"The Day the Earth Stood Still" remake reportedly drops huge green stink-bomb on box office
Quick. Name three great films which, when remade, topped the original. OK, two. One. Getting the picture?
When Fox reported that it was remaking what is probably the seminal sci fi classic of the 1950s -- The Day the Earth Stood Still -- there was much interest. The original was a taught, tight, gripping story of a possible end to the world. Filmed in just a few weeks in 1951, when CGI was non-existant, the face-paced script and first-rate actors made it one for the ages. Alas, Fox has taken the title and made a mess of the story by turning it into an Al Gore tirade about "global warming," perhaps the greatest hoax ever perpetuated.
Read the reviews for yourself. Friends who have seen this mess of a movie warn not to waste your money. They say it is worse than you'd expect, a huge, sprawling, paralyzingly slow and stupid story filled with CGI eye candy. The early reports of a sort of "1984" version of film crews not being allowed to use motor vehicles or non-disposable items "in order to keep in harmony with the film's theme" were, it seems, not just wild fantasies. The same lobotomized worship at the Shrine of the Holy Recycler seems to have bled-over into the film's script.
At a reported production cost of $160 million, plus an additional $100 million in domestic marketing, this reported stink bomb is gonna have to do big overseas, where the Mother Lode of Gorites live in perpetual fear of "global warming."