I like this edit. I can understand Boon’s problem with the removal of the cop scenes. But to me the edit worked fine.
It’s obvious through all the movie that the police is after him and the story is only centered around Douglas’s character,
so it don’t really matter what cop comes at the end to arrest him. So why not the cop we saw at the begining?
Sure we loose something from the original, and it don’t make automaticaly this edit a better movie, but I liked Adabisi take on it.
Back before Joel Schumacher was putting nipples on Bat-Suits and apologizing for Mr. Freeze's bad puns (i don't care what anyone says, i love those bad puns) in a DVD commentary, he was making some pretty decent films, such as The Lost Boys and Falling Down. So i was mildly interested going into this fanedit.
I can understand the whole being sick of the “I’m-a-cop-and-today-is-the-last-day-before-I-retire-and-I-really-should-just-sit-behind-a-desk-like-everyone-tells-me-to-but-there’s-just-this-one-case-that-only-I-can-crack-so-I’m-going-to-investigate-it-and-in-the-process-rediscover-my-love-for-police work-and-maybe-I-won’t-retire-after-all” cliché, as Adabisi puts it. If anything, the joke character in comedies has become a cliché itself.
Overall, this edit is good and gets what the editor wanted across. But the fact that the original movie was meh (interesting, but meh) to begin with leaves little in this edit's favor. I kinda like the cop, because it broke the movie up with something that wasn't the "angry white man" for the entire movie. It also helps with the cop appearing at the end instead of making us think "Where did he come from? Thank god that specific cop was there"
All in all, i can't really recommend this edit, due to it not being "interesting" enough for an edit, but i have no complaints towards it, as it's both well edited and gets the point across.
For me, this is the ideal cut of Under Construction. I always watched Falling Down for the "white collar worker losing his mind" plotline, rather than the tired and cliched "last day on the job police officer investigating" plotline. From an editing perspective it was well done, as I didn't notice any issues. I definitely prefer this version of the film to the original. Adabisi's edits are always enjoyable to watch as he takes already solid films & TV series and streamlines them, rather than trying to polish up irredeemable garbage. Great work as usual.
I loved this edit.
I’ve only seen this once before, I believe at the theatre, and forgot how much I love this movie.
It reminds me of Robocop’s social commentary and Network’s “I’m mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore” theme. Hell, the nazi in the basement reminded me of Pulp Fiction, which was released after this movie, if memory serves me correctly.
Editing, audio and video – it’s all top notch.
The police investigation is not missed at all and makes for a great viewing experience.
The only nitpick is the presentation. No chapter menues – Just a static main menu with a Play button.
Thanks for this. This is what fanediting is all about!