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Christopher Nolan’s Principle was eventually released on home video, meaning the film’s mind-boggling time travel story can now be enjoyed from the safety of your home. Science fiction author Anthony Ha says the movie is a must have watch for fans of action movies.

“You’ve seen movies where things could be played backwards, but have someone who fights normally and then someone who is [fighting backwards]“In that cause and effect are reversed – it’s just not something I’ve ever seen before, so it was amazing,” Ha says in episode 447 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast.

Unfortunately, the film’s cardboard characters and convoluted plot don’t quite do its brilliant premise justice. Television writer Andrea Kail found Principle almost impossible to understand. “I followed him for a while and then somewhere halfway he went nuclear with the ‘What’s going on here? “, She says. “I am really shocked and surprised that Christopher Nolan was able to make a film even more opaque than Interstellar. “

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley love PrincipleThe original take on time travel, but agrees the film is unlikely to be in touch with most viewers. “If the idea of ​​a guy fighting another who goes back in time doesn’t appeal to you, you can just skip this movie,” he says.

Fantastic author Erin Lindsey had mixed feelings about Principle, but thinks she might have enjoyed it more if Covid-19 hadn’t taken her away from the theaters. “I think it’s an overwhelming disappointment that we didn’t get to see it on the big screen the way it was meant to be seen, because I think all the things we enjoy about this movie would be even more thought out. . blowing with that experience on the big screen, ”she said.

Listen to the full interview with Anthony Ha, Andrea Kail and Erin Lindsey in Episode 447 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.

Erin Lindsey on Principlethe villains:

“They give the impression that they want to reverse the flow of [time], but to what end? What is the end state you are looking for? Are you coming back to the primordial ooze? What’s the plan here? It never appears to me. And if you can use this reverse flow to crash things at different times in the past, surely you can do better than that. For example, suppose they now have the technology to seed the atmosphere and create sunscreen. Plant this in the past, where no one knows where it is and can’t stop it from happening, instead of just turning the tide. Because it’s not going anywhere. It was as if they were starting to sketch out an idea – from a sci-fi perspective – that might have been interesting, but they didn’t really get very far.

Anthony Ha on Principle against. Primer:

“We also mentioned the movie Primer, and I thought about it after watching Principle. Primer is a movie where, for long periods of time, I’m confused about what’s going on and what the dialogue means, but I’m really invested in the characters, and I feel like I understand the big picture – there has these two rival guys in this corporate film, trying to take advantage of the time machine in different ways, so even though I don’t understand the mechanics of a specific scene, it’s still satisfying. While none of this is really clear to me Principle, so I feel like I don’t know what somebody’s got at stake. I don’t know what the overall goal is, so the confusion over what’s going on in this scene is much worse. “

Andrea Kail on the characterization:

“At some point we must have a reason to care about [the main character]. It can’t just be “Oh, the world is going to end”. We do not care? There must be emotional reasons. I think that’s why I needed an explanation as to why he was trying to help this woman. There is a humanizing reason there, I think. I was trying to impose a humanizing reason there for me to care about him because he cares about someone else, but he never really came across that he cares about her in as a human, or why he does that. There is never any motivation for any of these people. I can not understand. And that’s why it’s such a cold movie. It’s a ‘step back and watch’ show as opposed to ‘I get involved in all of this in a really emotional way.’ “

David Barr Kirtley on Time Travel:

“There are two commando teams. One is going to fall 10 minutes before the detonation and move forward in time, and the other will start 10 minutes after the battle and move back in time, and they will converge and circle that base. I thought it was pretty cool. I was pretty confused the first time around, but I was less confused than by the car chase. And just from a sci-fi point of view, I like the idea of ​​having this battle with soldiers that go back in time and go forward in time, and bombs that go back in time and back in time. time, and buildings that explode and do not explode. I just admire this daring, to even think of executing a sci-fi concept of this weirdness on this scale.

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