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Screenwriter/director Michael Crichton
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Reviewed by Uniblab on February 20th, 2015
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This is the second and (sadly) last released commentary by Michael Crichton. It has the same great elements that made his previous commentary on The Great Train Robbery be so highly regarded. But unfortunately it isn't as good as that one. Crichton here seems, even through his voice, tired and detached, which makes one wonder whether he was already struggling with his health. The main subject of his speech is that, according to him, the sci-fi aspect of the various technologies depicted in the movie - swipe cards, cleaning robots, motion capture, digital manipulation of images, among others - is by now dated, and that doesn't distract modern audiences from the social commentary on the movie, regarding the role of plastic surgery, television, advertising and political marketing in our society; something to which the audience didn't pay much attention when the movie was released. Crichton also coherently finds room, as was the case with the other commentary, to tell some fascinating random observations and trivia, such as about finding himself waiting in a theater line to see the first Alien movie at 10 in the morning; the tendency of the audience to ignore some continuity mistakes in movies; a stuntwoman in a nightgown, in a time when "we did stunts by doing them".
I, for one, hope that at least Crichton had the opportunity to record other commentaries before his untimely death in 2008.
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