Final Days of Planet Earth – Seriously The End is Nigh! week

For a disaster of a different sort, Final Days of Planet Earth is currently available on instant Netflix.

One-Line Review: Very slow first half almost made up for by special effects laden finale.

Final Days of Planet Earth (2006) – Not rated

“Archaeologist Lloyd suspects foul play after the government shuts down his dig, and after more excavation, he unearths an alien plot to wipe out humanity. The ringleader is Liz, a blood-sucking space creature masquerading as a city official.”

Okay the year following Category 7, we have another new Canadian miniseries: Final Days of Planet Earth. Because it’s not nature but alien invaders, there is less for me to nitpick.

Since we aren’t following the disaster formula, Final Days of Planet Earth has only one star, Daryl Hannah. Hannah gets to have fun here though not nearly so much as in Kill Bill. While top-billed (and with plenty of screen-time), Hannah isn’t the star here. Our protagonist is archaeologist Lloyd Walker, played by Gil Bellows (Billy from Ally McBeal).

The script borrows ideas liberally from much better films: Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Lifeforce, even They Live. There are still some gaffes – the good guys decide to ride a bus to the outskirts of town, the bus is labeled “Downtown Express”. The good guys are always short of weapons, they kill some cops and don’t take their weapons.

The first part is deliberately slow which is a bit disappointing but it was clear that they knew where they wanted to end the first part and worked backward from there. The second half is much faster paced and wastes no time racing towards the conclusion. The miniseries is fairly middle-of-the-road, neither very good nor terribly bad. If you especially like alien invasion stories then it’s worth a look, otherwise take a pass.

People Watch: Campbell Scott who plays William Phillips in Final Days also plays Richard Parker (Peter’s father) in The Amazing Spider-Man.