Meet Dave


Directed by: Brian Robbins
Written by:Rob Greenberg, Bill Corbett
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union, Scott Caan, Austyn Myers, Marc Blucas
Released: July 10, 2008
Grade: C

Three months ago, a baseball-sized orb came down through the atmosphere and landed in the bedroom of a young boy named Josh (Myers).  He told his mum (Banks) that it came from outer space but she didn’t believe him of course.

Now, the rightful owners of the orb have come to get it back.  Their alien spaceship lands near the Statue of Liberty but its arrival is very inconspicuous.  Why?  Because the spaceship is in the shape of a human being.  It can walk and talk as a regular person would.  Tiny aliens can be found living inside of this robot-like ship.  For some unexplained reason, the aliens speak English and look like a miniature version of normal humans.  Their leader is simply known as Captain (Murphy).

The aliens have come to Earth to steal the water from our oceans.  They need the salt to help replenish the dwindling resources of their own planet.  The orb has the power to suck up all our water and transport it back to their alien world.

In his quest to complete the mission, the Captain realises that Earthlings aren’t the inferior species that he thought them to be.  He realises that they have powerful feelings and some fun forms of entertainment.  Can he go through with the mission and risk destroying the planet?

When I saw Meet Dave, I was expecting a film will a little more intelligence.  I assumed it was a silly adult comedy.  Now that I’ve seen it, I can best describe it as a kids flick.  The storyline is basic and there aren’t too many parts to the film which require deep thought. 

Eddie Murphy is one of my least favourite actors but I’ll be honest and say that he’s not too bad in this movie.  He’s the right choice for the role and he comes across well.  Unfortunately, he’s let down by a script which is full of plot holes and unanswered questions.  It’s ridiculous.  The ending is the worst part – a rushed mess that still befuddles me.  It’s as if the writers just went home and gave up.  That’s what I’m going to do too.  End of review.