Friday, July 16, 2010


Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Written By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon Levitt,
Ellen Page, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy 
Synopsis: In a world where people can go into each other's dreams,
 Cobb (DiCaprio), does one last job, where he has to implant an idea instead of stealing it,
 that will guarantee him getting home again.

Inception- He Said

Christopher Nolan is a director that has an almost Pixar-like streak of great movies under his belt.  With his latest movie, Inception, he manages to create a dense world of psychological and philosophical trickery.  Inception tells the story of Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of “dream thieves” that must undertake the most difficult job of their career in order for Cobb to be able to go home.  The premise of the movie is a high end that manages to prove engaging and complex but still understandable. 

For anyone that has seen both movies, one will be able to see that Inception is the spiritual sequel of The Dark Knight.  One of TDK’s themes was escalation; while Batman kept trying to outsmart the Joker, he was always one step ahead, and the meticulous planning on the Joker’s part was top notch.  Similarly in this movie we have this plot that keeps on getting more and more complicated as we go through the movie, but thankfully it doesn’t get convoluted like a Charlie Kauffman story could.  The story deals with Cobb’s team trying to steal an idea from a powerful businessman, Saito.  After they fail in the trippiest way possible, Saito offers Cobb the chance to go home if instead of extracting an idea, they insert an idea in the mind of the heir of a business empire, Robert Fischer, Jr.  Inception, as it is called, is the hardest thing to do to someone’s mind, as it is a really invasive procedure.  Cobb gathers a team of experts in very particular fields in relation to the dream world.  The best character, that isn’t Joseph Gordon Levitt, is Ellen Page’s Ariadne, as she serves as the character that is new to this world just like us.  She helps make this movie understandable which is one of the movie’s great strengths is in building and making you believe in a world where people can go into each other’s minds.  The rules are very well established, and explained in a way that doesn’t feel like dumbed-down exposition.

This movie has the great ability to keep you glued to your seat; literally, I don’t think that I saw more than 3 people get up during the movie to go to the bathroom.  This is because, by the time that the actual heist and plan come to fruition, the amount of tension and what is happening to all of the character is so much that you cannot look away.  This is where I find this movie becoming legendary because the action and “in the moment” occurrences are just plain bad-ass, but underneath there is a lot more emotionally gripping and interesting in a philosophical manner about reality and fantasy and what happens when the lines are blurred.  For one, the CG is used in a relatively classier manner and the story has much more layers that can be the subject of many a thesis in film studies classes.  And as a good point to note, Arthur
(Joseph Gordon Levitt) constantly steals the show, whether its his funny back-and-forth with Tom Hardy’s Eames, or his amazing gravity-defying action scenes; this character makes dazzles you in his complete badassery.  He is easily the Boba Fett of this movie.  

Depending on your point of view of certain events in the film, your opinion of the characters can shift.   I feel that some of the characters that aren’t Arthur or Ariadne aren’t as well developed as they could be.  When you see this movie, you definitely feel this is the Cobb show, where we see him deal with the repercussions of his past actions, but it is almost a detriment considering the players in the team feel more like spy movie clichés rather than fully fleshed out characters.  If you interpret the movie in a certain way, the lack of characterization makes sense.  Otherwise, this feels like really bad writing that feels reserved more to bad action movies than a brainy sci-fi thriller.

I have heard of reviews that are frustrated at not being able to keep up with plot, and to those people I say, they weren’t paying attention.  This movie has a lot going, and it is really busy, but just like a tasteful guitar solo. It serves the song, or in this case the movie’s story. When it’s all said and done, you get a movie that mixes the best parts of The Dark Knight and heist films coupled with Nolan’s mind-bending style.  In a truly lackluster and boring year of movies, this feels like fresh air, and this is exactly the kind of movie that needs to be seen, it’s either this or The Last Airbender.  Your pick moviegoers. 

Inception-She Said

I thought I had seen pretty much everything when it came to movies. And then I saw Inception. With as many reboots, remakes, sequels, prequels, adaptations, and cliché storylines we‘re forced to watch nowadays, it was so refreshing to see something original, but not just original…smart; I mean really, really smart. Christopher Nolan created this world where dreams become reality, reality becomes dreams, and sometimes, literally, you don’t know which way is up.

The story is kind of a heist film in a way. Leonardo DiCaprio’s, Cobb, has been hired to break into Cillian Murphy’s, Fischer, dreams and plant an idea, but the trick is making Fischer believe Fischer thought of the idea. Not an easy task when the brain begins to recognize intruders and starts to attack them. Cobb has the best of the best working for him to ensure this “Inception” is pulled off because the success of this job determines Cobb’s future. He wants to go back home to his kids, but circumstances has prevented him until this job arises. With the successful inception, he gets his life back. The problem with Cobb is he cannot control his subconscious when he’s in someone else’s dream, so his wife, Mal, shows up. This becomes an issue when she tries sabotage the missions.

So the first half of the movie is the set up. We’re given rules of breaking into someone’s dream. And by rules, I mean A LOT of rules. Some of the time I couldn’t keep them straight, or I would forget what was said or how it will play into the inception. Don’t worry; Nolan’s brilliant writing takes care of those fears. All the rules I thought didn’t make sense…made complete sense while the inception was going on.  There’s not much more I can say or want to say about the plot. Even if I tried, the impact of it wouldn’t be felt unless it was in context. For example, the ending will be a huge discussion topic, and I could say exactly what happens. But what’s brilliant about Nolan is the ending only works because by that time you’re so invested in the world.

I can’t say enough about this movie. The action sequences are fresh and exciting. There’s one scene that happens in a hallway (shown in many of the TV spots) that was one of the most tense and impressive sequences I’ve seen in a long time. I found myself forgetting to breathe because it was so exciting. Nolan also takes a huge risk of having dreams within dreams. This could have easily have gotten convoluted and messy, but amazingly it doesn’t. It’s a brilliant ploy to give them more time to complete the job…wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Trust me; it’ll all make sense.

Inception brings an amazing opportunity for discussions. Recently, there’s been a lack of mainstream movies that are truly original, and this is absolutely refreshing. There are so many layers to this film: what’s reality? What’s a dream? How do you escape with your life? How do you finish the job? The craze and praise this movie is receiving is all warranted. It will live up to your expectations. Even if you’re not excited, see it. It’s the first great movie of the summer, and the ideas presented will be discussed for years to come, and trust me, you will want to be a part of the discussion.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Despicable Me

Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud

Written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul

Starring: Steve Carell, Russell Brand, and Jason Segal

Synopsis: Gru wants to outdo his nemsis, Vector, by becoming the best villain in the world by stealing the moon.  However, Gru's plans are foiled when he becomes a dad to three orphans.

Despicable Me- He said

Dreamworks Animation studios got its start in pop culture as the makers of Shrek, a great little movie everyone knows by now. Unfortunately, after the success of Shrek, Dreamworks stuck with the same formula of celebrity voices and adult humor undertones, with mediocre animation and stories, giving us such gems as Shark Tale, Bee Movie, and the second Madagascar movie. This all finally went away when they released Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, and subsequently this year’s runaway hit How To Train Your Dragon. I am glad to say that while Despicable Me is not nearly as great as the other movies mentioned, it is an insanely enjoyable good time and pretty endearing to boot.

When I saw the first trailers for this movie, I was confused and rather apprehensive. The trailers made little to no sense when put together, and the marketing was all over the place. It wasn’t until the minions showed up, and my sister kept on raving about them, that I got a bit interested. The Minions are the cute, yellow things that serve our main protagonist/villain Gru. Gru, from what we see, is a mediocre villain who thinks rather highly of himself. When he goes to the Evil Bank to get a loan for his new plan that involves stealing the moon, he is rejected because he is no longer a hot new villain. That villain is Vector, a super geeky inventor that wears orange spandex and stole the Great Pyramid from Egypt. After Vector foils one of his plans, Gru tries to best him and he’s going to use three orphan girls, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, he adopted to unwittingly help. If you’ve seen any movie when the main character changes his or her way, you know how this movie will turn out for the most part.

What I found interesting about the way this movie handles its world and how believable everything is. You don’t question a geek stealing the Pyramid, yellow Minions walking around and doing nutty stuff, and the villain banks. I really enjoyed this considering that most movies need a long set up, and it felt refreshing to just jump into a world headfirst. Gru’s life is an eccentric one full of colorful characters like his mom and his assistant/mentor Dr. Nefario; they are both your typical over the top-senior citizen types, which usually seem rather annoying (I never bought into the Betty White hype), but they work rather well. I will say that the issues that the mom give Gru are interesting but felt tacked on at random times of the movie. Once we meet the little girls and their very distinct personalities, the movie starts to pick up in a positive manner. If you have seen the commercials you know that Agnes, the little girl will steal the show along the minions, and that’s not a bad thing at all. If you have seen Toy Story 3, think of Bonnie but a much younger version.

With the kids and the minions stealing the show, it does show Gru to be a slightly boring protagonist, his overly confident persona that masks a guy full of insecurity is something we’ve seen quite a bit. Vector is the worst character of the whole movie; he’s a very one-note sort of characters that did very little to nothing to add to the story. But these are all rather minor complaints about the movie. The weird thing is that there is nothing truly wrong with the movie, and its story is one that we have seen before but it is done well. As I stated before Gru and Vector being weak characters is a detriment to the overall story.

Overall, this is one of the better Dreamworks Animation movies, sure they are following the same formula that has gotten them in trouble before, but this time like in their last two movies it works just fine.

Despicable Me- she said

I don’t usually buy into Dreamworks movies. I enjoyed Shrek, but after that, their movies seemed so much more blah than Pixar movies. It wasn’t until this year’s How to Train Your Dragon by DreamWorks (I never saw Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs until recently) that I realized someone besides Pixar could make a decent animated movie. Even with that, I still wasn’t expecting much when Despicable Me was being advertised. I was indifferent towards the movie going in, but I found myself really, really enjoying it.

Despicable Me creates this amazing world where villains live next door, have their own banks, and regularly steal major landmarks like the Great Pyramid. Gru is a villain who was probably very good at his job at some point, but he has lost his edge. He is very old school having a cascade of miniature twinkie-looking things as his minions working on new and brilliant gadgets and gizmos. He has developed the best idea to get him back on top…steal the moon. Unfortunately, he can’t get the loan for his idea from the bank (the loan goes to his nemesis, Vector), so Gru adopts three girls, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, to unknowingly help him. At first, Gru is initially annoyed with having these three new personalities in his home, but then they grow on him.

Gru initially uses the girls to get inside Vector’s house. Vector is like the Mac version of the villains, while Gru is the PC. Vetor’s home is clean, slick, and shiny. Gru’s home is worn, creaky, and has history. Vector has a remote control for everything, and Gru has to create a new gadget for everything. Gru wants to prove that he’s still the best villain, so he takes it upon himself to steal the moon to outdo Vector. However, his plans get foiled when his feelings change for his new “daughters”.

As the girls begin to find a place in Gru’s heart, he is faced with a problem: does he save his career as a villain or does he take his new found role as a dad? Or is there room in this world to be both? We’ve seen this situation before, work or family, but it’s nice to see a fun take on the classic situation.

The person who steals the movie is the youngest girl, Agnes. The actress, Elsie Fisher, does brilliant voice work. She walks the line of being annoying and endearing, which is a difficult line to walk, but she pulls it off. At first, you think she’s going to be this annoying little girl who’s obsessed with unicorns, but she’s so lovable, you want to adopt her by the end. The other girls are equally as adorable. They each have their very distinct personalities and quirks. I found myself more interested in their story than Gru’s plot.

Another fun aspect is the minions. These creatures are Gru’s workers, who live (I guess) in the bowls of his home. They’re like smart four year olds that look like mini twinkies. They work hard with the tasks they’re given, but they giggle and laugh at any instance of a fart joke. The minions are there for the crude humor that draws in the younger crowd, and even though I did find them kind of cute, the jokes got old.

Overall, Dreamworks is clearly taking a turn for the better. They must have found some new writers. Despicable Me is quirky and fun and is one of the better movies of the summer. There’s a new formula that Dreamworks must be drinking because their past few movies have been heads above their earlier ones (yes even Shrek). Whatever they’re drinking, they need to stay on it, then maybe they can actually begin to compete with Pixar.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Directed and Written by The Duplass Brothers

Starring: John C. Reily, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill

Synopsis: John meets Molly and begins a relationship much to the dislike of her son, Cyrus.

Cyrus- He said

Romantic comedies are ones those genres that make me groan continuously, and most of the time, they all hit the same beats at around the exact same time mark, and it gets rather tiresome. I honestly believe that one of the best ones from the last few years is (500) Days Of Summer and Ten Things I Hate About You; the former showed a different aspect and broke the mold, while the latter did the familiar formula in almost the best way it could. With Cyrus, the ever-hyped Duplass Brothers, directors of “mumblecore” hits like The Puffy Chair and Humpday, try to make their most mainstream effort of their career. Cyrus is the story of John, played by John C. Reilly, who has gone through a rough seven years since his divorce and is trying to get out in the game again. He meets the gorgeous Molly, played by Marissa Tomei, and the obligatory sparks fly. As the story progresses, John meets Molly’s son, Cyrus, played by Jonah Hill, as the epitome of a momma’s boy, who still lives at home and as we see, he feels threatened by John’s presence.

I had heard a ton of hype from both the Duplass Brothers and this movie from friends that had seen it, so my anticipation was very high. I admit I have not seen their former efforts, nor am I familiar to their style, so this might be a factor in me saying that while I enjoyed it, it was a bit over hyped and kind of disappointing. Let me say, there is nothing too terribly wrong with this movie, and it has a lot of really great points (mostly those relating to the actors). Out of the gate, Jonah Hill “wins” this movie; his acting here is so subtle and subdued that it solidifies his place as future dramatic actor. His Cyrus character says so much with just certain looks, the way he moves, and how he talks to people. The more and more I thought about, the more impressed I was. John C. Reilly was also quite fantastic although not nearly as impressive. Although, if he doesn’t stop playing sad dudes by the next movie he does, he’s going to start repeating himself Michael Cera-style. Since this was a fancy Dallas Film Society screening, we were able to see Mr. Jay Duplass, where he explained their loose style of shooting, and I feel this is a great asset of the film that lends a loose and organic feel to the movie. And the movie’s plot does take some unexpected turns from how I figured it would go if this were a bad rom-com.

Now, here’s the big problem with it, it can be a bit boring. I read up on the Duplass Brothers after seeing the movie, but have not had a chance to see their earlier work. I understand they like to straddle the line between uncomfortable and hilarious, and that’s never a problem in this movie, but instead there’s quite a few parts of this movie where it it’s truly slow. I kept on looking at Jonesy wondering if she thought the same. Since they use a few of the many beats that many rom-coms do, you can see what’s going to happen for a lot, but not all, of the movie, which adds to the boring parts. The other complaint, and I will not take credit this one to myself, from the amazing Gwen Reyes from, she made the interesting point that Molly is a bit of a pushover, and she lets her fate being completely controlled by these two men, which she has what I believe are slightly messed up relationships with.

Overall, I didn’t find much to enjoy about this movie, as I feel that people seem to like the “idea” of the movie more than the movie itself. As an advocator of any and all talented people coming up through this rough Hollywood system, I want to like their efforts, but I think it’s just more hype than anything. The movie proved to be boring at way too many parts for me to recommend this to anyone, with the biggest highlight being Jonah Hill’s performance. As hype becomes a bigger and bigger factor in the movie world, I have to tell you don’t give in to it.

Cyrus- She said

Cyrus is a movie where the super awkward meets the super awkward. John C. Reily’s John is a mopey, still-not-over-his-ex-of-seven-years guy who has trouble getting a date (can’t imagine why). He meets Marisa Tomei’s Molly, who is a free-spirit, fun gal with a little secret-she has a college aged son, Cyrus (Jonah Hill), who lives with her, and they have an awkwardly close relationship. John doesn’t seem to initially mind that Molly has a kid because hey, we all have baggage. But slowly he begins to see that their relationship isn’t exactly normal, and Cyrus is a sneaky, conniving, jealous son.

Molly and John seem to fit each other well. They’re both flawed in different ways, but they dig each other and may even love each other. But Cyrus doesn’t like this. He doesn’t like John and thinks John isn’t right for his mother. So, Cyrus doesn’t pull the whiney kid mode or even talks to his mom about his feelings…he’s sneaky in a very conniving and almost scary way. He’s smart, and he knows how to manipulate his mother.

So there’s the plot. Boy meets girl; they fall in love; girl’s son doesn’t like boy and tries to break them up. We’ve seen it before, and we’ll see it again. However, the Duplass brothers take a different approach to this scenario. They put their characters in some of the most awkward situations and use personal camera angles to make you feel like you’re in the situation too. There’s some amazing character work that the Duplass brothers created. The subtleties of the acting between Cyrus and John are eerily perfect. There is so much said in glances, unspoken beats, and smirks that only actors with real talent could pull off.

The problem I had with the movie is that overall it seemed really boring and has an awkward pace. Maybe the pacing is suppose to be the point because there’s not much of a plot, just one awkward situation after another. I’ve been using the word awkward a lot, but I think that’s what the Duplass brothers get off on putting their characters in those situations.

Overall, the movie is good, I guess. I wasn’t blown away, and I liked the little moments between the characters rather than the overall picture. I believed all the relationships, as messed up as most of them were, and I felt uncomfortable in the places where I was suppose to. It’s a fresh look on an old story; I’m just indifferent to the whole thing.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Last Airbender

Directed By M. Night Shyamalan
Written By M. Night Shyamalan

Starring: Noah Ringer, Dev Pate, Nicola Peltz, and Jackson Rathbone

Synopsis: In a magical world where a gifted few can control the elements of air, water, earth and fire, the Avatar helps keep it in balance. But he disappeared 100 years ago and the world has been thrown into a war by the Fire Nation, and now the Avatar is back to restore balance to the world.

The Last Airbender- She said

The Last Airbender is a big, fat mess of a movie. M. Night Shyamalan took a world that seemed rich with story and fantasy and somehow made it almost incomprehensible to people who have never seen the series.

The story starts with telling the background of the world. There are four types of tribes of benders that all live and keep balance within the world: Air, Fire, Earth and Water. (I was seriously getting a Captain Planet vibe a few times during the movie). Then, the Fire tribe decided they were so hot that they could take over, so they killed all the airbenders, except for one…Aang, who is the “Avatar“, the one who can bend all the elements. The Avatar is the one that is going to bring balance to the world again, but Aang ran away before he finished his training, so he needs to learn the rest of the elements, and this movie is the first book which focuses on him learning water.

Oh, there’s also, a water bender and her brother that follow/help him, a jaded Prince who was banished, his loyal uncle, an evil fire king, and a dragon that appears in Aang’s dreams. You follow me? Yea, me either. The story itself isn’t too difficult to follow, but it seems that Shyamalan was doing a lot of set up for the next two movies. When all the movies are out, then we’ll be able to look back at movie one and realize how certain characters/incidents fit together. However, that’s not conducive for people who don’t know this world. Many of the names of characters are lost and hard to follow.

I will say the visual style of the movie is quite entertaining. The movement of the elements are pretty believable and fun to watch. Thankfully none of the style was lost when the movie was up-converted to 3D. Now, the 3D didn’t really add anything to the movie, but it didn’t make the action sequences messy or incomprehensible.

The biggest problem I had with the movie was pacing. I had no sense of time during the characters travels unless someone mentioned it in passing. The scenes seemed very episodic and rushed. In the beginning, the brother and sister find Aang, and Aang comes back to their village. Then, the evil fire people come, within hours it seems, terrorizes the village, and Aang decides to go with the fire people. Then the brother and sister up and go and rescue because they need to? Like him? I wasn’t sure why they even went after to rescue Aang. I was told later that in the cartoon Aang was in their village for a few weeks, so they got to know each other. Again, a very rushed relationship I was suppose to buy into and believe.

This movie had the potential. I’m not sure what happened, but it doesn’t make me want to watch the cartoon at all. The movie’s a mess; don’t waste your time.

The Last Airbender- He said

     Adaptations are one of the greatest balancing acts in all forms of art.  In music, you want to make a cover song recognizable but with something different. With TV and movies, you need to stay as true to the source material, make sure the material is recognizable but is shown properly for the TV/media format. Unfortunately in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest, The Last Airbender, (adapted from the Nickelodeon cartoon of the same name) manages to equally adapt and completely and utterly mess up a great cartoon. As you will see in the million and one instances of exposition, we learn that the world is full of people that control the four elements earth, water, fire, and air. They are called benders and from these elements stem 4 different tribes that lived in balance. Unfortunately, the Fire Nation started a war that has lasted for 100 years. The main character is named Aang, an Airbender, who was chosen to be the Avatar, who can control all of the elements and bring balance to the world. After running away from the responsibility 100 years ago, Aang is found by a brother and sister, Sokka and Katara, in an iceberg. After the Fire Nation and its banished Prince Zuko hunt him, they decide to travel North so Aang can learn waterbending from a master. For those that know the show, this is old news, but to those that are uninitiated, it might seem overwhelming. (To put it in context, I have seen the entire series, which has become one of my favorite animated shows this side of Transformers Animated and Beast Wars.) 

     Where do I begin to describe how cheated I felt? Anyone remember The Phantom Menace? Yea, it’s that kind of cheated; maybe not on the same scale but still. I came in expecting something fantastic. I know Shyamalan has messed up big time lately, but he has a very visual style which gave me great hope and coupled with the fact that the creator, Michael Dante DiMartino, is an Executive Producer, I figured it’d stay true to the show. The movie is supposed to represent the first season called the "Book of Water", and that’s one of the worst faults of the movie. It literally tries to recreate almost 12 hours of cartoon and character development into freaking 90 minutes. There is no excuse for the movie to be so short. This is a great world that can and should be explored. (Mind you it’s no LOTR but still!) And in trying to do all of this cramming, the movie suffers greatly from pacing. Once again, I understood that they had to set up things that lead on to others, but since it felt they didn’t know what to cut, it just felt as weird as Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen (oh yes I went there). The motivations and characteristics of the protagonists and antagonists are vaguely described in numerous expositions that get cumbersome after the first third of the movie. You can see glimpses of episodes here and there in the movie, but it’s like you’re watching a string of poorly acted summaries in succession.

     The casting was another issue altogether with Shyamalan’s decision to cast many of the clearly Asian protagonists into white roles while casting the whiter toned villains from the Fire Nation by darker skinned actors. Now, while I can see this being a problem, it feels wrong that I was fine with the casting when I see how well Dev Patel played Zuko and Shaun Toub plays Uncle Iroh. They both channel and play their respective characters so well, it makes me not care about the race issue. My issue is completely miscasting key roles. Fire Lord Ozia played by Clif Curtis and Commander Zhao played by Aasif Mandiv are so freaking wrong for their roles. In the cartoon, both of these men are towering and downright intimidating. Ozai is not even shown completely until the last season, and he is just as fearsome as he is rumored to be. But these actors that play them are just pudgy, slow, and I can’t picture them striking fear into the hearts of anyone but a small child. And ditto for a certain character revealed later in the movie, the girl playing her didn’t capture the essence of this character, which will be an issue especially if a sequel gets made. The charm of the series has a lot to do with the characters and their relationships, as well as the humor. This movie had none of that, unfortunately. I had high hopes of the charm of the movie being there due to the inclusion of the Air Nomad animals: Appa, the flying bison, and Momo, the flying lemur. They are essential to the greatness of the show, and it’s a shame they are never used to any extent, except to let us know someone did a cool CGI render.

      In the sake of fairness, I will give great credit to the visuals. The benders of all the nations looked great and moved exactly like they do in the show. Probably one of the greatest parts of the movie is the introduction where the benders show off their powers off, which is a fanwank. It feels like they could’ve inserted more of these sorts of things to make it at least more enjoyable for die-hard fans. Once again, the visuals look great with the world of the cartoon being recreated faithfully from costume work to the architecture and to the effects the benders.

     Overall, The Last Airbender is a disappointing movie more than anything. The show in a pathetic sort of way means a lot and I would’ve loved for the show to translate properly to film. Unfortunately this shows that Shyamalan has no sense of balance, since a movie adaptation is a balancing act that most can’t do. The Last Airbender doesn’t have enough great things for fans of the show, and it’s too confusing for newcomers to make sense. It basically fails in too many ways, and it bums me out to say this. I hope that the future of the franchise is handed off to someone else a la Harry Potter. If for some reason the movie makes its money back, it could be a possibility, and the potential is there, but it needs a great director to make it happen. And M. Night Shyamalan is not that person.