1. Saganite, a haunter of demons says

    Blocked. Hm.
    A bit anticlimactic.
    But I can see the appeal, yeah.

  2. blf says

    Watching that set the mildly deranged penguin off on her usual rant — well, one of her usual rants, I expect her to segue into another, eventually… — about the lack of cheese in movies. I think she’s still upset her script The Gorgonzola That Ate Godzilla was turned down.

  3. unclefrogy says

    nice I was shunted over to youtube to watch it I guess that way they get the clicks?
    I did not recognize what the dubbed lauguage translation was, was it Russian?
    that robot kind of reminded me of the robot in the 2008 remake of “The Day the earth stood Still”
    I must be getting old and or soft but what I can’t help thinking about when I see action like that is the carnage, the direct damage of lives and property and of course all of the collateral damage which is usually completely ignored and glossed over
    it is only make believe after all but still it kind of creeps me out

    uncle frogy

  4. komarov says

    Okay, at first I though it was going to be pretty standard issue. But I have to admit, that clip has some new and creative ways of inflicting total destruction. And unlike contemporary Hollywood action clips, the images / action is actually slow enough for me to perceive. Usually during a fight scene I just have to wait and see who comes out on top, often whilst blinking a lot.

    Re: unclefrogy (#5):

    It’s not just you. That last scence where the killer robot ends up in a museum on display really put the cherry on top in terms of ‘crassly overdone violence’ or, more precisely, shrugging off crassly overdone violence. The bot massacred hundred, maybe thousands of people in a few minutes?* Definitely something our visitors would want to see. Just take it apart and put some glass around it and it’ll be fine.
    Depending on when that movie was made there are probably anywhere from 5 to 116 sequels to it by now. And the planet ran out of people to kill in part 4.

    *Bloodiest movie since Hot Shots 2, the record has been broken!

  5. vaiyt says

    Indian filmmakers just don’t give a fuck. Anyone seen Flashback Hero, or maybe that movie with the bodybuilders sponsored by Arnold Schwarzenegger?

  6. prae says

    Russian, yes. At the end they said: the robot had to be disassembled. Child: why? Robot head: because I began to FEEEEL!

    Also, is it normal to feel a burning rage for those assholes who arbitrarily restrict how their videos can be viewed?

  7. Rich Woods says

    That reminds me, I must watch Jungle Book tonight.

    I really don’t want it to disappoint.

  8. andyo says

    I recently came across a nice deconstruction of Jackie Chan’s style that shows why his Hong Kong movies’ action scenes are so compelling. Spoiler: it’s what Hollywood does, except the opposite. Very nice and clear comparisons including some of his own crappy Hollywood movies.

    It touches on what komarov said above:

    And unlike contemporary Hollywood action clips, the images / action is actually slow enough for me to perceive. Usually during a fight scene I just have to wait and see who comes out on top, often whilst blinking a lot.

    Although, I’m not totally dissing the way the Russo brothers are directing the newer Marvel movies’ action scenes, if it needs to be done, they know how to do Hollywood action fakery well.

  9. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    With so many instances, I was tempted to play a version of Kevin Bacon; trying to identify the name of another action movie a scene brought to mind. Inspired by the helicopter hijack, similar to Terminator II where T1000 flows into the cockpit, says “let me drive” and tosses the pilot out the door. The highway scenes reminded me of Matrix pt 2, etc. Not quite movie nerd enough to actually play K.Bacon with this trailer.
    interesting to learn they were speaking Russian. I just automatically assumed it was all Hindi, given the Bollywood characterization.

    As with most action movies, the physics was pretty cartoony. Like: one truck gets kicked, to land in front of another truck on the highway. Even though it has a pretty good forward velocity and a shallow flight angle, as soon as it touches the ground, it instantly stops moving forward and bursts into flames. [not complaining, just noting].
    Also curious as to why the big assembled globe of robots had to rotate to look different directions. When it is covered with faces with eyes, providing omnidirectional viewing capability. I assume it was try to give the sphere a little personality, as though it was a single giant head that had to glance around to stay alert.
    The way they were able to assemble into these mega structures was pretty amusing.

    Action movies are much better (IMO) when they try to be Fun and avoid the Gritty Realism they recently seem to be aiming for.

  10. Elladan says

    I always have trouble figuring out the moral message in these sorts of movies.

    From the clip, it appeared to be about heroic android collectivists fighting for freedom against the brutal power of the state, before being stomped down and killed in a genocidal rampage by some evil humans using zero-day exploits? I kept waiting for the robots to escape and start a commune on the moon or something, but in the end it was sad and the protagonist ended up in a zoo.

    So the message is that you can’t win against the state, just give up. Humans are the master race? :-(

  11. Rick Pikul says

    @komarov #6

    People really do go to museums to see things that could have, or did, kill large numbers of people.

    The Enola Gay is on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, (part of the Smithsonian).
    The Mémorial de Caen has, as part of its display collection, an actual nuclear warhead.

  12. blf says

    I always have trouble figuring out the moral message in these sorts of movies.

    It’s usually the producer(/ studio), I(/ We) hope this movie makes a bazillion dollars.

  13. Rupert Birkin says

    Well, that’s a Tamil movie and not a Bollywood movie. Bollywood specifically refers to Hindi film industry. It’s like calling a Scot English. Maybe worse as Scots and English at least speak the same language.

  14. microraptor says

    Ellandan @13:

    Yeah, that’s what I was thinking too. It’s interesting how in movies if scientists create human clone that rebels and fights for its freedom it’s usually the hero of the story, but if they create a robot or monstrous GMO it’s usually the villain.

  15. robro says

    Reminds me of Transformers, Power Rangers, and such. Stuff my son was watching 12-14 years ago.

  16. purrs says

    @6, @13, @17,
    From my vague memories of watching the movie a few years back, the plot (minus romance) is along the lines of:
    scientist makes robot; robot gains sapience and Emotions; mostly-benign shenanigans ensue; evil scientist implants evil chip in robot; robot goes on evil rampage; first scientist removes chip and fixes situation; robot is friendly again but seen as danger, so is deactivated and stuck in museum. I don’t remember where the robot doubles came from, but the general idea was that it wasn’t the robot’s fault. (And unfortunately, not exactly a robot uprising.)

  17. ck, the Irate Lump says

    Well, at least a Wilhelm Scream was in that clip. No action sequence is complete without at least one.