THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Eddie Izzard
What's it about
A BBC made-for-TV event about a catastrophe that causes the world to be blinded, about plant-like aliens called Triffids that take over the world, and about humans getting all nutty when things get rough.
Is it good movie?
I feel bad for Dougray Scott. Back when Mission Impossible 2 was being produced, I recall a lot of pub at the time with talk about him being the next big thing. The next ďitĒ guy. But when the John Woo suckfest ran long, it forced Scott to drop out of this little movie called X-Men, giving some unknown named Hugh Jackman a shot at playing a guy with claws. Jackman became an international star. Scott, well, heís starring in this BBC mini-series. Like I said, I feel sorry for the dude.
In fact, The Day of the Triffids features a couple other faded stars, including Jason Priestley (who I barely recognized), Eddie Izzard, and Vanessa Redgrave. Iíll give Brian Cox a pass because the guy seems to appear in every damn thing. Next to Scott, I feel bad for Priestley too. He does his best here and perhaps is the most impressive out a cast of impressive names. I never thought of his 90210 role during the 180-minute runtime, and actually kinda wondered why Priestley never got more chances than he did in Hollywood. Here, he was probably the most convincing character in the movie. Maybe it was those sideburns back in the day. Or all those bad career decisions. Izzard, on the other hand, really tries to go bad with his role. Heís ok, but nothing unique. Itís the kind of role that Sean Bean could have played in the shower covered in shampoo.
Anyway, hereís The Day of the Triffids, another end-of-the-world thriller about the human condition when the apocalypse happens. See, one-day things get wild when the world wakes up blind and these things called Triffids (viney plants that somehow kill people) start overtaking the planet. But not everyone is blind. A few survivors start popping up and banding together in an attempt to survive. Scott and Richardson play the leads assuming the roles of scientist and newscaster. With their resume, they can get the truth out to the masses. And be creditable!
The Day of the Triffids offers nothing new as not only has this story (taken from a sci-fi novel) been adapted before, but itís not really adding anything new to the genre. At best, the mini-series formula allows for more in-depth character development with more drawn out scenes than a film could. However, thatís not always for the best because then does a longer movie make it something epic? In this case, no. Trim the thing down to two hours and maybe itís more enjoyable. The movie is plenty watchable as the story puds around like a backfiring scooter. It takes its time. But this leads to most entertaining part of the movie, the special effects. Big mini-series usually equal mediocre special effects. The Day of the Triffids is no different. The creatures look like cheap rip-offs from the tree people from Lord of the Rings. Itís just bad.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
(Note: my Blu-ray couldnít run the special features. What gives with that?)
Cast and Crew Interview Gallery: Over 16 Interviews with the cast and crew.
Making of: Itís a, wait for it, making of doc.
Deleted Scenes: Six deleted scenes.
If you're got the time to kill and just can't get enough the end of the world plots, give it a whirl.