September 21, 2011
It's essentially an overproduced aggregation of sci-fi and action cliches assembled to advertise Converse, FedEx, JVC, Audi and so much else. However, it is of some use, being a near-complete exhibition of clumsy filmic stylism, bloated production trends and hackneyed screenwriting endemic of the wretched aughts. In retrospect, prospective filmmakers will have this, the films of Bay, Emmerich, Ratner, Wachowskis
, etc. as a means to learn how not to make a film. What's more, it's a keen example of just how low a filmmaker can sink when the best ideas that he invested in a flawed yet intriguing pet project were recycled into a far more popular and derivative picture.
Never mind that most of Asimov's core themes were jettisoned and his narrative turned on its head to produce another dumb spectacle. One D. Lynch has famously referred to product placement as "total fucking bullshit," which perfectly describes this travesty.