Paradox

2010

Sci-Fi / Thriller

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IMDb Rating 4.6

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by chriscoates 4

It sounded interesting. An Earth in an alternate dimension where an understanding of science doesn&#39;t really exist and where magic powers everything (guns, phones, cars... everything). A world where a puzzled detective starts using science to try and unravel a sinister mystery...<br/><br/>It&#39;s an interesting premise for a film. It was also an interesting premise for a film back in 1991 when HBO made the much-loved but little seen Cast a Deadly Spell. If you can track down a copy it&#39;s well worth a watch.<br/><br/>Unfortunately this (apparently adapted from a comic-book), is a complete mess. <br/><br/>If you&#39;re taking the audience to another world, a world that works in different and exciting ways, then the script needs to explain this new place and take the time to make it feel real. Instead the story here rocks along at breakneck speed with very little time or effort being spent on trying to seduce the audience and pull them along with it. Some of the dialogue is awful (and the voice-over at the end is especially bad).<br/><br/>Apparently this was originally intended for a cinematic release. However the decision to make it for TV must have been made before production began, as it looks every bit like a TV movie. The director has worked on the TV show Sanctury and it absolutely shows; the feel of it - the way it&#39;s been shot and the way CGI backgrounds are used - is absolutely identical. The difference is that here it falls absolutely flat. <br/><br/>Clearly much of the film is supposed to look and feel like a 50&#39;s noir (the costumes and sets), but no effort has been made to shoot and light it in any particular style (unless they were actually trying to make it look like cheap Canadian television). Occasionally the action stops and the scene turns into a drawn panel from a comic-book in a way that is supposed to be highly stylised and dynamic, but isn&#39;t. Here, in this film, it serves no purpose, looks wrong, happens far too often and ruins atmosphere. And then you have the use of CGI backgrounds, which are in a completely different style to anything else in the film and really jar. Sin City this isn&#39;t.<br/><br/>I would criticise the editing - there are some really strange choices that just don&#39;t work - but I honestly don&#39;t know if it&#39;s the editors fault. It feels like they only shot enough footage to properly fill 80 minutes or so and then they had to find ways of padding the running time out. So we get comic-book effects. So we get clunky, amateurish and unnecessary scenes (there&#39;s one scene of Sorbo thinking about Song, using flashbacks, which is just horrible), that suddenly crash in without warning and then crash out again. Also, some scenes just don&#39;t hang together properly and it sometimes feels as if a vital shot is missing.<br/><br/>The only good and worthwhile parts of this whole thing are the two leads, Kevin Sorbo and Steph Song. Watching Sorbo in something really second-rate made me realise how dependably good he is; there&#39;s nothing here that particularly stretches his talents but he still manages to get the job done despite having little to work with. Steph Song also takes an under-written role and manages to imbue it with some genuine heart and feeling. I ended up liking her character a lot and it was purely because of her performance. I predict that we&#39;ll see her in bigger and better things in the future.<br/><br/>In summary? The script fires the plot at you too fast, it looks and feels all wrong and the editor probably tried his best to rescue it but failed. And the actors deserved better. <br/><br/>Disappointing.

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Reviewed by dshell102 3

I wanted to enjoy this one as even throw away sci-fi (story built around fun idea but the rest of the movie isn&#39;t great) but this one was awful. Where it had originality it felt like others had this idea, realized it wasn&#39;t a good idea and dropped it. When it used one liners from Bond and Scarface, it felt totally unoriginal and made me honestly wonder how the writer has a job. The &quot;comic&quot; panels didn&#39;t add anything. In 24 they showed what multiple people were doing at the same time, but this was just multiple angles of the same scene most of the time, and the &quot;comic&quot; style did nothing to add to the story. It was a style, but the &quot;pow&quot; of the 60&#39;s Batman is a far better style that felt original and fresh while this seemed silly in a sci-fi story. (Yes, I know it&#39;s based on a comic, but it wasn&#39;t a super hero theme or anything. Was it just to advertise that it came from a comic? Because I couldn&#39;t figure out any other reason for it.) Sorry, I won&#39;t be recommending this one to anyone. The acting wasn&#39;t awful so I will give it three stars just so I don&#39;t feel I&#39;m totally hating on it. (It was the movie quotes that killed it flat for me, I&#39;ll admit. They weren&#39;t even cool, they were just sad!)

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Reviewed by tabuno 6

8 November 2017. The idea of a world based on magic and intersecting with a world like ours based on science has an intriguing appeal to it. This movie attempts to present such a parallel portrait of such a universe. There is a good measure of magicality to Kevin Sorbo&#39;s world here, nevertheless, the presentation is more along the lines of a two-hour television pilot movie for a hoped for series. The storyline is pretty basic with a twist or two and it flows pretty well together.<br/><br/>What&#39;s missing is the opportunity to really introduce how both worlds would interact as well as the various counter-parts like the television series Fringe (2008-2013) accomplished or the even more cutting edge fantasy series The Magicians (2015-2016). Paradox is able to display some intriguing magic in the fashion that Demolition Man (1993) accomplished for a look in a futuristic world or the intersection between animation and the real world in Last Action Hero (1993).<br/><br/>Overall, Paradox is a regular crime thriller fantasy which introduces a rather fun use of comic book animation together with live action film noir in a more literal sense then Sin City (2005). Don&#39;t expect too much here and you have a good possibility of some mindless but cute, predictable entertainment.

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