Oh goodie- it's time to reuse and recycle. Old material, that is!
Here's a review I wrote at the beginning of my tenure at UMBC's proud student
rag *ahem* newspaper, the Retriever Weekly. For some reason, it never made it to the website, as with the whole first issue, if I remember. Anyway, it comes out on DVD today, so I thought it might be good to let my opinion be known. I prettied it up with pix, and edited the thing just slightly.
Fun Premise Virtually Ruined by Weak Satire
Simone (aka "S1M0NE")
Andrew Niccol has really carved his little niche as a filmmaker, hasn't he? Before writing and directing Simone (** out of 4), which was finally released August 23 after numerous delays, Niccol made two other films that dealt with the hazards of the technological breakthroughs that lie just around the corner. Gattaca, with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, made very little impact upon its release five years ago, but for those lucky enough to catch it, it was a stylish thriller which held a great deal of foresight into near-future world of genetics. The second picture he wrote and produced, The Truman Show, was directed by Peter Weir, and managed both to help Jim Carrey garner some respect as a "serious actor," as well as make a boatload of money in its prophetic tale of a man who lived the examined life, examined, that is, by all the outside world. The key to the artistic success of his previous pictures depended on realism, stories which seemed by some stretch of the imagination to be possible in the world we live in today, or perhaps the imminent future. ...
Well, it goes downhill from there, folks.
Can't really speak for the DVD features, as I haven't seen them. Here's a review to give you an idea. (*hint* DVD screeners would be real nice, studios! I'd review every single one!)
I'd marginally recommend a rental, but even that's pushing it. Enjoy.