Friday, July 13, 2007

Transformers and Die Hard 4.0

Caught both Transformers

and Die Hard 4.0

this week.

Transformers is wonderfully fantastic. The CGI behind all the vehicles transforming into robots is just so super detailed!

I have one quip though, everytime Optimus Prime transforms from trailer truck to robot, a close-up panning shot is always used. Making it hard to make out exactly how he transforms.

I love Die Hard 4.0 too. The action is simply breath-taking and fantastic. i love especially the part when the F-35 fighter jet

is used to take down Willis inside a trailer truck. In the process of doing so, the F-35 destroyed sections of a flyover! Super cool!

Maggie Q

is gorgeous. I love how Willis killed her though by ramming her down into an elevator shaft using an SUV. Just when she was about to shoot Willis with a gun inside the SUV, Willis jumped out of the SUV and clung on to a elevator cable. The SUV which Maggie Q was in, crashed to the ground and exploded. Awesome.
Die Hard 4.0 is the first major film appearance of an F-35B. The movie used a combination of a full-scale model and CGI to dramatise its hovering ability using its lift fan. STOVL (Short Take Off and Vertical Landing) aircraft, like the F-35B, are employed tactically in forward flight mode reserving usage of the lift fan for short takeoffs and vertical landings. However, the film depicts the aircraft hovering while engaging a ground target, the trailer truck driven by Willis. Also, the plane was incorrectly depicted as having two GAU-12/U 25 mm cannons mounted in the roots of its wings.


Blogger Emperor Liu said...

Only American-based movie company will have the audacity to blow up large structures in the making of the film. Singapore-wise, of course not, once our PIE is blow up, our economy will be crippled.

Friday, July 13, 2007 at 3:43:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

The flyover that gets blown to bits looks like the real thing. It's very well done, i can't tell if it's a minature.

They did it before in the James Cameron's movie, True Lies. They blew up the bridge of the Floriday Keys. But that one can tell it's a minature, even though it's still well done by today's standards.

Friday, July 13, 2007 at 4:23:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Smarty Pants said...

Transformer was a great movie. I like it so i rate it 5 star but i the only thing i hate is Human are hopeless "Human deserve to die" - Megatron

Sadly I don't watch Die hard 4.0 but I believe the flyover that gets blown to pieces was done by CGI.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 1:00:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Smarty Pants said...

Oh one more thing how the heck did they manage to get F35 JSF? It's not easy to buy high tech military stuff on the market be it legal or illegal.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 1:07:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Smarty Pants: Welcome to my blog pal :) Gimme a five. I think most action movie fans can agree on Transformers being a great movie even though it's quite poorly rated by the movie critics with 2 out of 5 stars.

I think the F-35 JSF and the flyover sequences could well be a clever combination of minature plus CGI effects :) So well done you can't tell if it's real or fake.

Die Hard 4.0 is a big budget movie. I don't think the producers would have that much difficulties getting an actual F-35 to appear on the movie. Afterall, big budget Hollywood action movies have typically been featuring all kinds of fighter planes all these many years.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 2:43:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Smarty Pants said...

Thanks you blog seems better.

For hollywood producer they can easily get replica's from 9mm Beretta and M16's then into real B52 bomber for their movie.

For Singapore film maker I don't think they can due to budget.

For that movie i wonder how come the bad guys can buy F35 and start blasting flyover into pieces.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 3:50:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Smarty Pants: I doubt Singapore movies can ever reach the Hollywood's level of sophistication. Most of our movies are just plain stuff in drama, horror and comedy.

Actually the F35 in the movie belongs the US defence force. It doesn't belong the bad guys. It's the villain that told the F35 pilot to take out the trailer truck which Bruce Willis was driving.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 9:14:00 AM GMT+8  

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