Am I the only person thinking
"Hmmm ... What's the point of a lanyard on a wrench if you don't hook it round your wrist?"
Still, maybe he's authentically acting a fallible newbie, who knows.
I certainly hope they do a better job of realistic heavy weather
at sea than the current
Kon Tiki movie, whose truly execrable trailer I suffered through recently.
In fact, I can't recall
a non-doco movie with even vaguely identifiable depictions of big waves in mid ocean.
There was one which very briefly got it right, about a rescue
swimmer played by Kevin Costner, but then they spoiled it all within seconds, as they always seem to.
I guess the fat men
who sign the cheques look sneeringly at any footage which has the tiniest element of realism, and veto it flatly.
"That don't look real to me
", I imagine they intone, as they light their next cigar from the butt of their last one.
And then, to validate their ignorance, their focus group pre-release audiences are drawn from habitual moviegoers, rather than sailors.
It matters not what IS authentic, only what is PERCEIVED as authentic.
To generations raised on increasingly twisted simulations of reality.
And so yet another generation of kids
is raised who will find the real world pale and unconvincing, in comparison with what they were led to expect.
It would be soul destroying to be the sort of expert advisor who gets hired to put in the authentic details, like the lanyard on Redford's wrench, only to have the important stuff over-ruled.
Some friends of mine served in that role, and as stunt doubles, for the climbing movie filmed in NZ (doubling for the high Himalaya) a few years back, so awful it wasn't just cringe making for them, it was actually white-anger territory. They didn't even go to the gala opening.
It was so bad I can't even remember the name.
The only 'stunts' which survived into release were blatantly contrary to physics, let alone human possibilities. It's as though they'd fired everyone at the eleventh hour and hired the guys who make movies about superheroes to reshoot all the good stuff.
Even without any knowledge of these elements, the stunts and their pretexts were so unrelentingly awful and bizarrely unconvincing you'd think a moderately intelligent small child would roll their eyes. And the plot was sub puerile.
.... It did quite well at the box office (sigh...)
And yet there was truly great stuff filmed, which all ended up on the cutting-room floor...
As if to show it needn't be like that, 'Touching the Void' struck me as almost the polar opposite. I haven't been up mountains in that particular (and horribly dangerous) locale, but it smacked of authenticity to me.
And a truly rivetting, true story, more gobsmackingly gutwrenching (and with more tension between loyalty and betrayal) that any fictional script.
it going gangbusters on ticket sales, though ... ... ...