So did this movie live up to the advertising?
I think that they showed some of the best action parts of the movie in the advertising, which always sucks when you see the movie as the beauty of a lot of the film is spoiled in a way. One of the ways I think it could have been better is to follow more elements of the book like the spiral staircase and showing one of the scientists inhale the flowers to start to become infected with the organisms from the Shimmer. Another major change is the group doesn't find the journals of the older epeditions, but finds video. Obviously, transitioning to film showing video makes sense. I think another element that they skimmed over, which would have made it much, much creepier is that there were many more expeditions than the group had known about.
I found the character of the husband Kane the most interesting even though he really is a side character in the book. He is supposed to just be the drive to enter the Shimmer, but ends up being multiple things to the story. This comes through as they chose to not use the field notes, but rather flash backs to the past to see his understanding of what is going on in the Shimmer.
I think here they got down to some really interesting points of the dramatic build in the story. As we find out, the deeper in the Shimmer you go to the lighthouse, the more the environment has changed and morphed. We find alligators with shark teeth and later some really crazy beasts that have some human DNA.
Here again, I think the director assumed that we would only be covering the first movie and likely the other 2 books might not be made into movies. This is another fatal flaw in the director adoptation. I think the movie stands well on its own, but since it kind of arcs completely as a natural story, we don't feel curious to find out more about the Shimmer, which is a shame to the author. The author actually lived years in the swamps of the movie, so there is real authenticity in the book, which the director kind of missed by just assuming its a one movie and out the door experience.
How well were the sets done?
Have you done any artwork on the film?
I think I would need to set down and read the novels as they seem to be quite off the charts in quality having won several awards before doing art directly tied to this movie. There is one painting I did, that I show of man vs. nature as kind of a reality TV show of Survivor. The funny thing is after I did that painting they started all kinds of crazy survival shows: Crocodile Hunter, Man vs Wild, Naked and Afraid and Out of the Wild: the Alaska Experiment.