Posted at August 31, 2014
Bad movie. Horrible science. Decent token action, but nowhere near enough.
Basically, if we start using more than 10% of our brain (sigh) we develop superpowers. Which is a cool concept! But instead of using it as a basis for a silly movie, it’s taken entirely seriously. There’s no drama to the arc. So they added a drug-smuggling Chinese triad, who inadvertently triggers her sudden evolution, and provide “bad guys” that the “good guys” can kill. Which means, among other things, the action sequences are about white people fight villainous Chinese. Which is … not straight-up racist, and the start in Taipei is more nuanced, but it’s still troubling.
The Atlantic posted an excellent spoilerlicious review that says it all.