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Harrison Ford Thinks Modern Action Flicks Are "Soulless"

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First off, before we get into what Han Solo has to say about modern action films, can we just say that he looks pretty great for his age?

The guy is 67! Wow!

Anyway, back to the topic at hand: action in modern times.

The veteran actor, on his promotion tour for the very cool looking Cowboys & Aliens, has spoken up about the use of CGI in action movies these days:

"I think what a lot of action movies lose these days, especially the ones that deal with fantasy, is you stop caring at some point because you've lost human scale. With the CGI, suddenly there's a thousand enemies instead of six - the army goes off into the horizon. You don't need that."

"That's something that's consistently happening, and it makes these movies like video games and that's a soulless enterprise. I don't have time for that."

While we're not sure that we agree that video games on a whole are a soulless enterprise, we really understand where he's coming from when it comes to film and a character's personal struggle.

It's awesome that someone as important as he is is speaking up about this trend. Sadly, we don't think many execs will listen, seeing as the CGI bullshizz train makes them waaaay too much money to get off.

Though, it'd be nice to see some young up-and-comers be inspired by what he's said, and maybe we can start a bit of a revolution!

How do U feel about action movies these days??

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12 comments to “Harrison Ford Thinks Modern Action Flicks Are "Soulless"”

  1. 1

    Agree totally with Harrison Ford…The modern films are full of computer generated nonsense..WE need old school Goodies and Baddies..Real emotions and muscles..And the great make up and props that were in movies such as Alien, Hellraiser,The Thing and so many more…The CGI doesnt even look real!

  2. 2

    He's right! And it's not just Action films…ALL movies today just lack quality! Most movies I watch are completely unmemorable that I don't even remember the names of them!

  3. 3

    so….he makes this statement, after being paid what was undoubtedly a good
    chunk of money for staring in a film that (wait for it) has a ton of CGI in it…

    i mean come on dude…look, i understand what he's saying - to a point

    but why do this NOW? - when he's in one of those types of films
    that he's saying has "lost it's soul"….??? um, really

    the last 3 Star Wars films were ALL almost 99% CGI,
    guess he feels he can be a detractor AFTER he made all his money,

    and belittle the type of films that got him to be a household name 30 years ago

    ah well…


  4. 4

    I've decided your on Team Dark.

  5. 5

    Re: GOSSIP HOG – That is a fair point..HE has made a fortune from CGI Nonsense HIMSELF

  6. 6

    There is a difference between traditional special effects and CGI. CGI is cartoons. The flesh and blood Storm Troopers felt more menacing than the cartoon Clone Troopers in the newer films.

  7. @v@ says – reply to this


    I understand what he's getting at. Movie makers need to consciously thread the soul back into the movie by creating more empathetic and emotional investment for the viewer. I think there are many little twisty ways to do that without being formuleic. Glad he seems to be rethinking serving the financial master. He probably has much experience and analysis to offer.

  8. 8

    Re: speakfreedom – yes he has…ah well

  9. 9

    He's right.

  10. Jaxxx says – reply to this


    While I completely agree with Han solo he may want to think about that next time he decides to do a movie with a herd of groundhogs, monkeys and an army of ants

  11. 11

    Apart from his of course. dumbass.

  12. 12

    The sad thing about Harrison Ford being right on this matter is the fact that it ignites the issue about how so many things in modern technology a soulless experience. I mean, with the rampant use of text messaging, owning a telephone is now a soulless experience by eliminating one's connection with the human voice.

    An actor becomes a GREAT actor by having other actors to draw from. With excessive use of CGI, an actor's need to draw from the emotions played by his fellow actors is eliminated. So begins an ugly chain known as "lousy entertainment".