For as much as Shane Hurlbut ASC's name is ostensibly everywhere right now for all the wrong reasons (re: Christian Bale, 5D challenge, etc.), as a cinematographer I think he's extremely talented. The photography and camera work in "The Greatest Game Every Played" are very underrated and the futuristic look he gave to "Terminator Salvation" is both stunning and unique.
So assuming the exceptional talent that Mr. Hurlbut has, I think it's fair to say that the messianic 5D is actually responsible for these muddy, dull images. I don't doubt that it looks good, but it doesn't look great. Rarely do we get the opportunity to see a pro-sumer camera in the hands of cinematographers at the top of the industry but I have to admit I was largely disappointed with the overall flatness of these images.
Don't tell me it's the future of cinema....yet. Judge for yourselves:
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