Review Date: January 15, 2000
Director: Thomas Lee (aka Walter Hill)
Writer: David Campbell Wilson
Producers: D. Chuba, J. Dixon, A. Shah
Angela Bassett as Kaela
James Spader as Nick
Peter Facinelli as Troy
Unoriginal mesh of previously seen and better science-fiction movies such as ALIEN, THE THING and even crap like VIRUS and EVENT HORIZON, this film did at least manage to keep me interested throughout its entire run. Yes, that's right, I was never bored and I suppose that's a good thing, right? Add that to a couple of trippy sequences, laughable sci-fi dialogue and a quick cohesive package of less than an hour and a half, and God help me, but I didn't think this film was as horrible as I originally anticipated. Don't get me wrong, this is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination. The characters are stock and one-dimensional, the flickering lights, beeping switches, smoke and hand-held camera are patent sci-fi schlock and rarely take your mind off the fact that the movie doesn't have one shred of originality to piss on, but I guess I wasn't expecting much from this film to begin with. Slap a couple of beers in your system, and by golly, you may even enjoy the darn thing!
So I guess the trick is to go into this thing with nil expectations, in which case you might actually appreciate the hour and a half of relaxation that your mind will experience. And it's definitely video-bait, with very few special effects and even less superior effects to warrant a trip outside the home. The cast is wasted on jargon dialogue and two-bit romances barely crispy enough to light a candle, but I suppose that if you're just looking to have fun with some buddies, or enjoy a film which doesn't pretend to be anything more than a staple sci-fi flick with no message, than this baby might be worth saving a seat just for you. So let's recap: never boring, pretty repetitive, so-so effects, ho-hum characters, zero originality, quick runtime tacked on to an anti-climactic ending. Sound interesting to you? If so, go ahead and supernova your ass over to this movie, caught in the annual spot reserved for early year sci-fi rehashes. If not, skip it, erase the title from your mind, and pretend you never read any of this. It won't be hard. I saw the movie a few hours ago, and I barely remember a thing.