The usual story, presented in usual way - there is a horrible danger that could destroy Earth or at least kill all the human beings on it, but there is one person (or group of scientists) that is/are the only hope. Where have you seen it? Of course in low budget scifi / horror flicks from 1950s or 1960s. And now in Hollywood blockbusters.
I donít Iím the only one that on the sound of words "remake" or "sequel" just moves along without even reading the following lines. We know that story for years - every few years Hollywood makes the brand new version of Batman, Superman or any other character they think people are not yet tired of. But when it comes to remakes the story is quite different - it means that this is not even new story, just slightly improved images or new technology was used.
Itís just like with razor ads - once they were saying that two blades will guarantee smooth skin, but later they came up with three blades, which was even better. But later they came up with four blades, which meant that three blades are ancient history, and so on, and so on. That was my first thought when I heard of 2008 version of scifi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still. I mean ok, 1951 version had poor special effects, like any other movie in 1950s, but is it really worth it to remake it? I mean the story is basically the same, will special effects make any difference? But obviously for producers making money is far too important to ask themselves such questions.
We have here interesting cast (including Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates and John Cleese), the original film considered to be classic, all the CGI technology money can buy and what is the next step of the producers? Thatís right they take the original scipt and... give it to be rewritten by David Scarpa, who has almost no experience in script writing. Final effect? Donít ask.
Sci Fi Blog - even though science fiction started before 20th century a lot of people don't realize how vast and rich this genre really is. In United States many people associate sci fi with the Marvel comics and superhero stories, while the core of the science fiction is in the reaching for the future and exploring not only space, but also ourselves.