Reviewed by Nathan Johnston
Rating: 8 Beans
can't beleive that this movie escaped so long without being given its place here at BMN. When I saw this movie for the second time (God, I do some really regrettable things), I said that it would be the last. Well, recently I had the severe misfortune of going to a friends house. When I walk in guess which movie he is watching??? and by choice no less!!!. Anyway rather than listen to the rational thoughts that were screaming through my head (ie get the hell outta there!!!), I stuck around and watched the last two thirds of the movie for the third time. Guess what folks, it just keeps getting worse and worse.
I can liken this movie to when someone breaks wind in a crowded elevator, there is no real escape from it even when you leave as the reminants of experience linger on in your senses for ages to come. This movie is downright insulting in places. In particular reference to the blatant attempt to play on peoples patriotism by showing flashes of various cities around the world complete with destroyed and burning alien ships to show that it was the 'whole world' that defeated the alien menace. I couldn't believe the people in the theatre when they showed the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera house (I'm Australian), they actually cheered, it was shown for five seconds and they cheered.
Everything about this movie is completely ridiculous, from the characters to the plot developments to the acting. Prime example: I dont't give a damn if the President is a hot shot pilot, there is NO goddamned way he would have got in a plane an fought the bad guys. His staff would have strung him up by his heels before letting him fly. Another example, and this made me laugh: TV broadcasts asking citizens not to fire handguns at the alien ships in fear of starting an inter-galactic war. Come on, how inane is that? No-one on this planet is that stupid are they? Besides it didn't really matter in the long run did it?
Yet another example: the President's (Bill Pullman) heart wrenching decision to use nukes against the aliens. I mean thats a hard decision: Where about to be wiped out by a alien race but lets not use our most powerful weapon because if we do we could destory the world... for me, the world was well and truly screwed up by that stage. Besides, I think that my survival instincts would just about kicked in by then. So what if it didn't work, haven't they heard of exhausting all possibilities??? There are so many others that can be mentioned but it will close with this one: Randy Quaid's character (I can't remeber his name). No more needs to be said. Please feel free to add to this as you will.
I must hand it to Mr Devlin and Mr Emmerich, they have almost done something I have never thought possible. With this movie and together with their latest toxic clunker, Godzilla, they have made me fear walking into a cinema again. The next time that I see a movie with the names Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich associated with it I am running the other way as fast as I possibly can.
Other reviews for this movie:
Roger M. Wilcox
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