I just watched The Hobbit (first one) last night with some friends. One thing that struck me (again) was how drastically the landscape was changing from scene to scene. Take the bit where they're getting attacked orcs. At the start they're in the forest where they've camped. They start running and then they're in a rolling grassland with a lot of rocks - the forest is nowhere to be seen. At the end of the chase they're in a similar grassland but the rocks are replaced with trees instead. To me it feels a bit disjointed. In my experience (I've done a lot of orienteering and cross-country running) landscape often don't change that drastically that quickly. Now I've never been to New Zealand where the film is shot (right?), but I can't imagine that even there it would change that quickly. Specifically, it wouldn't change fast enough the you run from one type of landscape to an entirely different one with warg-mounted orcs hot on your heels. This inconsistency has two effects on me. First, it breaks my immersion, which I guess is self-explanatory. The second effect is a bit more serious. It removes the sense of distance and size. I know they're out on a long journey, but it doesn't feel like a long journey. They just pop from one location to another and while the scenery changes vastly it doesn't make me feel the hardship of a long journey. The thing applies to all of the Lord of the Rings movies as well as the second Hobbit movie. Did anyone else react to this and did it bother you or did you just ignore it in favor of enjoying the movie?