Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

World’s End

Last night I watched Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. The kids saw it at Safeway the other day, and having just been allowed to watch the first movie, wanted to make sure we had the complete set.

I really liked the first movie, and thought the second was perfectly entertaining, but this one suffered from the same problem that plagued Spider-Man 3 and Matrix Revolutions: namely, the writers seemed to hope that putting in five plots, gigantic special effects, and endless action would hide the absence of a single good idea and clear story. And the final disposition of the main characters, especially Will Turner, is a total let-down.

You know it’s a bad sign when you’re watching a movie that features a guy with an octopus face, for goodness sake, and you react to some new plot twist with the thought, “Now that’s implausible.”

[To the tune of Bombay Dub Orchestra, “The Berber of Seville (The Berber of Suburbia Mix),” from the album “Bombay Dub Orchestra“.]

1 Comment

  1. Mr Pang, I am danny bloom in Taiwan, from USA. You are a futurist? Cool. I wonder what you might think about my idea of polar cities for the future survivors of global warming in 2500 or so.

    Much info about this on google under term of “polar cities” , go look or see my blog here: would love to know your POV pro or con. polar cities. do you think they might come to be?

    also, re cyberspace, so what;’s next. email me and tell me. i am a reporter in Taiwan and online to the world. i do not live in any physical place. I live everywhere. SMILE

    email me danbloom GMAIL

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