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Director Ian Softley
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Reviewed by villek on September 7th, 2004
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The track is screen-specific, but pretty bad. This is one of those commentaries filled with loads of silent gaps. Softley talks every now and then about the visual style and the camera work. He also makes a few comments on the story, the actors etc. It's a shame he has to talk alone. This could have been a great track if Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges or John Mathieson would have been there to help Softley fill those gaps.
Reviewed by Station51 on March 11th, 2016
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Absolutely lifeless. Devoid of joy, humour and enthusiasm of any kind,
Softely, who speaks like his namesake touches on lighting, lenses, sound, location and other things but it doesn't add up to much. We go back and forth between listening to him talk to listening to the movie dialogue so much that after a while he starts to sound more like an interruption to the also mediocre film. So, what is interrupting what, becomes a good question.
Softely hasn't worked much in film, either before or after. Maybe he just lacks enthusiasm. You will too after this. He sounds like he was coerced into this by the studio or it was written into his contract. He's just not into it or just doesn't get it. Listening to him talk is akin to listening to a guy go on about the many subtle nuances of cardboard. No wait, that'd be much more interesting.
Must miss. Not that many people would listen to the commentary for K-Pax. I would but then I'll listen to anything.
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