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[QUOTE] Saw it in Thailand. Movies tend to come out in SE Asia first, cos of the time zone difference and also probably to give people more reason to see it before it inevitably gets pirated onto DVD or streaming sites.[/QUOTE] I should've guessed that! I remember seeing Pacific Rim a day ahead of everybody else for the same reason! A while ago when I was watching The Road Warrior with my folks, I thought about how affecting the violence of the movie was. It occurred to me that though the cast of the movie was relatively small, nobody in the movie was a faceless soldier/suit/whatever. Absolutely everybody in the movie, even if they only ever spoke one or zero lines, had a unique appearance. There are tons of movies where an innocent bystander is endangered and by the audio/camerawork/trope we're supposed to feel all upset about what is happening, but I never really feel much for it aside from "oh, they are trying to pull my heartstrings right now". In The Road Warrior, they managed to make everybody unique, and in seeing one unique character witnessing another unique character's death, it's affecting. Even the "faceless" characters which are masked are unique. In some movies having a horde of masked soldiers/killers/monsters/otherwise-identical-threats is used to create the feeling of being hounded and overwhelmed by this inhuman and monstrous force, but when the victims are insufficiently distinct and/or too numerous, we get the same effect: we feel the overall plot tragedy ("Oh how terrible, all those people died!"), but not a more personal or even more human tragedy ("Oh my gosh they killed the Amazon woman! And the midget mechanic tried to save her and he was so anguished and in trying to save her he died, too! THEY'RE GONE FOREVER, THERE'S NOBODY ELSE LIKE THEM IN THE WHOLE WORLD!"). In spite of the realism of scenes of mob panics in modern big productions, I do wind up with less sympathy for them because I interpret them as a mob that I don't get to know, a visual metaphor, and a plot device. It's hard for me to feel personal tragedy for a mob, even when it's a mob of innocents.
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