay...

Michael Bay, that is. Just watching the previews of his films, such as for the upcoming The Island, gives me a headache. I mean, no film should so blatantly rip off plot elements from Logan's Run. (And it's not like I'm overly picky--I'm considering seeing The Dukes of Hazzard, for instance, if the reviews don't just suck.) However, he obviously appeals to a great many people.

In any case, what is sure to be Bay's masterwork, a live-action film based on the old Transformers show--which I sure will less than meets the eye--has already claimed the July 4th 2007!

Per "DreamWorks head of distribution Jim Tharp stated, "Under the direction of Michael Bay, and with Steven Spielberg executive producing, we know that "Transformers" is going to be the kind of explosive action movie that is perfect for the height of the summer movie season. By staking our claim on the 4th of July, 2007, we ensure that we not only have the time to make this movie the way it should be made, but also to build excitement and awareness leading up to its release." "

I just hope you fans can wait two years for this epic to hit the screens.


At 1:48 PM, Anonymous TV's Grady said...

Bayformers! Hacks in disguise!

At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Ben said...

What has always annoyed me about The Island is that the premsis is so outdated. With advances in stem cell research and in other fields, such as genetical engineerined pigs whose organs can be used in humans, the idea that I would need to clone full-sized humans for organs is laughably old. If this movie had been made ten years ago, it might have worked, but now it's a movie warning us about a danger that doesn't exist anymore. Also I would wonder if it would be worth keeping a clone of one's self alive on the off chance you would need a kidney. A few ultra-wealthy people might do it, but the idea that you would have enough clients so that you would have to build an giant city to house them all seems to be pushing it to me.

At 1:21 PM, Anonymous KurtVon said...

I think the idea in this case is that you get a whole healthy young body. The catch being that nerve growth to muscles is, aside from a few autonomic systems, completely random. When a motor nerve connects to a muscle the muscle starts producing a hormone that prevents other nerves from binding. The body grows more than twice as many motor nerves as needed.

This does make sense. If a person genetically has a few extra muscles they still get hooked up. A few less and the nerves just die off. Since muscle control is pretty much learned at birth anyway it doesn't matter which ones are connected. Even identical twins will have different neural pathways, though.

So, transferring a brain sounds neat, but even if all the neurons could be hooked up, the resulting person would literally be helpless as a newborn baby. If new motor skills could even be learned at all, it would still take years.

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

I do think the preview (as much as I tried to block it out of my head) has someone says something along the lines of "If they need a new heart..."

I think.

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

"Logan's Run?" Heck, "The Island" seems a pretty exact copy of "Parts: The Clonus Horror." I've blogged about this recently, in fact. The plot of "The Island" seems nearly note-for-note from "Clonus," with a few name changes, a few chases thrown in, and a bigger budget.


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