The film is essentially a two hour message that global warming is bad and we have to save our planet. But I don’t think that message was hammered home properly or effectively. For starters, there was absolutely no reason to have XXX in the film. It’s not just that he was annoying, it’s that his character had no relevance in the film, other than to show an example of “love” amongst the humans. But that could have been done better and with less annoyance.
And I hate to say this with a movie like this, but we needed more dialogue. I thought the scene with John Cleese was a perfect time for the story to develop and for all of the questions to be answered. Not life questions, but questions the movie raises but never answered, and there were a lot. We never learn who the aliens are, where they’re from, etc. They didn’t have to spell it out for us, but a few nuggets of information here and there would have been nice.
But at the end of the day, it was a decent, mindless film that won’t wow you or disappoint too drastically. The story is underdeveloped and the CGI is overused, but by now, we as an audience are accustomed to that. The thing the film has going for it is that it doesn’t try to be something it’s not. The filmmakers made the decision to sacrifice story for CGI and I think that was pretty obvious from the previews.
Picture in picture BonusView: This is a cool feature that enables you to switch to the commentary, view storyboards or view photos. I don’t think anyone will sit through the whole movie and watch everything, but the feature was cool, at least.
Deleted Scenes (1:56): These weren’t really deleted as much as they were alternative scenes with barely anything added to them. I wouldn’t waste your time with these.
Re-imagining the Day (30:06): This is a pretty typical making-of featurette, but I had problems with them comparing their film to the original. It’s not that the original is some special movie or anything, it’s that they have misguided opinions on how closely they follow it.
Unleashing Gort (13:52): Gort gets his own featurette here and they never mention how underused he is in the film. They say all the right things about how they wanted to respect the original, etc. Much like the making-of featurette, I think they inflated opinions about how deep of a movie they made.
Watching the Skies (23:08): Too many movie scenes for a featurette that really doesn’t have much to do with the film. They grab some experts and get them to talk about the real life search for aliens. It’s okay, but we’ve seen all of this before. I think the X-Files did something like this on one of their seasons sets.
The Day the Earth was Green (14:04): Uggghhh. They go on about how important the film was and how global warming is bad. But this focuses on how the film was made in a “green” manner. They claim this was the first one to do this, but they’re wrong because, again, the second X-Files movie was also a “green” movie. Kudos for thinking green during the filming though. I hope more studios get the message.
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