Space, Nobody Can Hear You Get Slaughtered By Jason Voorhees”
Having read the Jason
X script beforehand and considering that I’d been waiting
forever to see this baby, my expectations were quite high for this film.
Well, I’m happy to say that they were mostly met and that Jason X
lives up to the positive hype that it's been getting.
This 10th chapter in
the "Friday the 13th" franchise retains the same energy as the
previous entries but delivers it in a spaceship setting. You want to see
Jason put “Rambo” to shame as he hunts down some ex-grunts? Right here,
a-holes! Or how about Jason going mano-a-mano against a leather-clad, gun-toting
female Android? You got it! Jason X has its fair share of slash and
crash, but at the same time, it emanates an “Aliens”
(an obvious inspiration) type of vibe. Some purists might say that’s a
negative thing, but I believe that after nine films, Jason needed a change
of scenery like I needed a new “bootie call”. They slapped old hockey-puss
in space and managed to pull it off. Props to all!
Production value-wise the film
is okay (it is still a low budget film). The CGI goes from solid to
average but is always used appropriately; the spacecraft sets are simple
yet effective and the costumes are colorful. I particularly enjoyed the S&M-like
outfit that Kay-Em (Ryder) sported after getting her robotic cherry
popped. Nice! Our boy Jason hasn’t changed much. He felt more human this
time around though (he has hair!) and doesn’t look like the zombie he
was in part 6-7-8-9. I found Jason
less menacing than he was in “Friday The
13th Part 7”, but he still got the grisly job done. The “Uber
Jason” get-up is mucho impressive. Think “The Terminator” on
steroids. I adored the piercing red eyes as well! Spooky shite!
On the negative tip, the film
doesn’t always milk the kool ideas that it sets up to their fullest. The
Uber-Jason thang, for example, looks slick but not much is done with it. I
wanted to see Jason get down and dirty in robo-mode yo! Seeing him
breaking through doors wasn’t enough to quench my slaughter craving. I
also begged to witness a battle of the badasses between Mr. Voorhees and
Brodski (Mensah) but alas it never really went down. But my main beef with
the film are its characters and their lack of development. Now I know what
you’re going to say: “This is a slasher flick Arrow, who cares”.
Well, I care! Friday 6 and 7, for example, had strong characters and the
relationships between them had meat. Here, the relationships are barely
hinted at (Kay-Em and Tsunaron are the best example), the characters spit
out bad lines constantly and even our heroine Rowan (Doig) doesn’t wind
up doing much except looking great in a cleavage-heavy tank top. I wanted
to see her whoop some bootie! All I got from most of the players here is
that they were way horny and somewhat idiotic! I guess in space, your
libido goes sky high and your IQ level hits the bricks. The sexual energy
in the film is fortunately not as overbearing as it was in the script.
They toned it down and it isn’t too distracting.
On a positive note, I had the
sultry Kay-Em (Ryder) and the macho Sergeant Brodski (Mensah) to keep me
anchored to the “good guys”. Both characters steal the show every time
they pop up and Kay-Em’s edge of your seat main battle with Jason is
definitely the highlight of the film. As for the tough-as-nails Brodski,
he’s very likeable and is responsible for the film’s best line. Jason
stabs him and he says: “It will take more than a small poke in the ribs
to put down this old dog” JASON STABS HIM AGAIN and he says:
”That’ll do it”. Freaking hilarious! Man, I wanted to see more of
that tough guy!
Overall, "Jason X" is just a good slasher
time at the movies and it doesn’t pretend to be anything else but that.
Yes, the good guys are weak and the film doesn’t always capitalize on
its groovy situations but we still get lots of explosions, kills, fights
sequences, some occasional funny dialogue, some humorous situations (loved
the Virtual Reality sequence) and Jason even gets to re-visit “Crystal
Lake” to entertain two female campers in his own charming way. FUN
STUFF! What else do you want from a Friday The 13th sequel? JASON LIVES!