What a dissapointment. I was expecting it to be so and I was sadly right.
Once again, a classic tale has been spoilt by the need to satisfy the mass American market. Instead of using modern effects to produce a film closer to the original story, effects are used to jazz it up into something quite different.
The 1960 version at least maintained names and locations but not even these are acceptable to mass America, who appear to insist on making everything their own.
The Eloi are now cliffhanging, bi-lingual tribes people (from New York) with a grasp of their own destiny and welfare and a well defined, caring society. Why could we have not had the simple, diminuative, responsibility free, childlike people of the book? This would have been almost impossible to do in 1960, but absolutely acheivable today. The Morlocks are now a complex, multi-layered society employing hunting specialists instead of the hideous, subterranean Eloi farmers, who are themselves victims of their own subterranean culture. H.G. Wells created both peoples for a specific purpose - to show the extreme diversity of Earths inhabitants. This key theme was carelessly discarded. Day-time is as unsafe as night now and the film has hunt scenes that could have been lifted directly from Planet of the Apes. As for the fiancee rescue attempts - what on earth were they thinking of? It verged on comedy.
Don't get me wrong, this is a good film in it's own right. It goes at a fair pace, has its tensions and added violence that all films must have now. But so much of this film is not part of the original story that it should have had the last vestiges of the H.G. Wells story removed and been made as an original film - oh! of course they did that - they have made Planet Of The Apes.