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Science Fiction takes a back seat to character development
on November 16, 2008
There is a spoiler in this review, so please don't read on if you think it may spoil the enjoyment of the film.
Signs presents itself as a science fiction film with horror and suspense along with a dabble of personal struggles with faith. The film is quite good at developing the characters in the film, particularly that of Mel Gibson ( who gives another fine performance)and the small boy played by Rory Culkin , and sets about an effective mood of foreboding and dread.
The problem I have with this film is that the Aliens are complete idiots. They behave like the barbarians at the gate during Roman or medieval times, yet with less intelligence or common sense. They are supposed to be Aliens who have mastered star travel, building starships and such, yet were inspired to invade a blue planet even though water is poison to them and actually acts like an acid when in contact with them. Duh? Need to make crop circles in order to navigate around the planet!! They seem to not know how to use weapons, preferring hand to "hand combat" like wild animals!! They invade a planet, yet do not take out infrastructure sites such as power plants, yet they manage to take out the TV stations and radio!! They like to hang out in kitchens and houses it seems like bear cubs, making a mess of things, and even allow themselves to get locked up in a pantry? These are just some examples of how idiotic and incompetent these Aliens are. Even the one example in which we see a so called "face to fac battle", the Alien just stands there and gets battered with a swinging bat. How could such Aliens get to another solar system, when it is unlikely they could figure out how to get to the next village.
As usual, if you put your brain away, this film can be enjoyed for the characters and suspense of the film, since it is a well done film in this respect. But for me personally, I expect a little more substance to a science fiction themed film.