Anyone watch this? From the box office, it didn’t seem like it, but I enjoyed it. The original was kind of a cheesy sci-fi and in the remake, they seemed to try to class it up a bit and make it into a more epic and serious film. There wasn’t much humor throughout and the ending change was…I don’t know, I’m still digesting it
Spoilers after the break
One thing they didn’t really get into much which was kind of a gaping plot hole was the whole deal with the Fall. Apparently the rest of the earth’s covered in some chemical gas due to some war and only the UK and Australia exists as human habitations, with the UK being the main one and Australia being the colony. The Fall goes right through the center of the earth from one side to the other and is supposed to be the only mode of transportation between the two places.
Yet later on during the attack on Matthias’ compound, we see perfectly functional planes fly into the toxic gas. Something tells me that it takes much more energy and engineering skills to drill a hole through the freaking earth than to simply fly from England to Australia. I dunno, just a hunch. The fact that it connects the UK and Australia means that it was probably built after the war. With the Colony being the ghetto of the earth at this point, why would they care about using all that engineering power to connect skid row and Beverly Hills? It doesn’t make sense
It also doesn’t make any sense that Laurie, the #2 badass employed by the Chancellor has known and heard all of these things about our hero, Carl Hauser, but has no idea what he looked like. You’d think that in the few months since she’s been pretending to be his wife, she would have looked him up, maybe run a face match. Even owning to the fact that Chancellor Hal from Malcolm in the Middle erased the data, you’d think a war hero so close to the current king of the UK would have his face on a few newspapers
I miss the whole deal with aliens and Martians. I wanted bug-eyes and air on Mars, but at least we got the 3 boobed prostitute. And I like the distraction of the old lady at the checkpoint, she even looked like Arnold’s disguise! But if that holographic neck thing can only be programmed with a few phrases, how the heck did Laurie basically predict a whole conversation with Carl at the ambulance in the end? And no Kuato? Blasphemy! But at least you had Victor from Underworld but I don’t think he’s a vampire in this movie
I liked the action, the set pieces were inventive, and at least once you’ll wonder if what you’re seeing is the “real” world or just another distraction. How did the double agent, the one that gave Carl the message about finding the key, die? From my viewing, he secretly cut the strap on Carl’s right hand, then Carl kind of knocked him down and took down everyone, yet when we see him again he’s on the Carl’s left and was shot. I thought Carl knocked him down to remove suspicion and the guy would just sorta make half-assed efforts to grab him but I didn’t see him get shot at all
The whole plot with ovepopulation and Chancellor Hal’s plan of destroying the Colony to build another Beverly Hills was just kind of dumb, like how supervillains would put the hero in an excruciatingly slow killing device and leave the room instead of shooting them in the head. They couldn’t build up? And where were they going to get all of their manual labor if the colonists were killed? Synthetics were only used for guard duty but if they could build themselves, they wouldn’t have needed Carl and Harry and those guys at the factory
They really screwed up the standoff though. In the original, the bad guy pretending everything was still in Arnold’s mind was nervous and sweated and never had the upper hand. That’s why it was tense. In this version, Jessica Biel cried…so what? If reality was fake, couldn’t Carl just think his mind is making her do that? And Harry had the gun on her! Why didn’t he just shoot her? And his explanation about why his wife was in his “dream” didn’t make sense either if she was there to calm him. Why were the imaginary police in his imaginary mind holding her back if she couldn’t die and wasn’t real? Why did Harry enter with a bulletproof vest? Why???
Other than that, it was enjoyable. Don’t think when you watch this. You’ll end up posting a rambling thread on a message board that makes you dislike the movie with every sentence…