Reviewed bykali-haircutVote: 1/10/10
The people who made this adaptation assumed the following:
That the average British punter watching this is so thick, that if youcracked open his or her skull with a claw hammer, ate their brain, andcrapped it back into their head their IQ would be increased billions oftimes. Take this piece of script for example:
"The Triffids have escaped!" "What are the Triffids?" "They are bad andthey escaped!" "The Triffids ESCAPED!?" "YES The Triffids ESCAPED!""TRIFFIDS ESCAPED!" "TRIFFIDS ESCAPED!" "That means the Triffids havegot out!" "Yes, the Triffids have got out. The Triffids are BAD, andnow they've GOT OUT!"
Of course, I can't quite convey it as stupidly in writing. Dumbing downdoesn't begin to describe the depth and magnitude of this level ofcultural ruin. The TV adaptation of the early 80s was infinitely betterin every way. Not just the script and direction. Even the camera work,the special effects, were vastly better. Our only hope is to cull thosein our population who think this sort of guff is worth the license fee,and bring back the death penalty specifically for the sort ofmuff-botherers who make this drivel. Scrap the BBC if it can makeexcrement like this, sacrificing Radio 4 may be hard, but it would beworth it so that this sort of thing would no longer come into theworld. We need to see the scriptwriters, directors, producers andfunders publicly tortured and executed on TV instead, it would be agreat moral improvement on this level of depravity.
Reviewed byFramescourerVote: /10
Buoyed on by the success of Dr Who and Torchwood, this Christmasspecial adaptation of John Wyndham's dystopian horror uses now-industrystandard computer graphics to finesse an otherwise budget-fetteredshoot. The money went on the stars. This was not a triumph for directorNick Copus whose zombie-blind stagger about the screen in a manner thatmakes the eponymous perambulating plants look believable. They're not.It isn't. This is the insurmountable problem of this miniseries,especially when the 'credible' includes Izzard's Torrence emerging froma plane crash dressed as a chimney sweep.
Patrick Harbison does a workmanlike job of updating the drama toproperly reflect our current elephant in the room, i.e.over-consumption and climate change. It's the little details ofdialogue designed to move the drama along that seem unlikely. I'dimagine a younger audience, more immersed in the vernacular of Dr Whoand Torchwood are less likely to be put off. And it's all so serious!
I was rather impressed by the big-name sextet ensemble, althoughVanessa Redgrave did more with less than the others. Izzard plays hiswannabe despot with effective irony, in the vein of Alan Rickman'sSheriff of Nottingham. I didn't recognise Priestly (commendation) untilthe second instalment, the point at which his character throws his lotin with moral sentimentality (ugh). If you've seen 28 Days Later, I AmLegend or Children of Men then you've seen a properly funded version ofurban Armageddon towards which the BBC can only tilt. 4/10
Reviewed byJon FarleyVote: /10
With modern production capabilities, this version could have been themost brilliant rendering of Wyndham's book, but it wasn't. The CGIdtriffids from the leaves upwards were fair depictions of Wyndham'sdescription but the speedily creeping tendrils at the bottom were morereminiscent of the Evil Dead than the Day of the Triffids. The lack ofthe three stumpy legs on which the plants 'hobble' and (through whichthey obtained the name Tri-ffed), as well as the hammer appendagesthrough by they communicate with an indecipherable and creepy kind ofMorse code (replacing this with typical Bug-Eyed-Monster growls),really wrecked the essence of the title.
What we got was not 'The Day of the Triffids' but 'The Night of theSalivating Foxglove' As normal, the script suffered from 'BBC Disease'- the sacrificing of literary accuracy for 'Social Relevance', whichwas taken to such extremes that it threw away any relationship with theoriginal story and could only be described as supremely silly.
Eagerly anticipated, a sad anticlimax! better by far is the 1981production starring John Duttine.
It's an up-to-date setting of the 1962 Sci-fi thriller. With the world blinded and the Triffids set loose, it falls upon a band of scattered, sighted survivors to fight this carnivorous plant invasion. With a brave new world of maniacs, warring factions and renegades, the battle on the streets is not only directed at the purple-headed organisms but a battle to survive the sinister street-army headed by megalomaniac Torrence.