Final Days of Planet Earth (2006 TV Movie)
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I'm amazed that the lead character didn't react more after they just decided to cover an area with concrete instead of looking for the missing person.
What sort of job requires recording sounds from the ground that are scaring off all the birds? Yes, I know you don't have to report every time bird droppings are out of place and I hope you reincarnate as a worm to be eaten by a cheerful little robin! Right.
Okay, so you've determined an area is full of dangerous explosive gasses. So what do you do? Light a match and throw it down into the area below your feet with the explosive gasses, just to make sure. Right.
What in the world is going on with this scarf business? Yes, it's a beautiful scarf. Let's talk about your beautiful scarf for awhile. Let's all pause and consider how wearing this beautiful scarf makes you so out of place with the rest of humanity. Hey, wait a minute. Lots of women wear scarves. Okay, you've lost me again. Seriously.
Let's all sit at city hall, but first let's ask why everyone is there, to make sure no one is there for an actual reason! Make sure there's a door that looks like it belongs on a submarine or on "Lost". Every public office has this, of course. No reason to be suspicious... Just open the submarine hatch and go right on in! Let's all race downstairs and help the guy we don't know and kill everyone that looks like a doctor! Wait. Did I miss something?
So the astronut, yes you heard me right, astroNUT, is "kryptonite to the aliens"? A fact brought up a couple of times. But why? Is he the only one in the entire world with "kryptonite blood"? Why? Please tell me more about why, instead of all the endless talk about scarves!
Okay, so they make a very big deal about how these aliens, whilst in human guise, never blink. So why did the lead character never notice the queen not blinking in all that time he had spent with her? Well? He certainly took notice within about a second of the public servant not blinking! Even the fact that they "don't blink" was one of the first things mentioned by the "astronut" when they rescued him. Actually, they do blink - especially the queen. Now I'm confused... They only seem to "never blink" during close-ups when they are trying very hard not to blink. Heh.
What in the world is the business where the lead character goes all the way around, up through the chute, and through the processing area AGAIN, just to get back and spy on the queen in a room upstairs? And by some strange coincidence, the aliens always seem to be gone when people are doing stuff like this? Except for that conspiracy bloke, of course. "The Lone Alien" (not even with his trusty side-kick) just happened to be there at the time!
The alien queen just had to say that line about being better off mating with a human, didn't she? Didn't she?
Is it just me, or did the motives of the queen, and in fact, the motives of almost every character in the movie seem to change from one scene to the next?
Okay, so the gun is empty, but wait, it was only jammed and still conveniently has three bullets later on. Let's make it up as we go along. Weeeeee...
Now tell me. Would you carry around a live grenade everywhere you go, even if it did "save your life" many years earlier? Be honest.
Let's all go shopping! Wait. You lost me again...
My my, the queen certainly laid a lot of eggs, didn't she? My goodness...
Why oh why do they have to call the eggs, the area with the eggs and the events related to the eggs "the hatch"? No, not the submarine hatch to the processing area mentioned earlier nor the hatch on "Lost" that this show replaced this Thursday night!
The part near the end where the lead character admits to not liking people or the human race kind of threw me off and even spoiled the general outcome even more.
And yes, ANYONE could have blown up all the aliens with that flammable atmosphere and the grenade, so what was the big deal about the blood of the astronut? Senseless. It would have been better had he lived so his blood could be used should the aliens return! DUH DUH DUH!
3 out of 10. The last 15 minutes are somewhat likable, but I thought I was watching "Mimic" again, with a couple "Men in Black" elements thrown in! (And for that matter, even "A Bug's Life". Heh.)
"Final Days of Planet Earth" has a confused beginning with the introduction of different characters without any connection among them. However, later they are gathered together to fight against the alien invader. The plot is not original, using the storyline of the classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"; however, it is entertaining and underrated in IMDb since the story is well-constructed with minor flaws and supported by good acting and special effects. One of the greatest flaws is, for example, when Marianne discovers that the alien insects are affected by her poison, why not using it again along their battle against the invaders? The cover of the DVD released in Brazil is a big spoiler disclosing the human identity of the Queen. My vote is six.
Titrle (Brazil): "Os Últimos Dias do Planeta Terra" ("The Last Days of Planet Earth")
Even Darryl Hannah couldn't save this one. What was the weird thing with her eyes and forehead? Bad lighting? Bad botox? And why does Australian TV keep buying this crude and why do I feel compelled to watch this trainwreck TV? I blame aliens. 1/10
My theory is that the film as published is actually an attempt to resurrect a project that was abandoned without being completed. Perhaps it ran overbudget. Perhaps the principals realised that it would be a dog whatever happened. Perhaps somebody died.
The result was a pile of footage with many scenes unfilmed, and many issues unresolved. Some brave person took this pile of dross and tried to make a coherent movie out of it. Their success was limited, but at least it had a sort-of beginning, a confused middle, and a silly, half-of-an ending. Not having the resources to trim it to normal film length, they made it into a two-parter. Still a disaster, but a little money coming in to cover the completion guarantee.
Well, that's my hope, anyway. Anything to prevent me having to accept that someone actually went out and created this crock on purpose. That would be too much to bear.
Also on the ground, archaeologist Gil Bellows (as Lloyd Walker) explains his work to some grade kids on a field trip, "When you dig a hole, you travel back in time," he states. Shapely exterminator Suleka "Sue" Mathew (as Marianne) is upset with the graphic nature of Mr. Bellows' tour speech, which scares her nephew. That night, one of Bellows' young workers, Ryan McDonell (as Jonathan Gillis), is swallowed into the earth after a prank. And, he's not the only one
Underground city workers are mysteriously vanishing; but, the "accidents" and disappearances are all being swept under the rug. This irks Bellows (he turns out to be the lead actor in this science-fiction drama, which weaves its various characters interestingly into the storyline). He is contacted by stealthy John Cassini (as Jake Roth), and the men begin piecing together a terrifying conspiracy, including a possible alien invasion, which could lead to the "Final Days of Planet Earth"!
"There's only one puzzle here, okay Walker?" Mr. Cassini advises Bellows, "Until you put your pieces on the table, it's not gonna get finished." Not sure who to trust, Bellows begins to investigate some slimy, green-bleeding blobs hidden in San Francisco's underground. He enlists the help of former astronaut Hannah (remember her from the opening Moon mission). Hannah, who is working with city commissioner Serge Houde (as Korshaft), warns "Careful where you dig."
Meanwhile, used car salesman Patrick Gilmore (as Spence) is having trouble collecting unemployment, after getting laid off; immigrants Tygh Runyan (as Nick) and Tina Milo (as Bella) worry about her husband, who is among the missing; and, homeless shelter worker Beau Starr (as Oliver), still mourning the passing of his wife Amanda, notices something unusual in the woods. They, and most of the other characters in the drama, are directed to "Room 86" for assistance...
Enter "Room 86" at your own risk! - but don't avoid "Final Days of Planet Earth" like the plague of long, lackluster TV movie extravaganzas it gets lumped with. It is too long, and unravels much during the first half of the second part; but, this is surprisingly above average "Hallmark" television production. The story, by Christian Ford and Roger Soffer nicely updates paranoid 1950s thrillers, like "Them!" (1954). Director Rob Lieberman and star Bellows keep it moving.
But, San Francisco? Have the filmmakers ever been there?
****** Final Days of Planet Earth (3/15-16/06) Robert Lieberman ~ Gil Bellows, Daryl Hannah, Suleka Mathew, Campbell Scott
Why Hanah took this job is beyond me. I guess she is desperate for work and wanted the exposure - but surely acting in this kind of drivel can only harm whats left of her career.
Avoid, avoid, avoid.
I read all of the other comments that were here before I placed this comment. I agree with all of the comments about lack of plot, continuity and acting, so there's no point in me repeating them.
************ POSSIBLE SPOILER HERE ************** My greatest laugh from the movie was when the 'kryptonite astronaut' said about the human shells that the aliens wore: "They're just bugs, they put their humans on one leg at a time". I really cracked up at that one. ************* END OF SPOILER ********************
I used to go to Sci-Fi conventions when I was in college and make fun of the zombie movies during the films, I would have had no problem doing the same for this one.
Only watch this if you have NOTHING else to do!
Overall the movie wasn't to bad. I think the biggest failure was that the power the space captain (or whatever he was) had over the aliens really never had a big enough impact on the outcome of the movie. The truth is anyone could have killed the bugs with a grenade. I think his power over them should have itself caused the ultimate demise of the aliens.
The Final Days of Planet Earth starts off by us seeing a space shuttle on its way back to earth from the moon we see a group of astronauts talking and then one of them goes to sleep then in the next scene the one that was sleeping wakes up and it is quiet so he looks around, in he looks through a door with a window and he sees an arm fly pass, thats all we see of that, then we meet walker an archaeologist who in his backyard a ufo crash lands and all of a sudden everyone seems to been acting strangely and people seem to be going missing.
1. The story is like the new Battlestar Galactica where the robot/aliens take the form of humans and the 1950's movie invaders from mars where people get replaced with doubles.
2. I found that it was very hard to get into because it took majority of the first episode to get exciting ( approximately one hour and a half).
3. In key situations it is obvious what is going to happen Eg: The Alien Bugs have capture one of the humans and say that they won't kill him if he tells them where the other humans went, he believes them and tells them where the others when and when the main alien bug leaves they say to the second in command "look after our friend" which is obvious their going to kill him.
4. The person who designed the alien bugs weren't very creative, they are just over-sized praying mantis', which I think one of the humans says there big praying mantis'.
Predictable,the special affects weren't that great, weird dialogue, dull and overall boring not worth watching unless you have spare time or nothing better to do.
It was shown on German TV as one long movie, not as a series, which, unfortunately, causes some repetitiveness.
Not a really good movie, but acting, directing, and computer animation were quite good, well above average for a TV series. I enjoyed seeing Daryl Hannah in a difficult role, but all actors were good.
The limiting factor was the story. The beginning was almost as good as that of any high budget Hollywood movie, but then the story turned cheaper, and the movie stayed well below its potential.
My final judgment: a somewhat entertaining sci-fi thriller.
Walker lighting a match next to the eggs with no explosion and then being able to throw a match down from 20 feet into the same area (match stays lit!) and kaboom a giant flame shoots up. Bystanders are heard screaming because of the explosion and then no-one pays any attention and goes on about their business-ridiculous!
Sealing the ground with concrete after a man has sunk down in it and disappeared, sparking a rescue operation-ridiculous!
Sitting in a waiting room waiting to see someone and getting suspicious because of all the mysterious things: 1)everyone has a note that says "give first consideration to this candidate" 2)the receptionist doesn't blink-ridiculous!
Sticking a stun gun in someones face because they offer you a tip after you inspect their house for pests-ridiculous!
Giving someone your phone number and "home address" in case they want to contact you-ridiculous!
Walker going to city hall and asking the city engineer why he can't get permission to "continue his dig" after it's been sealed with concrete (and a man is in there dead and lost) and the city engineer says he'll try to get him permission-and to give him a couple of days-ridiculous!
Honestly I couldn't continue to watch something that made no sense-especially in the beginning, where the plot was non-existent and it was just a bunch of random scenes thrown together. This is not the worst movie I have ever seen, as it is somewhat elevated by the fact that it is a science fiction movie and I love science fiction, but the fact is that it is just not watchable. Read a book instead.
How can you get better than that? It's just so...true.
In this movie (perhaps as in reality) it seems nobody has noticed that the local politicians seem a little emotionless, a little unimaginative, a little impersonal, a little lacking in every human aspect because either people have grown used to them being this way and think it's normal or the ones that protest this end up being liquidated in a way that fertilizes the progress of the proverbial colony.
One of the best scenes has citizens from all over the city, who have been directed by various city officials in all manner of public service departments to a tiny room underneath city hall to have their complaints and concerns "addressed" by the ombudsman, sitting there only to realize almost too late that in the next room where they are waiting to be received is a processing station full of dead citizens just like themselves who have been cut up into bloody bits and now reside in large bins as they await further "processing" by the city representatives.
This movie has such great ideas and such relevant social commentary on the inhuman nature of politics at even the most local level that it is a shame it doesn't play with this more and instead opts for a survivalist attitude instead of ironic disgust. It clearly shows how people in modern North American cities have become not even disposable resources but a threatening burden to social systems designed to support only certain "types" of people and that popular prejudice nowadays is based more on rejecting challenging attitudes, practical enquiry, and an unwillingness to mindlessly go with the flow than it is on culture, gender or class. The movie plays itself straight, which is admirable given its B- movie roots in regards to giant insects, but comes off rather flat since the protagonists don't apply any criticisms to the rest of the world as it reflects their current predicament.
Still, the ideas are there and if you can pluck out the more ironic ones even as the movie glosses, either deliberately or unintentionally, over them "The Final Days of Planet Earth" can be a rewarding experience in the right mindset.
Dedicated to people who have had to suffer the many stupidities of the government on any or all levels, and have survived the socially inbred, administratively useless and retarded public service sectors who have helped them be this way, a dedication which applies to everybody who isn't a part of that self-applied and superior- minded specialized type of ignorance and insensitivity, god bless you. Get out your mental bug-spray, put this movie on and start exterminating!
I wish the pace of the movie could have been more fast and lot more engaging but still, it gives an interesting take on man's predicament as the aliens begin to take over. Quite different from the usual Hollywood stuff.
The few actors who made some impact here are Gil Bellows as the lonely archaeologist who tumbles on something very wrong and Suleka Mathew as the pest exterminator. Rest are forgettable, including Daryl Hannah's presence.
Sad, this movie had oodles of potential and could have done much better.
Verdict: Nice try but still boring anyway. Let the aliens invade :)
So this is one of those movies in the 2000's that people call B movies but they really aren't they aren't because they're not movies at all.
They are like a long TV-Drama played for 2-3 hours. Every scene is 2 people talking. You can tell with these new-age year 2000's "Horros" / "Sci-Fi's" that it's one of these terrible "reality TV show drama" style movies where their are no interesting backgrounds, there are no thought provoking / stimulating / exciting situations. It's 2 people talking to each other. Seriously skip through the movie a bunch of times, every scene is a conversation in a simple setting. An office, a car, a room. Nothing is going on. They're not even walking anywhere. Every scene is sitting down talking. The movie would actually be MORE EXCITING if they had a guy sitting in a chair READING FROM A SCI FI NOVEL. At least there would be story / action / etc etc etc. You can't just have people talking to each other about nonsense for 3 hours and call that a movie. It's nothing! Don't even vote on this turd !
There is nothing in the movie that warrants attention. It's not very good and it's not very bad, there is absolutely no way it stands out amongst other similar films, it just sucked in a very predictable way, so it didn't even disappoint much.
Bottom line: watch it only if you like the Syfy channel movie quality...
From the title , I was expected a catastrophic style movie , and was surprised to have something different coming .
I just have see this movie to the end , so it's was quite nice for me as I have zapped severals movies previously this one , you know you use the TV command to quickly advance between the actions moments.
Of course , the movie has some little mistakes , but it gives me an overall good impression , maybe helped by the fact I love aliens invasion movies. For a TV movie , the specials effects were descent, the main story, music, action and acting was OK.
I give a 6 , and keep coming aliens invasion movie please .