Graded on the "how dare you remake this classic" curve by blind genre goons. Scott Derrickson put together a proper modern exploration of the same tale, and it was unfairly maligned simply for existing. Moving dramatic moments, fun effects updates, and excellent casting decisions make for an excellent retelling of a classic.
As expected, a lifeless mega-budget dud. The expensive special effects and slick visuals only underline how bland and completely devoid of any drama or tension the predictable plot is, and it takes itself way too seriously with its hokey environmentalist message. A talented cast sleepwalks through their roles - though Keanu Reeves seems right at home in the blundering spectacle. Pointless and instantly forgettable.
Was forced to sit through this for like a third time yesterday. It's just so bad. The original is so much better and enjoyable. The only good thing is that you get to look at Jennifer Connelly for a good deal of the film.
Scott Derrickson, specialist in delivering forgettable pieces, will have the dubious honour of competing for worst director ever with this his often voted one of the worst remakes ever made. Keanu Reeves is oddly amusing as the robotic alien (it comes natural to him) delivering the Green Commandments with a vengeance and so fake at telling us he loves the human race. Derrickson, really, have you considered fishing?