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There is a certain type of movie. It's usually a made-for-TV movie, and it's usually an "updated" remake of an older movie.
The cast and story elements are painfully politically correct.
The writers appear to labor under the mistaken assumption that the viewer really doesn't need to be told a coherent story as long as there are a few visual elements from the original and some handsome-looking people emoting at each other. And things blowing up.
If there was a punchline to the original, the film will either ignore, misinterpret, or completely blow it.
The remake of Lathe of Heaven (2002)was such a film.
The remake of The Andromeda Strain (2008) is also such a film. It takes the tight script and edge-of-seat stress and paranoia of the original and substitutes digital effects, things blowing up, and absolutely nonsensical plot. When the time comes for the big reveal (which I won't reveal here), instead of the insightful political message of the original, we get a sophomoric, pasted-on ending that doesn't relate to what's gone before and basically contains no message whatsoever, but does allow one last digital effect.
It's not even bad enough to be good in a campy way. It's just dreary and indecipherable. See the original instead.
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