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?