THE INVENTION OF LYING – I like the abstract idea of a society that has no idea of what lying is, but here we have people that have no filter at all on what to say… “Hello” “I don’t like you and you’re fat” – that’s not telling the truth; it’s volunteering information. This seems more a world where people feel compelled to say everything that they’re thinking.
The pivotal moment in the movie shows where the difference really is in this society; “You said you had $800 in your account, but the system says you only have $300. I’m sorry, sir, but the system must have made a mistake. Here’s your $800.”
Commercials are interesting in this world. “I’m Bob and I work for Coke, and I’m here to ask you to please not stop buying Coke. It’s sweet.”
THE BOURNE IDENTITY (2002) – I like that first moment where Bourne thinks he’ll finally have a clue to who he is, opens up that safe deposit box to find multiple passports and credit cards with different names on them, thick stacks of cash, and a gun. This is a great start to the series, setting up a world full of remote controlled assassins.
THE BOURNE SUPREMACY – This one feels much more forced – I don’t buy much of anything through the first act. The second act is little more than a big chase sequence, and the third wraps up in an oddly unfulfilling fashion as far as I’m concerned.
TERMINATOR 2 – Watching a fan edit of this one. I’ve seen T2 more than the other films in the series. I think this is one of those rare middle films that works better than those that bookend it. This is likely due to the time travel element where the screen writers could basically re-write anything they wanted to – nothing was really canon.