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How much action EXACTLY is there in DOS?


Dec 13 2013, 7:19am

Post #1 of 6 (368 views)
How much action EXACTLY is there in DOS? Can't Post

Can anyone who has seen the film give an approxiamtion of the total time of all the action scenes?

Or even better, can anyone give a break-up of for how long each action sequence goes on?

Of the scenes I know,

Beorn Chase - ?
Mirkwood - ?
Barrels - ?
Lake-Town fight - ?
the dwarf-Smaug confrontation - ?
Anything else - ?

I believe this will be the make-or-break factor for me liking DOS. So help will be appreciated. Smile

To sum up my views on the first Hobbit film:

- It's not the Phantom Menace.
- The CGI is worse than LOTR
- Is it Freeman playing Bilbo or the other way round?
- Best villain - Goblin King
- Re: Bestest villain - Gollum
- Thorin is good but Bofur's the best!
- Too much attention on Armitage. Must rectify in DOS
- Azog is a weird heterogenous mixture of General Mandible and old Voldy. (which is bad)
- How many times will SIM have to play Gandalf to win an Oscar????
- I'm a Serkis-freak
- Freeman = Best hobbit till date
- Will I watch DOS? Are you outta yer freakin' mind!!!! Sure I would.

Grey Havens

Dec 13 2013, 7:30am

Post #2 of 6 (240 views)
Of all those sequences, [In reply to] Can't Post

the Dwarf-Smaug one is the only one that seems to keep going on a while. The next longest is probably the Orc/Elf/Dwarf fight sequence as the Dwarves are escaping in the barrels. The other ones you list are over fairly quickly. There's a bit of action between Gandalf and the Necromancer too, which is I think the most spectacular bit of action in the movie. It is absolutely fantastic to see Gandalf in full Wizard mode, being tested by another being with similar power -- that bit is just about as good as the iconic confrontation between Gandalf and the Balrog. Gandalf unleashing his full power is very, very impressive.

Not sure how much that helps you! My general impression at this point is that the action sequences are more concise (save for the final Dwarf/Smaug confrontation) and give better pacing to the movie than did the ones in AUJ.

But that's just my opinion, after two views. Best thing I can say is go in with an open mind and form your own opinions! No point in trying to make up your mind beforehand. Smile

(This post was edited by Roheryn on Dec 13 2013, 7:33am)


Dec 13 2013, 8:04am

Post #3 of 6 (175 views)
action [In reply to] Can't Post

It is about 85 % action in the movie until the talks with Hobbit and Dragon start

Grey Havens

Dec 13 2013, 8:13am

Post #4 of 6 (168 views)
Depends on how you define action... [In reply to] Can't Post

but I'm pretty sure it's not nearly that much. There's lots of calmer quieter bits, and I'm pretty sure there's more dialog between Dwarves too (compared to in AUJ), which is really nice.


Dec 13 2013, 8:29am

Post #5 of 6 (148 views)
I didn't take a stopwatch with me....... [In reply to] Can't Post

or paper and pencil and a torch.
So you will have to see the film without this obviously vital information.
Or perhaps without it you will decide not.


Dec 13 2013, 1:05pm

Post #6 of 6 (81 views)
action defined [In reply to] Can't Post

action is also running, fighting spiders, being moved to the Elf town
being put in jails, the barrels till the cutting of the head
Action is also in barrels over the lake and being under a lot and lot of smelly Fish (Gollem would have loved it :D)
Action is the action to try to get the weapons and the speech with the Town Master..
Action is the fight of the Elf Prince and the Orcs till the riding away on the white horse
Action is for sure the entering of the grave of the 9 and the scenes of Sauron and Gandalf.
In short for me the 15 % none action is the sleeping, the looking from the tree top and perhaps the moment Elf lady and Kili look at the magic stone :D
Btw it is special that the only blood we see in this movie is the nose bleeding.
Unlike movies like 300 and Rise of an Empire we do not see enormous amounts of blood flying around
even when heads are cut of.. there are no red fountains.. pleasant that is


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