Double Feature Duel (Rd2): Adjustment Bureau vs. Escape From the POTA

Double Feature Duel (Rd2):
Adjustment Bureau vs. Escape From the Planet of the Apes

A creative movie with great dialogue and a horrible ending against one of the better movies in a series of bad films.

Title: It’s easy enough to spit out the company line about the length of the POTA title, which I already did in the first round. But Adjustment Bureau is too clever to go unnoticed. So… consider yourself noticed. (Point, Adjustment Bureau 1-0)

Funnier: I’ll give Escape its props, but the humorous dialogue from Adjustment Bureau drove the movie down its complex and windy path. (Point, Adjustment Bureau 2-0)

Better Turn: The turn in Adjustment Bureau made me turn my computer off and pay attention. And that’s hard to do, as I’m currently typing while watching another movie. (Point, Adjustment Bureau 3-0)

Better Ending: The Adjustment Bureau could have gone in a number of directions. Straight down off a Thelma & Louise size cliff is a direction. (Point, Escape 3-1)

Better Message: Escape kind of clocked us over the head with their message – almost more so than An Inconvenient Truth did, but it was still poignant. And Adjustment Bureau decided to concentrate on the swimsuit competition. (Point, Escape 3-2)

Better Acting: It’s tough to compare an Oscar-nominated actor with a plastic ape getting a truth serum. But I’ll try. (Point, Adjustment Bureau 4-2)

Poster: Neither of these is winning any awards. But Escape came out before graphic design was a profession. Adjustment Bureau has no excuse. (Point, Escape 4-3)

More Creative: Both are pretty out there in terms of creativity. Based on the parameters of “which would I least likely come up with on my own,” I’ll have to give the nod to apes that see their world destroyed in a nuclear war and go back 1000 into the past in a time machine. (Point, Escape 4-4)

Watch again: And in a deadlock at 4, I’m going to have to go with Adjustment Bureau hands down here. Sorry 1971, but even your good shit is kinda boring now. (Point, Adjustment Bureau 5-4)

Overall: A closer battle, but another POTA movie bites the dust at the hands of the Adjustment Bureau. Winner: Adjustment Bureau (5-4)

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