There's something both flattering and depressing about seeing an idea you'd once had - an idea that had actually been put onto celluloid itself - become a major Hollywood motion picture. But more than that, comparisons are meaningless.
When I was an undergraduate film student in the 90s, I made a short super 8 film for an assignment. The film was about 8 minutes long and, except for an added music score, a silent movie. (It also co-starred my now dearly departed stepmom, a former actress who gave her all for this student-made trifle; and my roomie at the time, Rich.) It was about a guy who comes to possess a magic remote control that allows him to rewind, fast forward and, most importantly, stop people in his path (including his nagging mother).
It's a fairly inane idea, frankly, although 10-15 years ago it was, in my defense, at least a little bit fresher than it is now, and, unlike the Adam Sandler vehicle now dropping on multiplexes across the hinterlands, Click, my film was a modest little art film, without taking the premise too seriously, and then leaving before it overstayed its welcome (which it probably did anyway). The point of my film was mostly for me to learn and have fun with editing, and nothing more than that.
I say all this not to whine or because I'm about to embark on a lawsuit - as I said, the idea wasn't that original back then, and certainly not now, and I seriously doubt someone involved in the film broke into my garage to sneak away with the dusty reels of my super 8 assignment. No, the point is more that Hollywood is recycling it's own high concept films - in this case, Clockstoppers, Pleasantville (which only used a remote as a point of departure, not the center of the premise), The Girl, the Gold Watch, and Everything - not to mention Bruce Almighty and so on. This is not to say that "high concept" movies can't be artistically successful (Back to the Future and The Truman Show to name a couple), nor that every film has to be original.
But while it's tempting to be frustrated that I didn't dust off my old short film concept and try to sell it to Hollywood (and there's no guarantee that mine would be any better than theirs), and I could certainly use the money, a small part of me is glad I didn't.