MANY SPOILERS LIE AHEAD
, mmkay? Getting tired of the damn "spoiler" tags. Consider yourselves warned.
Oh, good, I'm glad you got around to mentioning Total Recall
. Except, y'know, at least this wasn't as mind-bendingly ridiculous (although I would've totally overlooked a three-breasted hooker).
Also, did you mention Space Odyssey
anywhere? Evil computer-thing-- check. People in deep sleep betrayed by their gov't-- check. Etc.
, if you want to go with the "organic-in-the-forest = good, Big-Technology = bad" idea.
It would seem, with the "technology rejection" you mention, that they're playing to the "OMG all these kids and their technology and soon they won't even READ!" fears...
I am still trying to figure out WTF is up with Vika. How much does she know? She clearly has some inkling of who Julia is, as she's insanely jealous of her the second she lays eyes on her, and even says "it was always her" as if she remembers all perfectly. Does she know precisely what happens when she says she and Jack are no longer "an effective team"? I mean, her demeanor isn't one of a woman who just thinks somebody's getting a transfer. Is her reward for playing the game that she gets to be with Jack (who she clearly has a thing for even in the flashback)?
Or is she just a crappily-written semi-villain? I find it really difficult to believe she's just perfectly happy to spend years on end in one little house, has no curiosity about the surface, is a big rule follower. The woman's a damn *astronaut*; she's not even happy to stay on one *planet*, FFS, so why the big personality 180? (and if she DOES know all, being "the bad guy" who totally sells out humanity just to get with a guy doesn't seem to fit with what we see of her in the flashback, either.)
|J Wrote:The way they took out the Big Bad AI? Independence Day, complete with the improbability factor.
See also: Signs
. Improbability, I mean. But don't get me started on that movie.
You're right, though. "Good luck to humanity" was my thought, too. Ah, well. I suppose we can assume a little purge probably already took place, and those not fit to be survivalists died out a good time ago.
Also, my earlier question of whether it was even ethical for him to decide FOR Julia that she was going to live, as if he's a parent and she's a little kid who can't decide what she wants to do for herself and needs him to step in and do what he feels best for her. Hell, he afforded Vika more respect than that in the flashback...
I'm... not even going to get going on the "kickass chick is left behind and OF COURSE it has to be to pop out a bay-bay and pine for a dude and yada yada" thing. This film really wasn't that kind to the female characters. Both are alleged to be strong and smart and adventurous, but in practice that's not quite what happens; one ends up a shrewish, goody-two-shoes pawn whose former personality we wouldn't recognize, and the other will take any guy who looks like another and ends up a solitary single mother in a house in the woods (cause one of the guys who looks like another wouldn't even let her choose to die with him) and is totally cool with that.