Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Scientist Richard Hatch is a fellow who experiments on lab animals. He obtains a piece of a meteor and it contains an alien life form. The form crawls inside his body and he becomes pregnant (!). Everyone wants to kill the alien baby, but big daddy wants it to live.
Is it good movie?
Bleeeeeeeeehh. I know it's not nice to sum up any review with that word as the first one the audience will see but man, I didn't enjoy this flick at all. Here's the first problem- this one is almost more than half courtroom drama, with people blathering on and bickering back and forth about parental rights and all that business. It wouldn't be so bad but some of the arguments the defense puts forth feel forced and silly, not to mention implausible. On top of that, the movie feels like it's trying to be some sort of satire and social commentary but I felt it was just short of accomplishing either goal.
This one almost feels like a grown up cross between E.T and District 9, if those movies were terrible, had no budget and were full of shlock. The scene where the alien baby is finally born is absolutely laughable. And the whole movie really feels low-budget. The directing is poorly paced, the shots look terrible and the effects are really brutal, although they get better as the 'baby' grows up.
This isn't to say that the movie is completely terrible- some props are desired. The cast is full of known sci-fi stars like Marina Sirtis from TNG, Erick Avari and Jay Acovone from Stargate, Alan Ruck and even Tim Russ from Voyager show up for cameos. Shockingly enough, Richard Hatch turns in the best performance, given some of the ridiculous things he has to try to convey. The man acted his ass off and although it isn't the best portrayal i've seen, he definitely made the best of a cheesy situation.
I guess if you love Walter Koenig from Star Trek and consider yourself a completist of his work, you need to find this one. Otherwise, I'd recommend you avoid it.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1:78:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks just okay, like a true TV movie.
Audio is blah blah Dolby 2.0, which impresses no one.
At the end of the day this movie is a somewhat ambitious project that really falls flat. It's not scary, it's not really funny and although it tries to be thought provoking it comes off as somewhat goofy. I can't recommend this one in good conscience.