For every big film that arrives, there's a rack of low-budget bandwagon-jumpers.
But shameless, straight-to-DVD studio The Asylum doesn’t bother to even wait for films to be released. If there’s a blockbuster in the offing, they’ve got a cheapie version ready to go before the print on the original is dry...
The Day The Earth Stopped (2008)
It’s a bit like: The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008/1951)
What’s the plot? Much like in the Keanu version. We’re all doomed. A man from space bears a message of destruction.
Er, except in this one, there’s a really, REALLY big robot who looks like he belongs in the old Star Fleet puppet show. Oh, and a hot chick who is apparently also here to wipe us out.
Why the alien threat needs both of ‘em is not adequately explained in the trailer.
Will act for food: Judd Nelson and C Thomas Howell. Howell even directs!
How does it compare? The effects are decidedly ropier. And The Eifel Tower gets destroyed, which we don’t recall from either of the original films. Can't be much worse than the pointless, finger-wagging Keanu redux.