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Meanwhile, there is no serious consideration of the ethical questions surrounding the film’s premise regarding how to make and train an “ultimate army,” other than having villains literally state the concept aloud so Smith or someone else can offer quick denouncements based on simplistic statements. The film seems to think the moral objections are obvious enough that they don’t require further consideration or vocalization, but if that’s the case then there’s no real moral questions or themes in the film at all – it’s just “bad people do a bad thing, so someone should kill them.” But with a hero who was part of those bad people and who did a bunch of the bad things himself, such a black-and-white assumption about the issues doesn’t work.

Likewise, we get almost no serious foundation for the moral struggle or decisions of the antagonist either, and his reversal happens way too easily and quickly. What should’ve been third-act twists wind up in the trailer and as midpoint reveals, leaving almost nothing of substance for the second half of the story.

Not that there was really much substance to the first half to begin with, but at least it involved some questions and choices to keep things interesting for a while. Sadly, even those questions wind up relatively easy to answer, and events tend to remove any doubts about what’s happening and which choices the characters will have to embrace.

So much of the setup for the plot and the way it unfolds is nonsensical, you just have to stop trying to make sense of it or consider why anyone is making such foolish decisions, and just wait for the next amusing interactions from the stars or the next action set piece. If you can turn your brain off this way and wait for something of value to pop up like that, though, then there are some payoffs worth discussing.