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Old 02-04-2018, 12:46 PM
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Day of the Triffids (1962)

Almost everyone views a spectacular meteor shower which leaves them blind. With the shower sprouts deadly carnivorous mobile plants with a taste for humankind. Two groups deal with the aftermath. One, a husband and wife scientific team on a small lighthouse island off Britain. The other a merchant navel officer who assists a young orphan girl, as they travel through Western Europe.

Based on the novel of the same name, the film boasts classic scenes oft repeated in future sci-fi and horror films, as so, for those who haven't seen it, the film will surely seem familiar. The killer plant special effects are visually effective, though at the same time a bit static and somewhat unconvincing. Film has a traditional classical soundtrack, and by the numbers shot direction of the time period. The concepts are the draw here, whereas the dramatic relations of the characters are rather bland.

The male leads were quite grumpy and frustrated before everything goes haywire. Once they have something to do, they are quite protective of the ladies and they're mission, while only mildly dialing down their surly dispositions. The weakness of the film is we don't know the characters well before, nor after, their experiences, and any change in behavior is elusive. The interactions remain, either rather dull, or even when emotions boil-over, they're seemingly tepid and inexplicable.

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