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Unlikely Film Trends Of 2013
Did you notice the more unusual themes of this year’s films?

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People often notice the obvious stuff – the fact that there are a lot of comic-book movies these days, or the way animated films seem to be proliferating. But have you noticed the slightly weirder trends in filmmaking this year? Here are the ones we noticed – and beware some spoilers!

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HALF-EXPLODED MOONS

Oblivion

Seen in: Man Of Steel, Star Trek Into Darkness, Oblivion

What better way to show that a planet is in some serious difficulties than to show a fragmented moon hanging in the sky above it? For the world of Oblivion (pictured above), the Krypton of Man Of Steel and the Kronos of Star Trek Into Darkness, a damaged satellite signals environmental upheaval and social chaos – or even extinction. Basically, if you see a ruined moon, chances are you should avoid the planet beneath it lest Klingons / Tom Cruise / Michael Shannon beat you up.

Why is it suddenly a trend? Could these sleeping satellites be a sign of our own preoccupation with environmental disaster? Let’s say yes.
 

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1 Callback
the shipping container thing in IM3 is probably a riff on 'lethal 'weapon 2''s climax, written by shane black. More

Posted by spark1 on Thursday December 5, 2013, 14:17

2 RE: Trends that aren't trends....
L: GrizBe Seriously, you guys at Empire must be really pushed for material to come up with such a none article as this. You could take these trends and pretty much apply them to any year for at least the last 20 years. t's only a bit of fun, calm down More

Posted by Hugh_Fran on Thursday December 5, 2013, 08:36

3 RE: Trends that aren't trends....
L: GrizBe Seriously, you guys at Empire must be really pushed for material to come up with such a none article as this. You could take these trends and pretty much apply them to any year for at least the last 20 years. I thought it was quite a fun look back at the last year poking fun at some enjoyable films. More

Posted by rob robbington2 on Wednesday December 4, 2013, 09:57

4 what about lack of original ideas?
isn't that a trend? as trends by definition imply people copying stuff - especially if it's CGI copying and pasting to save time and money. More

Posted by Jonny24 on Tuesday December 3, 2013, 18:14

5 Shipping containers
You missed out a film featuring shipping containers... they formed some pretty good improvised weaponry in Pacific Rim :) More

Posted by Nashwan on Tuesday December 3, 2013, 14:03

6 Trends that aren't trends....
Seriously, you guys at Empire must be really pushed for material to come up with such a none article as this. You could take these trends and pretty much apply them to any year for at least the last 20 years. More

Posted by GrizBe on Tuesday December 3, 2013, 12:52

7 SPACESHIPS CRASHING INTO CITIES
I think the reason we have been seeing so many cities being destroyed this year is because they have almost perfected dust particles/debris with CGI. So basically they just want to destroy everything so they can show off their new special effects. I think The Avengers sparked this certain trend though. More

Posted by lankeymarlon on Tuesday December 3, 2013, 12:24

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