I must thank Ton as I had also started watching series one online (I had missed series one’s start when it was broadcast). It had taken me a while to get round to it because the later seasons hadn’t exactly made me fall in love with the buffoon-in-chief, his clueless followers and their shared (unnecessary) dramatic woes. I was often in a quandry; do I face-palm or shout at the tv (I’m old, it’s allowed) or both.
I needn’t go into the specifics again because I vented many of them at Ton’s Place in the comments – very therapeutic. Thanks again, Ton.
In those comments I mentioned ‘The Purge’, a movie that I really disliked because, once again, the characters are sooo dumb, soooooo dumb. I must admit, I shouted at the TV then too. It was a partially happy ending, so that helped a bit. (Not saying what part was what). I had three regrets too. At least three, come to think about it.
I also happened in comments (and emails) to mention the most gawd-awful film I’ve seen in years…‘All is lost’ 6.9 out of 10! Who do you think you’re kidding? I got to the end only by having it only in the background whilst busy watching paint dry.
It’s an immensely dull film in it’s own right, but where it really shines is the colossal, unending level of stupid of the star (Je t’accuse Robert Redford). The number of times I was shouting ‘do something’, ‘what are you waiting for’, ‘get on with it… anything…NOW!’?…I lost count. The first was when he awakes with his boat sinking (having slept through the collision), there’s a hole in the side letting in water and he’s…standing looking at it. Mate! there’s a hole in your boat, there’s no prospect of outside aid (middle of nowhere), YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING. Maybe have a cup of coffee while you think about switching on the bilge pump? Maybe switch it on first? Who can say what you should be doing? right? Then he spots a storm coming at him…so he has an emergency shave! I kid you not. He abandons a potentially viable boat to climb into an un-provisioned life raft and have a kip during a storm while his raft is still tied to a boat that he must have considered was going to sink (otherwise, why’d he get off?). I’ll leave it there. The link at the end of the post leads to real sailors listing their disgruntlements, or points of gruntlement shortfall.
So, in the name of all that’s holy, why can’t we have a dumbness rating on every programme (yes, that’s the proper spelling) and film. Maybe a maximum mental age based rating system?
To understand the depths of dumb plumbed by this film, try the comments->hated it on IMDB