The Day the Earth Stopped Reviews
Truth be told, this is one of the better films I've seen from The Asylum. It does a decent job of telling the general story and the special FX are ok. I thought the giant robots in this film were a lot cooler than either of the "Stood Still" pictures.
Where this film lost me was in two parts. First is the acting. Asylum pictures are notorious for lame acting but this one seemed exceptionally bad for some reason. Maybe it's the whole emotional saving of the planet aspect where we have to convince the aliens we're worth saving. That needs some serious acting chops to be pulled off and if you thought Reeves did a bad job... you haven't seen anything yet.
But if that wasn't bad enough... most the film takes place in a, get this, abandoned industrial building. So when aliens land on planet Earth, apparently the US government is going to set up in some warehouse area, bringing make-shift gear, and make first contact. It's not going to be at the Pentagon, White House, Area 51, NASA, NORAD, a military base, or any of the more likely places. Nope, according to this movie, the military and government are going to set up some laptops in an abandoned building (apparently an old jail or something) and deal with the problem there. Riiiiight.
The acting, particularly C. Thomas Howell and Darren Dalton, borders on absurd; seeing that most of the emotions that they try to show are awkward and obviously fake. The rest of the cast, including the extras (especially a couple that they meet at the end) are laughably bad.
Though there is no talent displayed in this film, there is a reason you should watch it. And that reason is Sinead McCafferty. She is unbelievably hot. Her character is a mysterious humanoid alien with no logic whatsoever, and the director acknowledges that by having her strut around nude for several minutes (boobies!) and wear very tight pants/t-shirt.
Whoever wrote the script for this must have thought that they were fucking Shakespeare, because the dialogue is full attempts at clever allegories and slang. Note that I said "attempts". The characters are one dimensional and the plot progresses with no sense of reality. To be honest all of the plot twists didn't work and from the beginning to the end you're not fully sure of what's going on.
This film was obviously on a low budget, and like all human beings I can accept that. But, the problem with this film is that it believes it's on a big budget. First of all, the entire film takes place in a four block radius in the outskirts of LA, and throughout many of the tedious car chases you can see them passing the same street sign over and over again. Second of all, the main characters are obviously of some great political and military importance, and it's never explained why they have to be operating from a small building in the outskirts of LA. Third of all, the special effects could have been made better by a five year old because every scene with the robots looks like a fucking Powerpoint presentation and even someone in kindergarten knows that the physics that an Atomic Bomb doesn't burst into flames and a simple handgun doesn't have a recoil that launches into the shooter's face.
Perhaps the point at which this film fails the most is at how poorly it's made. I already touched on the special effects and the film editing, but there are a few more things that stick out so much that you can't help but grin. In one scene, a crazed local hijacks the main character's car because he says that their car is the only one he's seen. Seconds later, you see a car pass by in the distance. Another film fail, and my personal favorite, is the reflection of the camera crew in the car door after a final tedious car chase. Aside from these, there are many awkward silences and emotions that make most of the acting so bad that it's enjoyable to watch.
I know I'm bashing the hell out of this movie, but I will admit that if I shut my brain off and wasn't expecting a total shitfest than maybe this wouldn't have been as unbearable as it was. The fight scenes, the romance, the story; there's nothing at all special about the movie, in fact it's very bleak, but if you're someone who's looking for some dumb (extremely dumb, mind you) fun, you may certainly find it here.
I must say C. Thomas Howell (who also directed) must have thought himself as Jesus Christ when he made this movie, but sadly I must deny him that dream and say that this film sucks on a sub-human level. For the stupid, non-logical excuse for a science fiction epic, I give it an 18/100, but because of Sinead McCafferty and her godlike hottness, I give this a 21/100