I wasn't even able to finish the original and I was very excited for the movie overall. This type of film is generally right in my wheelhouse. This fan edit helps speed things along and helps focus on what good pieces Malthus had to work with. Bring a new focus to the action that should have been the backbone of this movie to begin with. If you were excited for the original and let down then this may be the edit for you.
Fixing this film is no easy feat but Malthus has done a great job of editing to improve this over the original. By removing the backstory, flashbacks and the bland dialogue this edit gets right into the action and doesn't stop until the end. I would much prefer to watch this version and I would definitely recommend this over the original for anyone wanting to rewatch or a first time viewer.
While I don't believe this edit fixes all of the issues with the original film, I do believe it fixes most of them. Much of the bland and wooden dialogue is removed along with almost all of the backstory and flashbacks. This make the fan edit have better and more consistent pacing than that of the original film. The edits were well done and there were no video or audio issues that I noticed which produced a high quality viewing experience.
There were some questionable material that was left in the edit. Such as the rapidly freezing temperature that doesn't really make much sense along with an animal sacrificing itself on a planet that is supposedly populated with things evolved to kill humans. These things are subjective and while I would have taken them out, the editor decided to keep them in. This is not a flaw in the edit but in the original film. The only thing that was removed that I think could have benefited the edit is the final fight with the ursa. While I understand why it was removed, it creates an abrupt end to the main characters journey and is a little anticlimactic. All these things are why I ranked the narrative so low.
However, there were many things that were done right which improved this version over the original. As previously mentioned the removal of the dialogue and the backstory help with pacing. By removing the backstory, the edit gets right into the action and doesn't stop until the end. Also by removing much of the dialogue the acting also seems to have improved immensely. I would much prefer to watch this version over the original so in that case I do believe that this edit did indeed mostly "fix" the film.
Fixing this travesty of a film is no easy feat. This edit is insurmountably superior compared to the theatrical cut - the pacing is much better, much of the kitsch is gone, and the chosen narrative is comprehensible and well defined. I particularly approve of the removal of any mentioning of ghosting (and especially the terrible monologue about fear not being real).
As I mentioned in the forum discussion, I have three major issues with the narrative, which affected my enjoyment from the edit. I felt the narrative could be made stronger by restoring most of Zoë Kravitz's scenes, by removing all explicit references to Earth (except the whales at the end), and by trimming improbable moments (especially the bird segment).
The visual and audio quality and editing are superb, as always.