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"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
Islands of two sorts. 
23rd-Jul-2005 09:42 pm
Winter
Well, we're off tomorrow to Long Island for a family get-together at the home of my father's cousin. Doesn't happen that often, as driving the Belt Parkway and the LIE is always nightmarish. Especially in the summer, when the entire world, it seems, thinks going to Jones Beach is a good idea. Watch. It'll be gorgeous tomorrow and we'll be in traffic for four hours. *sighs*

We also went to see the new film, The Island the evening. The film was decent, though much better in the first half than the final half. Way too much of one character or the other screaming, "RUN!!!!!!" in the final half, and I was getting to the point where I was hoping the heroes would lose. However, the biology student in me was deeply, deeply offended.

Gripes about the unscientific-ness of it all:
-Clones do not have their parent's fingerprints.
-Clones do not have their parent's irises.
-Clones do not have their parent's freckle patterns.
-There is no reason whatsoever that an adult can't persist indefinitely in a vegetative state.
-Clones cannot and will not ever acquire the memories of their parent.
-No city is every going to build trains dangling from wires above congested streets. Too dangerous. What if a train should fall?
-We do not have the technology (and are not even close) to being able to clone an adult as an adult.



By the way, I also saw a preview for Wes Craven's new horror flick, Red Eye. Didn't realize the first time I saw a preview for the film a couple of seasons ago that it stars our diabolical heartthrob Cillian Murphy. Batman Begins fans, take note. ^__^
Comments 
24th-Jul-2005 03:03 am (UTC)
I don't know if you watch British television, but I recall Prime Suspect 3 was loaded because it had a 'rent-boy' storyline, and it was filled with then unknowns in the US like Ciaran Hinds, David Thewlis, and Peter Capaldi, and a way unknown Cillian Murphy in an oh so minor shot or two without any lines. The next time I saw him was in 28 Days Later.

Just curious
24th-Jul-2005 03:05 am (UTC)
Just curious

Err...about what? Whether or not I watch British TV?

The next time I saw him was in 28 Days Later.

Actually, the *first* time I saw him was in 28 Day Later. ^_^
24th-Jul-2005 04:02 am (UTC)
No. About if you saw him too- or yeah I guess watched British TV ^_^
24th-Jul-2005 04:07 am (UTC)
Well, I think I already answered the first possibility, so ^_^...the second one: Nope, I've never watched British television (besides BBC World News). That I can remember.

(Don't watch enough TV to branch out away from the most basic of American shows, really. Heck, there are like five or six anime series I tell myself I really should watch...but I have yet to. >_< )
24th-Jul-2005 05:15 am (UTC)
What's the preview like? ended up MST3K'ing 2 Friday the 13th movies with friends tonight!
24th-Jul-2005 11:07 am (UTC)
Err...what do you mean by "like"? ^^;
24th-Jul-2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
How did the preview make the movie?
24th-Jul-2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
Err...*stares stupidly*

^^;;;;;;;;

As in, what sort of genre did it seem to be?
24th-Jul-2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
Did it look good, bad, creepy, dumb...?
24th-Jul-2005 07:37 am (UTC)
-Clones do not have their parent's fingerprints.
-Clones do not have their parent's irises.
-Clones do not have their parent's freckle patterns.


There is a very big difference between real clones and Hollywood!Clones.*
Constantly reminding yourself of this is the only way to watch most mainstream sci-fi without wanting to throw popcorn at the screen.

*This also applys to everything else in life. For example, in Hollywood you can stand a few inches away from lava for several minutes and not get heat burns or even have the previously moving lava advance towards you.
24th-Jul-2005 11:12 am (UTC)
I guess I was disappointed because the premise was a fundamentally smart one; what if you had a kid and, right after it was born, had it cloned as this "insurance policy" like the movie? Totally plausible, and the clone would only be a year behind your child. In *this* case, yes, the organs might not develop normally if the clone is a vegetable.

So, everytime I noticed a scientific inconsistency, I got even more annoyed; it felt like they were selling out their excellent premise.

*This also applys to everything else in life. For example, in Hollywood you can stand a few inches away from lava for several minutes and not get heat burns or even have the previously moving lava advance towards you.

Sounds like Revenge of the Sith, where you can have lightsaber battles on planets of raging lava/magma and not break out in a sweat. ^^;;
25th-Jul-2005 02:07 am (UTC)
Haha, I always start picking apart the scientific incongruities in films too ^^; Am glad I'm not the only one. Didn't get to see The Island...people have told me it's decent, better than they expected, but then again, expectations were kind of low to begin with. What do you think?

MUST. SEE. RED EYE. O_O If only for deliciously evil businessman Cillian. He can do the psycho, he can do the psychiatrist, now let's see him take on the salaryman syndrome...mmm...
25th-Jul-2005 03:17 am (UTC)
What do you think?

Well, it wasn't bad, exactly, and it had some interesting things happening especially in the beginning, but things got worse as the film went on and plot holes accumulated. I had kinda hoped the heroine would do something unexpected, but that was not to be, either. Put it this way; the film could have been *a lot* better.

MUST. SEE. RED EYE. O_O If only for deliciously evil businessman Cillian. He can do the psycho, he can do the psychiatrist, now let's see him take on the salaryman syndrome...mmm...

*chuckles* I figured you'd feel this way.

"Salaryman syndrome"? Is that was his bone to pick with the girl is? I couldn't figure it out from the preview. ^^;;
26th-Jul-2005 04:03 am (UTC)
XD No, I just made that syndrome up. He looks like a really smooth salaryman though. In reality...I think he might be involved in a bit of arm twisting and *cough* convincing of certain people. No doubt would include ties to some not-too-nice criminals in the white collar crime community...economic terrorism maybe? Ah, speculation, speculation...
26th-Jul-2005 10:07 am (UTC)
Well, actually, I was reading a synopsis. And he's a terrorist who's after the head of Homeland Security. For unknown reasons, he wants the heroine to help him out, and he's holding her dad hostage to insure that she'll do what he wants. Kinda hooky, I think...
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