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Alien Hunter (Special Edition) (Bilingual)

James Spader , Janine Eser , Ron Krauss    DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alien Hunter June 17 2014
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We have all seen the science fiction movies that are similar to this one, but because of the casting this was rather better than most even for a TV moive. There is enough suspense to make you wonder what is actually going on with the characters and the ending was different enough to make it worthwhile.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, It's a Stinker July 7 2004
This movie simply doesn't work on any level. No drama, no good one-liners, no worthwhile visuals. Nothing. Not even the "so bad it's good" consolation prize.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a parody July 4 2004
This is a movie that only makes sense after you have seen movies like Alien. Lots of those movies actually. Because this is a parody on those kinds of movies, but nobody is telling you.
So you just sit through the movie and like those things go, when scientists find an alien artefact, they pry it open as the typical cave dwellers they still are. And because it looks organic, they prod it. Yeah right you think, if you haven't walked out the theatre by then or pressed the stop button.
But anyway, a plot twist follows that caused me to gave it three stars, instead of a one. Acting is good, special effects are good, alien space ship is excellent.
But we have a lot of plot holes unfortunately. The alien artefact emits a signal that after decoding says "DO NOT OPEN". In English. That's what we would expect, wouldn't we, aliens that speak English. Also, if you want to say DO NOT OPEN, why encrypt it? Especially if you unleash death to an entire planet if you ignore the warning.
As usual, lesser films contain lots of scenes that add nothing to the overall picture. That our cryptologist fells for his female students is irrelevant for the movie. But I think the director was stretched to produce a 90 minute movie that could be done in 45 minutes and would have been the better for it.
The movie would have been much better if the background on Julian, his work on SETI, his life, hope and aspirations would have taken up a significant part of this movie. The only thing we learn now is that he has affairs with female students. Hardly surprising, irrelevant for the movie, and I doubt if ET likes to hear that part of his life as well.
Audio commentary of the director is interesting, he actually tells you where scenes come from, where it was shot, and such.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For once, an intelligent sci-fi film to watch April 18 2004
By Kali
Gosh, am I the only person to like this film? I am forced to come to the very cynical opinion that the more intelligent a film is the more people will pan it!
I get the distinct impression that if a film is full of blood, guts and gore, and heinous acting, along with fantastic special effects then people suddenly exclaim, "OH WOW! What a mind blowing film!" totally forgetting the only intelligent conversation between any of the characters in the film are "ARRRRRRRGH! I'm being eaten alive by acid green slime..."
The storyline for Alien Hunter wasn't complex but it was intelligent and this is where it fell down big time because it didn't appeal to the cranially challenged.
Alien Hunter has the excellent actor James Spader taking the central role of Julian Rome, an expert in the field of Cryptology who ends up in the South Pole when a friend of his Dr Gierach, a Botanist working on a government project in a remote part of the Pole asks for his help.
Deep in a huge block of ice that has been dug up some sort of Alien "black box" has been found and it's transmitting a signal of surprising complexity that has its origins in Roswell.
As Julian struggles to crack the signal code the Botanists decide to break open the "black box". Too late Julian finds out what the code is saying over and over again, "DO NOT OPEN" and it here when the true psychological and physical horror is unleashed upon those in the wrong place at the wrong time. As the "black box" is opened and its contents exposed the first people start to die, melting away swiftly and painfully.
Pretty good special effects, not too gory, and very realistic. However this film relies more on YOUR imagination rather than what it shows you.
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