6 ‘n 90! Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds!
Iron Man 3. Although writer/director Shane Black turns in one of the better super hero movies in recent years, it is almost undone by a severe case of 3rd act elephantitis.
Oblivion. This film has any number of homages, or, if you’re less generous, rip-offs of better science fiction films in it, including 2001, Total Recall, and Planet of the Apes. Unfortunately, what it doesn’t have is Stanely Kubrick, Paul Verhoven, or Rod Serling. Oh yeah, it also features one of the worst 3rd acts to hit the big screen in a long time.
Star Trek Into Darkness. It goes boldly where at least one man has gone before–Gene Roddenberry. This film perfectly updates and captures the characters, camaraderie, and spirit of Roddenberry’s original vision. Unfortunately, the story and characters are almost completely overwhelmed by CGI spectacle in the 3rd act.
Whatever their individual merits, or lack thereof, Iron Man 3, Oblivion, and Star Trek Into Darkness all have problematic 3rd acts. For this reason, we’ve decided to exhume a rant from the audio archives that takes on this recurring and escalating problem in films.