Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A race of aliens are in league with some of Earth’s greediest for power. A rebel from the alien planet comes to Earth but is captured by a military group whose purpose is to repel E.T.’s. The rebel’s son and daughter attempt to free him and stop the evil humans from selling off the alien technology to the highest bidder.
Is it good movie?
If you take the film for what it is, it’s not bad, but after watching the introduction (which is voiced by the awesome Ian McKellan) it seemed as though it’d be a little more larger scale than what was offered. Given the budget though, it’s understandable that everyone wanted to make an epic film but could only do so much. The end result is a film that could be best described as something that can compare favorably to some of the better direct-to-video movies out now.
The action scenes deliver if you’re into chop socky fighting (even aliens have their own fighting styles) though there is quite a bit of talk as well, which is fine given the acting is good, though some characters keep a vacant stare throughout the movie. Weird. The direction is great; it’s calm during the quiet times yet frenzy when the action picks up. Director Holland knows what he’s doing.
On the downside of things, I was hoping the aliens would look more alien-ish. They just looked like ordinary humans except for the blue blood. Wearing a ski mask and goggles doesn’t exactly scream, “Take me to your leader” y’know? The story dragged slightly in some spots when I wanted it to move on. And I know it sounds like a minor gripe, but EVERYONE and their mother in this movie knows martial arts. I had a good laugh at one point seeing so many guys in suits busting out their best Jackie Chan impression.
Video / Audio
In the end, what we get is a more of a martial arts film with a little sci-fi mixed in to make it a little different. There’s plenty of action, the story is decent and the direction is well done. You could do much worse.