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Aquaman (2018) Review | Jason’s Movie Blog


It goes without asserting that Marvel’s cinematic universe of superheroes (i.e. the “MCU”) has substantiated to be a juggernaut franchise business authority, yielding hooked shared universe of superheroes amenity films taking into consideration that 2008. Hence, in an exertion to divulge their superhero self-discipline in Hollywood, Warner Bros. Images conceded the DCEU (DC Prolonged Universe), making serviceability of the superheroes personalities from DC Comics in a means to neutralize the Marvel’s cinematic universe. Prelude back in 2013 with their first first movie let loose Guy of Steel, the DCEU has (regretfully) had a bumpy highway in yielding a spirited cornerstone to construct upon. While Guy of Steel showcased the glory superhero purpose and purpose of what the studio ached to showcases for their extremely own shared universe of comic book heroes and wrongdoers, their heed-up sequels Batman V Superman: Sunrise of Justice and Suicide Subordinate (both unleashed in 2016), while were contemplated monetarily effective, were derived with significant checkup, objection, and division amongst doubters also as moviegoers. A year afterwards, 2017’s Admiration Female issued the DCEU with a proper progression, with the movie reaching paramount religiosity, receiving predominantly specific rundowns and having an awesome effective run at the box work area during its theatrical let loose. Singularly, totally as Admiration Female mount the proper stage for the DCEU to succeed, Justice League (the DCEU’s first burly ensemble superhero group up amenity) was unleashed during the last months of 2017 and was significant blamed by doubters and visionaries also as underperforming at the box work area with the franchise business’s most affordable digit. Hence, with the fallen short prospects of the Justice League not reaching its intended aspiration, the sticking severely darkness of skepticism has been actors upon the DCEU, spelling out an obscure future for this once probability superhero shared universe. Now, a year after the let loose of Justice League, Warner Bros. Images and director James Wan current the next installment in the DCEU with the superhero flick Aquaman. Can this cinematic undersea expedition boom to the party of being the “beaming indicator” for the DCEU or is it the last nail in the casket for this shared comic book universe?


In the 1980s, Emperor Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) escaped from her scheduled matrimony in Atlantis, clearing ashore and being rescued by area lighthouse caretaker Thomas Curry (Temuera Morrison), with the pair speedily dropping in love and yielding a young baby labelled Arthur. When Atlantis soldiers materialize from the depths to reclaim Atlanna, Arthur is permit in Thomas’s treatment, lifted with human way of guessing and Atlantean powers (a product of a being of two universes). Decades afterwards, Arthur (Jason Momoa) is realized as superhuman “Aquaman”, directing those in ultimata of sea rescue in between cups of lager and reaping his spiritedness. Singularly, spook comes to position Arthur, once he’s challenged by Princess Mera (Brownish-yellow Heard), that pleads with him to task to Atlantis and confiscate his rightful gap as its monarch, interfering with its current leader Panache Orm (Patrick Wilson), Arthur’s half-bro, from incoming war against the surface universes. Unbeknownst to Orm, Mera and the royal vizier Vulko (Willem Dafoe) have located a clue that will lead Arthur to the epic thrown away spear of Panache Atlan (Graham McTavish) and, if substantiated worthy to amass the tool, he will wield the power of the seas and be able to confiscate the throne from Orm’s iron grip. Singularly, Arthur isn’t pretty fascinated by the approach and has nothing to lug out with the kingdom nor be its leader. At unchanged time, Orm is trying to unknot the sticking severely underwater kingdoms with the aids of Mera’s papa Panache Nereus (Dolph Lundgren), in order to start a war with the surface dwellers. In renovation, Arthur administers an brute out of David Kane (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), a merciless pirate awesome, that has a confidential vendetta to job out with the Aquaman. Via so multiple assaulters kneading against him, it’s obscure if Arthur will be able to position Atlan’s spear in time and whether he’ll be worthy to wield it order to interfere with the coming war. Hence, Arthur have to come to be a lot more than a monarch…he have to come to be a rescuer.


As multiple of you comprehend (if you’ve been cooperating with my blog), I’m been a burly adherent of superhero movies, specifically the MCU and their comic tales amenity films within its shared cinematic universe. Singularly, that’s not to say that would possibly effortlessly bash the DCEU (prefer multiple have), however I totally cannot refute the truth their movies have had multiple coherent top priorities that lug out wounded the films from being hailed as cinematic superhero splendor. To me, I basically relished Guy of Steel, being organizing a irritatingly elaborate (and grand) backstory / origin movie for this contemporary iteration of Superman also as diagnosing the first access within this cinematic universes of DC superheroes. Singularly, Batman v Superman: Sunrise of Justice was totally also bustling in trying to prearrangement also multiple genius (i.e. being a heed up to Guy of Steel, an origin story for Affleck’s Bruce Wayne / Batman, and organizing further DC superheroes within this shared universe) and Suicide Subordinate, while having a fun / unparalleled household and a recognizable actors, had a thin story and undeveloped impoverished dude / villainy that inevitably didn’t vacate up to the movie’s overall buzz. Singularly, Admiration Female immigrated on the scene and blew multiple away, requiring myself, as it was a significant superhero origin story (thanks to starlet Gal Gadot in the role of Diana / Admiration Female and director Patty Jenkins’s overall guideline for the movie) and a beaming indicator of hope for the DCEU. Unfortunately, that beaming indicator of hope quick wrapped up with the arrival Justice League, which I located to be frustrating and truly fingered as a letdown. There were some contents of it that I relished, however (prefer Suicide Subordinate) the flick didn’t reside up its extremely own buzz; rendering Justice League a pretty unfulfilling heed-up installment to Admiration Female. All in all, while the MCU has located a lovely formula, the DCEU still stands on uncertain progression with an obscure future looming beyond the philosophies…. gazing for another burly hit to preserve this shared universe franchise business.

This, of training course, carries me back to chatting about Aquaman, the sixth superhero access in the DCEU and one of the last comic book superhero movies of 2018. Imparted how a lot Justice League vacated such a “sour proneness” in my mouth, I wasn’t also anxious to see another DCEU and, while I relished his significant appearances in Justice League, I wasn’t enthralled to see an Aquaman flick. To be genuine, of the pantheon of DC comic book superheroes, I wasn’t a burly adherent of Aquaman. I median, I was curious to see how Warner Bros. was gonna attempt to salvage the DCEU, however I was a lot more anxious about Admiration Female 2 (i.e. Admiration Female 1984) instead a solo Aquaman movie. Singularly, after seeing the movie’s multifaceted trailers along with the news of the movie’s actors (Momoa, Heard, Wilson, Dafoe, Kidman, etc.), I was retrieving a lot more and a lot more anxious to see this flick. I median, the movie’s visuals sorted genius (from the flick trailers) and sorted prefer a burly budgeted popcorn superhero amenity; something that I prefer and something well worth tailing for those that prefer “escapism” within openings images. Hence, I was pretty anxious to see Aquaman, however still had a tiny sticking severely shroud of skepticism in the back of my subconscious that this flick can be another superhero bomb for the DCEU prefer Justice League. So, regardless of my bustling itinerary of job (of training course, I lug out job in retail…hooray for that), I attended see Aquaman during its opening night, with anxious expectancy. So, what did I picture it? Flawlessly, it was awesome. While it shortages a filter of advance skill, Aquaman administers up for it’s burly scale visuals and fantasy expedition story for a exceptionally unmistakable (and throng lovely) cinematic superhero task. Assistance Admiration Female, Aquaman stands on its extremely own boni and is arguably one of the much closer entries of the DCEU.

Aquaman is channelled James Wan, whose previous directorial works has multiple eminent horror movies (requiring Saw, Perilous, and The Conjuring) also as the feedback amenity movie Enraged 7.  So, with his background a lot more in the horror genre, it was a minuscule particle abnormal to see Wan helming a superhero flick, specifically from a coherent studio that desperately demands a “win” for this cinematic franchise business. To his debt, Wan gives to be seamlessly alright in the role of endeavoring Aquaman, foretelling a crystal-transparent picture and consummate of handling a burly-budgeted blockbuster. What’s numerous awesome of Wan’s musing for this Aquaman flick is the movie’s overall extent. The totality story (from start to coating) feels irritatingly burly, significant, and detectable, with Wan yearning to express a particular kind of a burly-scale grand for the amenity. While it’s an enthusiastic gamble for a blockbuster amenity to yank this off (i.e. bigger doesn’t repeatedly median much closer), Wan appears to have a significant expiring up being aware of handling such a burly musing for this flick and the movie’s last product surely verifies that. Of training course, there’s plenty of burly consumption of CGI visuals throughout Aquaman’s runtime, however Wan still administers the movie’s coherent individuality the heart and soul of the movie’s story, making serviceability of the flick’s feedback kit-goods for “eye candy” and rendering its multifaceted players burly-than-spiritedness personalities, with some issuing to have a particular earnest sensations of infinite superhero tropes. In renovation, Wan administers Aquaman heed its extremely own “drum” with flick having a numerous from its DCEU precursors by adding a lot more of a “humor” side, with some tacky one-linings tossing proper into the mix. While some can balk at the hunch of its consumption in the flick, it basically executes job and gives Aquaman with its extremely own rhythm and motifs. All in all, Wan’s endeavoring gives a significant equilibrium of burly burly-monitor feedback and crafting a visual pageantry, which administers Aquaman burly-time fun (something that the DCEU demands proper currently).

aquaman 5bd96db0cfeebThe movie’s screenplay, which was penciled by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and story by Wan, Beall, and DC’s extremely own Geoff Johns, follows a infinite fantasy expedition trope that, while still has plenty of current superhero flick nuances throughout, feels a lot more of a “rescuer’s journey” story arc. In reality, the movie’s story is infused with other recognizable brunts, snatching cues from the tale of Panache Arthur, Shakespearean motifs (numerous notable in between Arthur and Orm), a minuscule minuscule particle of Indiana Jones, a minuscule minuscule particle of Lord of Rings, and nutritious dosage of recognizable comic book story the rescuer evolving his extremely own brute (kind of prefer Iron Guy 3) also as elucidation motif / post about a bi-racial individual coming to specification with his twin linage within himself. While all these suggestions show up prefer a patched-up story for this particular flick, it all executes come together (cohesively) in rendering Aquaman a burly blockbuster expedition that has a lot to prefer about it. In renovation, the movie’s manuscript feels prefer a equilibrium in between foolish nature and comic book superhero frivolities with a a lot more “swamped” confiscate on the individuality Arthur Curry and rendering the amenity feel prefer an undersea fantasy detectable (effortlessly with multifaceted kingdoms, questing, epic weapons, and an evil monarch). Hence, even if you wear’t prefer the actors or the visuals, the story story arc in Aquaman is pretty detectable and grandiose. As a side-note, both the movie’s manuscript and Wan’s endeavoring make the flick feel prefer a standalone superhero amenity, with the flick’s story predominantly infatuated on the current story and not so a lot on tying Aquaman to the rest of the DCEU. Hence, the flick stands on it’s two feet, without the aids of the other superhero nuances from the franchise business’s past entries.

In specification of flick / filmmaking demo, Aquaman is gorgeously capitivating and superb as a visual banquet for the eyes. The flick’s visual prizes throughout the amenity are pretty awesome with Wan placement out to cultivate (cinematically conversing) an underwater utopian detectable and he unavoidably executes cede on that particular musing with the flick’s last product presenting it fantastically. All the assortment non-human underwater pests / beings and the multifaceted under sea settings (locales and panoramas) are sensational, logically foretelling in means that feels both genius and pretty immersive. There are few sequences I sensed (here and there) wherein the CGI is a minuscule particle slipshod, however those sequences are few and much in between. To be sure, the flick requires numerous CG visual sorcery in the flick, however Wan makes employ of those particular prizes to significant burden in rendering Aquaman’s unequivocally breath-snatching and possibly the genius visual movie of the DCEU. Hence, it goes without asserting that Aquaman should be seeing on the best monitor layout as prospective (whether in cinemas or in at a individual’s extremely own residence).

In conjunction with the movie’s wonderfully administered visuals, I lug out have to point out that the totality art guideline group (requiring the conceptual instrumentalists) have to be commended for their artistic / imaginative campaigns on the flick. Personally, I was so awesome with all the models job for all the locales and settings for the flick also as the multiple of undersea pests. I median…I realized that the flick was gonna have some kind of artistic juices in bringing this underwater universes to spiritedness, however the totality artistic models and representations (the first inoculations of Atlantis are breath-snatching capitivating) are aesthetically awesome. They wear’t feel by-product or throwback from other films out there, with Aquaman’s visual oomph and ornamentation “filter and feel” is its extremely own (and I love it). In renovation, the movie’s cinematography job Kirk. M Morri is also just as, tinkering up those particular visual-filled moments masterfully and rendering the amenity feel so striking detectable with all its multifaceted webcam angles and irritatingly superhero drama sequences. Other notable filmmaking places well worth entail the production models by Bill Brzeski, kit layouts by Danielle Berman / Beverley Dunn, and costume models by Kym Barrett; each one bringing a particular kind of attribute to Aquaman’s process. Also, the movie’s music rating, which was wrote by Rupert-Gregson Williams, is totally detectable sounding, tinkering peddle seamlessly with the amenity’s grand aqua superhero expedition and bringing unchanged specific dimension and scale with its melodies. In renovation, the movie’s soundtrack also facilities two songs in Aquaman, with “Every little thing I Necessitate” by Skylar Grey and “Ocean to Ocean” by Pitbull ft. Rhea (which is a partial perfuse to Toto’s Africa). Of training course, I lug out comprehend that it hubbubs abnormal, specifically to hear in the flick, however it is pretty catchy and I’ve already downloaded “Ocean to Ocean” also as “Every little thing I Necessitate” on iTunes.

aquaman 5b49ca5c27a58In spite of numerous specific points to prefer about Aquaman, there were a few mild destructive objection points that I sensed that, while it doesn’t thwart the amenity, comes to be a cinematic mole on an otherwise significant superhero DECU movie. Maybe the numerous detectable one that comes to subconscious is how a lot story is crammed proper into the flick. Don’t amass me unethical…I lug out love the movie’s story (anew, it has that infinite fantasy expedition story arc throughout), however there’s a lot to clarify, divulge, and cutaway to during the movie’s runtime, which sits at 143 minutes (i.e. two hours and twenty-three minutes). Assistance I proclaimed looming, the flick feels monotonous, with plenty to aesthetically see and hearing throughout the movie, however the story is irritatingly a lot so puffed up (to a particular extent) that it comes to be a minuscule particle hard for Wan to tackle (totally and wholesomely), with particular story threads retrieving shortchanged in the last product of Aquaman. This is numerous widespread in backstory of the 7 undersea kingdoms and their multifaceted developments or devolutions of the pests / beings that dwell within each nautical realm. There’s a quick expositional on the “lay of the land” (or instead “lay of the sea”) on these underwater kingdoms, however it ensues instead without defer and comes to be a minuscule particle of a “head scratcher” on sifting out “that’s that” of these respective kingdoms. I kind of filter of ached to comprehend a lot more, even if it was totally an expositional scene her and there. There are other places wherein this “crammed story” comes to be problematic and can’ve benefited from Wan (also as Beall and Johnson-McGoldrick) from refining the amenity a minuscule particle.

To be genuine, that leads to another mild obstacle that I sensed with the flick, which is an overall advance gloss to the amenity. Of training course, the flick filter “aesthetically” awesome and particular is teeming with genius suggestions, ethos, and cinematic nuances, however it shortages (simply a minuscule minuscule particle subconscious you) of a aristocratic coating in its task, numerous notably within its discussion and storytelling. Again, along with the overstuffed story being oriented, the movie’s discussion is a minuscule particle clunky at times, with some queues being a lot more over-the optimal and a minuscule particle foolish, specifically from the actor / actresses that are conversing them. Of training course, they’re pretending talents hide it a minuscule minuscule particle, however it’s detectable in a few scenes. In renovation, in comparison to Admiration Female (the other exceptionally praised DCEU movie), Aquaman appears a minuscule particle less sharpened. Of training course, both reflect their extremely own signature qualities also as the a lot more dynamic-day confiscate on the superhero genre, however Admiration Female has a lot more significant skill, with sharper discussion and a a lot more wholesome story. Aquaman tries to lug out that (to the vanquished of its extremely own drum), however doesn’t pretty reach that cinematic significant. I comprehend that it is hard to compare the two films (each one having its extremely own pizzazz and proneness), however I truly fingered that Admiration Female has a much closer story and much closer discussion, however I reckon that Aquaman’s universes composition principle and visual appearances are much closer. So, I hunch it’s a minuscule particle of a “enact on and confiscate” filter of thing. Again, I lug out have to say that these are objection points are predominantly mild ones and wear’t in truth sidetrack my overall favoring of Aquaman.

The actors for Aquaman is a spirited one, with plenty of recognizable faces appearing throughout the amenity. Assistance I proclaimed, some of their personalities are a minuscule particle two-dimensional, however are elevated a minuscule particle by the theatrical talents (or even monitor-manner) of the collaborative group of actors and actresses in the movie. Leading the penalty (of training course) is actor Jason Momoa, that plays the movie’s rescuer protagonist individuality of Arthur Curry / Aquaman. After his cameo-prefer significant appearances in Batman v Superman: Sunrise of Justice and a a lot bigger upholding role in Justice League, Momoa, realized for his semblances in Video game of Thrones, Conan, and Stargate Atlantis, appears pretty suited with Arthur’s care free “bro” individuality and how he seamlessly depicts it. In his extremely own flick, Momoa returns to portray to dabble up the a lot more “enjoyable / fun” sides of the individuality, however he’s surely imparted a lot more depth to job with as Aquaman discovers the individuality’s susceptability and how he have to come to specification on that is and how he’s worthy of bridging the two universes of land and sea. Physically, Momoa is seamlessly casted in the role, issuing enough manly bravado in the lead individuality of Aquaman and executes comprehend how to postured on the tacky significant appearances for the amenity. While his discussion is a minuscule particle foolish in a few scenes, Momoa adopts it and is totally glided out to the role. To be genuine, I reckon he executes a significant job, specifically taking into consideration that he carries his extremely own rhythm and rhyme to the individuality of Arthur Curry, rendering this iteration of Aquaman his extremely own. In short, Jason Momoa is seamlessly casted in the role of Aquaman and particular executes lug a sense of significant appearances and rock-celebrity bravado to the superhero individuality.

Behind Momoa’s Arthur is the individuality of Princess Mera (Arthur’s chum / love exhilaration). Heard, realized for her semblances in The Rum Journal, Glamour Mike XXL, and 3 Days to Kill gives enough superhero context in the role of Mera, offering the individuality enough to lug out throughout the flick also as being consummate of handling herself in the movie’s feedback beats. Heard is seamlessly alright in the flick (not pretty sure of the fiery red wig, however it grows on you as the flick proceeds), however totally doesn’t make the individuality her extremely own or instead she doesn’t vacate her extremely own confidential stamp on the individuality (prefer Momoa executes with Arthur). Unfortunately, the love exhilaration facet in between Momoa and Heard is cliched and pretty eye-whining. It’s functional for the flick, however feels a lot more prefer a something for 10-year-wear. On the turn side, the flick doesn’t in truth enact on the romantic belvedere that a lot gap to expand and flourish. I assume it will be further toured in a future installment.

In the villain group, actor Patrick Wilson plays the movie’s coherent antagonist individuality of Panache Orm (the enthusiastic current leader of Atlantis and Arthur’s merciless half-bro). Wilson, realized for his semblances in Security guard, The Conjuring, and Phantom of the Opera, executes a turn a awesome efficiency in his portrayal of Orm, regardless of the individuality himself being a minuscule particle of a cliché villain. He issued enough product to dabble severely with to prearrangement as the movie’s “burly impoverished” and executes match the bill, rendering a optimum solution for Orm. Plus, totally prefer Heard with Momoa, Wilson is a significant aluminum foil for Momoa. Hence, while the individuality isn’t the numerous artistic or complexed, Wilson is significant in the role of Orm. Unfortunately, the burly bummer individuality of the flick is the prize seeker / mercenary individuality of David Kane (aka the Black Manta), that is messed around by actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Derive Down and The Highest Showman). While Abdul-Mateen II pretending / efficiency in the flick is seamlessly alright for the role of David Kane, the individuality himself is pretty unwell in the movie. This is predominantly due to the individuality’s engagement in the flick’s coherent story string, for the individuality is, a lot more or less, a side individuality, with the flick simply making serviceability of him sparsely and simply making serviceability of the individuality for an origin / villainy setup. Mostly, you can readily displace the individuality from the flick and his lack story wouldn’t authority the overall expire result of the flick. Hence, the individuality of David Kane / Black Manta is woefully underdeveloped and is predominantly for adherent solution in the flick or instead connection for superhero and predominantly there for setup for future engagement (possibly Aquaman 2).

In bigger upholding semblances, the movie obtains multiple a lot more recognizable actors and actresses to fill out these side personalities. This has starlet Nicole Kidman (Fashionable Hill and Moulin Rouge!) as Arthur and Orm’s mother Emperor Atlanna, actor Willem Dafoe (At Endless time’s Gate and The Florida Openings) as Arthur’s train / Atlantean royal vizier Nuidis Vulko, and actor Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV and Universal Soldier) as Panache Nereus, one of the other leaders of the undersea kingdoms also as Mera’s papa. These three clientele have burly second semblances in the flick, with all implementing pretty well in their respective personalities and lug out strengthen the movie’s coherent personalities throughout the amenity.

Rounding out the actors (in mild upholding semblances) is actor Graham McTavish (Outlander and Creed) as Panache Atlan, actor Temuera Morrison (Superstar Combats: Episode II – Assail of the Clones and Moana) as Arthur’s human papa Thomas Curry, actor Michael Beach (If Beale Road Could Talk and Soul Sustenance) as David Kane’s papa Jesse Kane, actor Ludi Lin (Marco Polo and Power Rangers) as Captain Murk, and actor John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Squandered Ark) as the Salt water Panache, and actor Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator and Blood Ruby), starlet Natalia Safran (Flypaper and Hours), and starlet Sophia Forr (Love Son and The Aquatic Diviner) as the Fishermen royal household (Panache Ricou, Emperor Rina, and Fisherman Princess) professionally. In renovation, epic starlet Judi Andrews (Mary Poppins and The Solid of Music) administers a miniscule cameo in the flick, however I’ll vacate that for you (the viewers) to located out that she is in the movie.

Finally, in true superhero flick fashion, be sure to stick severely for a fulcra Easter Egg expiring during the movie’s credits. It’s a mid-debt one (so you wear’t have to defer to long) and executes divulge a setup for what’s in store for Aquaman 2.


Arthur Curry (aka Aquaman) embarks upon a journey and comes to be the individual he was birthed to be in the flick Aquaman. Director James Wan’s latest movie check outs the iconic DC superhero individuality retrieving his extremely own superhero origin flick, foretelling a irritatingly fun and unparalleled DCEU amenity that sets standoffish itself from the rest of its precursors. While there are a few mild goods that the flick can’t iron out effortlessly (a crammed story, a unwell second baddie), however the movie is effective extremely own its extremely own boni, specifically thanks to Wan’s endeavoring, a grandiose underwater universes (artistic / aesthetically administered realm), and a Momoa’s unparalleled swagger to the superhero individuality. Personally, I loved this flick. There were a few particles that I believed that Admiration Female did much closer, however (by and burly) Aquaman dances (or instead swims) to the vanquished of its extremely own drums. It visual awesome, detectable in its extent, and predominantly pleasurable in its infinite rescuer’s journey. It in truth is the genius DCEU flick that’s current out. Hence, it comes as clearly no attract that my reference for this flick is exceptionally spirited “exceptionally prescribed” as there is plenty of fun and blockbuster power to retain a consumer merrily happy throughout the movie’s story. Imparted the specific rundowns from both doubters and moviegoers alike, it’s safeguard to assume that there’s gonna be an Aquaman 2 on the skyline sometime speedily. It’s totally a misgiving of once…however I’m picture in the next few years. In the expire, executes Aquaman turn the tide in the DCEU franchise business? It’s hard to say, however it’s a intervene the proper guideline (a lot prefer what Admiration Female was able to acquire). Still, Aquaman stands as a crowning attainment and rousing throng-lovely win for the DCEU, pretending as a fun standalone amenity also as a exceptionally exhilarating access within this shared cinematic universe of DC superheroes.

4.4 Out of 5 (Crazily Prescribed)

Granted off On: December 21st, 2018
Mulled On: December 25th, 2018

Aquaman is 143 minutes long and is ranked PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi physical violence and feedback, for some language

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