Science fiction can be tough to write. It’s hard to make the science, entertainment, and story move along together without confusing the viewer or causing everything to fall apart due to plot holes. In the case of Savage Planet, the holes don’t come from the story, they come from ridiculous logic of why the movie was made in the first place.
The set up is a simple one. Earth is nearing its breaking point as humans slowly destroy it. A corporation finds a new Earth-like planet, they help create life on it, and then want all of it to be claimed in their name. Planet “Oxygen” is reached through a new technology, and people are sent to discover its secrets.
So far, things are working fine. We have intergalactic space travel, an alien planet, the evil conniving corporation owner, and the assurance some of the crew will meet a gruesome death once they arrive. What remains unanswered is what will actually be the threat. A massive alien life form? No. A new type of plant that can suck the blood from any human foolish enough to get close? No. An active volcano that’s actually alive? No. What is this mysterious life form that could potentially end our chances of ever getting off our doomed planet?
Yes, brown bears. Apparently, they’re the only form of life on this planet too. The audience is never introduced to anything else visually. Audio cues let us hear some birds and the actors talk about fish, but the rulers of the world are bears. It’s hard to imaging the food chain at work here.
This obviously leads to a plethora of questions. We’re never sure how so many of the bears survive, why they’re rarely shown outside of the same repetitious stock footage, why the CG is completely unbelievable, or why anyone would bother writing a script that sends the actors to another planet if they could have the same experience right here on Earth. It’s not only poorly executed, it was a ridiculous concept to begin with.
As seen in the opening moments, we learn of a substance that regrows cells. It’s coming up from the ground, and it doesn’t take much to figure out this is what the human crew is really after. Of course, after all the doom and gloom of the condition of planet Earth in this film’s timeline, you have to wonder why they would want to help people live longer or infinitely. Wouldn’t that cause more problems instead of fixing them?
All of this happens on top of a brutally miserable soundtrack that’s completely out of place. There’s nothing here worth viewing aside from some over-the-top gratuitous gore. The entire concept is stupid enough to make the viewer feel actual physical pain. This “savage planet” seems to be someone’s backyard.