Review of Langoliers Movie

Discussion in 'The Langoliers' started by Neil W, Feb 10, 2014.

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    Stephen King's enjoyable novella about a planeload of passengers who,
    thanks to a very odd storm and a warp in space/time, find themselves stranded in an unpopulated and rapidly decaying version of their own world (because time has moved on into the future)
    is turned into a possibly over-long three-part TV miniseries.

    There is much to like here. The adaptation is moderately faithful, the casting and performances are good (Bronson Pinchot is a bit over the top, but that is a requirement of the character), and there are some nice production touches - the gradual de-saturisation of the colour works well to demonstrate what is happening.

    Not so good are the Langoliers themselves. They had to be a special effect, but they could have usefully consumed a bigger chunk of budget: they should be terrifying because of what they do but, unfortunately, they come across as rather comical.

    And, as I said, the thing is too long. Three hours is taken to tell a story which could have been told in half that time, and you'd have been on the edge of your seat all the way through.

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