These days, if you're going to attempt to make a low budget science-fiction film, you need to have at least two of the following elements in place, or your movie is going to suck: good CGI; catchy performances; good script; your horrific bad guy not turning out to be bears.
At least if you're going to be cheap, aim lower, dammit. Don't make a movie about teleportation space-travel to a planet hundreds of light years away and then make the bad guy a frigging *bear*. If that's the best you got, why not just keep it on Earth and make a movie about a camping trip that gets attacked by grizzlies? At least you'd be able to better channel the computer animation budget.
Savage Planet really has no excuse to be as lame as it is. Sean Patrick Flanery has been in some legit stuff (Suicide Kings, The Boondock Saints), but there's no way he commanded enough salary for the makers of Savage Planet to have skimped so badly on everything else. I mean, this was 2006 -- Pi came out 8 years earlier and was made for no more than 1/16th the budget of Savage Planet and is approximately 32 times better a movie.
And let's not get too deep into the fact that this city tracking shot at the beginning of Savage Planet looks like the storyboard art for the intro to Battlestar Galactica, which started airing two years earlier.
I was going to just post every screenshot I took of Savage Planet's shitty animation and simply say, "Nice try. Assholes." But then I decided that that wouldn't be fair. To me. I believe sitting through this tired exercise earned me the right to bitch about this one a little -- although, if I watch a more half-assed piece of work this year, I think I'll be entitled to leave a frowny face as my entire review.
"A SyFy Channel Original"? Unsurprising.
No -- You have to open your hand the whole way.
God. Can't you fucks do anything right?