Paul and I measure the success of a movie by what occurs to us afterward. Like, even if we were okay with the movie while we were watching it, sometimes as we're processing it later we say, "Hey, wait a minute, THAT detail doesn't make any sense!" And if we do that too many times, it was a bad movie.
On that topic, may I save you the trouble of seeing The Thirteenth Floor? A full HOUR after we were supposed to be asleep, we were still thinking of things to say in the dark about what was annoying. We both agreed that the CONCEPT was a very good one---but we think whoever made the movie screwed it up SO BADLY, we can't believe the actors didn't keep stopping in the middle to say, "Hey, wait...that doesn't make SENSE, though. I mean, right?"
Plus, it was one of those movies that wants you to FULLY UNDERSTAND that it is SCI-FI, so everything is grey and metallic and dark. *Sci.*
Oh, AND, the script! OMG! We were seriously saying parts of it right along with the actors, and other parts were laughably awful in non-predictable ways so that both of us would cringe and groan as if injured. The detective's lines were the worst: he was like someone who hadn't seen very many detective movies, trying to improvise pretending to be a detective.
And why would he believe...? And why would she have to...? And why go to all that trouble when they could just...? And why would he say...? And once his alibi was removed, wouldn't he have to go back to jail? And couldn't they set it up to happen while the other person was sleeping? And "5'8" and blond" is an insufficient description for finding someone. And why wouldn't they ALSO use that technology to...? And seriously, how would THAT work? And couldn't we have found actors who were a little easier to recognize? And if that little detail about switching were true, it would be happening pretty regularly, not just when plottily convenient. And then the icing on the cake: oh, I see, the THIRTEENTH floor. Because....wait, why, again, other than that it sounds a little creepy?
It was like someone came up with a really awesome idea (by reading it in a book, according to Wikipedia), but then failed the crucial step of thinking, "If this were really true, how would things work?" The whole movie was merely a set-up for Teh Big Reveal, rather than being even an ATTEMPT to approximate what life would be like in circumstances where Teh Big Reveal was as-yet-unrevealed.
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