Monday, February 1, 2016

Sphere (1998)

An American science fiction thriller directed by Barry Levinson, starring Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharon Stone.
A team of scientists goes to examine a ufo at the bottom of the ocean. There they encounter a magic ball of unknown material, which they all enter. Things start to go wrong and there is heated debate over who or what is causing the disturbances.
Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson are both very good actors. Having them encounter an alien thing at the bottom of the ocean is an alright idea. There were some good shots of marine life. Unfortunately, the rest of the film sucked donkey nards. Maybe I've seen too many movies. Maybe this screenwriting class has wrecked my enjoyment of them with a single sheet of paper. Maybe it's just not that great a flick. I didn't notice any camera-work that could be labeled anything approximating "good" and Samuel L. Jackson's acting was really only used in 2 scenes: eating and reading a book. It's not that this movie is bad. It's just not good, or even o.k. I rate it poor. You probably should not watch this.

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