Uh, No, Actually Everything Old is Still Old (Part Deux)

on October 16, 2008 by Steve Simels
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And speaking as we were the other day of Hollywood's penchant for, shall we say, recycling older, superior films into inferior attempted blockbusters -- specifically, the eerie similarities between the current prestige Julianne Moore vehicle Blindness and the 1962 drive-in sci-fi classic Day of the Triffids -- I'd be remiss if I didn't mention another film in theaters at the moment which seems suspiciously familiar to an earlier one.

I refer, of course, to Eagle Eye, the jacked-up action flick starring the horrifically overexposed Shia LaBeouf and the adorable freckles and upturned nose that are Michelle Monaghan, and Colossus: the Forbin Project, the 1970 cyber-thriller starring Young and the Restless heartthrob Eric Braeden.

The plot of the former:

 

A scientist helps the Defense Department build a super-computer with an annoying voice. The super-computer develops its own foreign policy and plots to assassinate the President of the United States and eventually take over the world. After a few explosions and various improbable plot points, the scientist's brother (LaBeouf) makes his way to the high-tech F/X laden super-computer central complex and foils the plot with the help of a good-looking single mom (Monaghan).

 

The plot of the latter:

 

A scientist (Braeden) helps the Defense Department build a super-computer with an annoying voice. The super-computer develops its own foreign policy and plots to take over the United States and the world. After a few explosions and various improbable plot points, the scientist, toiling in the high-tech F/X laden super-computer central complex, fails to foil the plot despite the help of a good-looking lady scientist (Susan Clark).

 

Maybe it's just me, but the downbeat 70s cynicism of Colossus: The Forbin Project seems a lot more appropriate to the current historical moment. But of course that's something we can argue further on November 5th.

In any case...Coming tomorrow: Sean Penn in Milk -- hardheaded look at a genuine American hero or a sleazy rip-off of The Boys in the Band?

 

Tags: Day of the Triffids, Julianne Moore, Blindness, Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Colossus: the Forbin Project, Sean Penn, Milk
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