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Interplanetary [Import]

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Nine men and women, employees of Interplanetary Corporation, live and work on Mars. Their days aren't particularly interesting, much less exciting, until they are assaulted by a murderous band of strangers and a seemingly unstoppable alien creature. Do these attacks have anything to do with the Martian fossil recently uncovered by one of the employees? Will the rapidly increasing body count adversely affect Interplanetary's stock price? And can anyone survive long enough to fill out the inevitable paperwork?

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4.0 out of 5 stars Middle managers on Mars April 9 2012
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Reading others' comments about this film, I'm not sure everyone actually got the fact that Interplanetary is a sci-fi/horror comedy spoof laced with satire. On top of that, it's a very deliberate attempt to make a 1980s futuristic film, and that's why the video quality isn't pristine (it was shot on 16mm film) and the sets and special effects are somewhat primitive compared to today's digital standards. I suppose the fact that so many viewers criticize the video quality is actually a testament as to how effective writer/director Chance Shirley was at establishing his vision for the film. As for the acting, it is quite true that the cast members of Interplanetary aren't a heartbeat away from Broadway, but I think they're downright perfect for this film. They make it funnier than it already is - and it's pretty funny just on paper. We're basically talking about a space colony being run by middle managers having to deal with all kinds of situations that are nowhere to be found in the corporate manuals.

So yeah, Mars Base Two is run by a power-happy middle manager named Lisa (Melissa Bush), who reacts to any crisis by scheduling meetings, trying to contact the corporate office back on Earth for advice, and demanding impossible things from her employees. In other words, she's the type of ice queen who will lock down the entire base with a crew member outside trying to get back in. Up until now, things have been going just fine - largely because Mars Base Two serves almost no purpose. The only people who actually do anything are Wil (Chuck Hartsell) and his assistant, who go out on scouting missions trying to find an appropriate location for Mars Base Three.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scifi Comedy March 16 2012
By B. Kimball - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, this is a comedy. Low budget (very simple sets), more along the lines of "Office" meets "Red Dwarf". There are a few good jokes in it. Think of a business office on mars, where everyone seems to be some kind of manager exec, and all they do is give orders, but none of them has any idea what's really going on. People are dying and the managers are only worried about the paperwork and the companies reputation.

There are a couple of quick shots of upper nudity on women, and some profanity. There are a few shots of (unrealistic) blood and gore. I don't want to give too much away story wise. I doubt you would watch this more than once, so rent it on a slow night. It is what it is.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Middle managers on Mars April 9 2012
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Reading others' comments about this film, I'm not sure everyone actually got the fact that Interplanetary is a sci-fi/horror comedy spoof laced with satire. On top of that, it's a very deliberate attempt to make a 1980s futuristic film, and that's why the video quality isn't pristine (it was shot on 16mm film) and the sets and special effects are somewhat primitive compared to today's digital standards. I suppose the fact that so many viewers criticize the video quality is actually a testament as to how effective writer/director Chance Shirley was at establishing his vision for the film. As for the acting, it is quite true that the cast members of Interplanetary aren't a heartbeat away from Broadway, but I think they're downright perfect for this film. They make it funnier than it already is - and it's pretty funny just on paper. We're basically talking about a space colony being run by middle managers having to deal with all kinds of situations that are nowhere to be found in the corporate manuals.

So yeah, Mars Base Two is run by a power-happy middle manager named Lisa (Melissa Bush), who reacts to any crisis by scheduling meetings, trying to contact the corporate office back on Earth for advice, and demanding impossible things from her employees. In other words, she's the type of ice queen who will lock down the entire base with a crew member outside trying to get back in. Up until now, things have been going just fine - largely because Mars Base Two serves almost no purpose. The only people who actually do anything are Wil (Chuck Hartsell) and his assistant, who go out on scouting missions trying to find an appropriate location for Mars Base Three. Unfortunately, the guys happen to come across the fossilized remains of some type of Martian life, and that's when everything hits the fan. Almost immediately, the Mars Base Two crew discovers they are not alone on Mars after all. In fact, an unknown human being turns up outside the base's door with a bazooka, and other huge surprises await the crew in the hours ahead. Fortunately, the base's cook (Kyle Holman) turns out to be packing and most capable and willing of seeking out and neutralizing unexpected dangers.

This isn't exactly Office Space in space, but there is some definite skewering of corporate bureaucracy woven seamlessly into this film. Lisa's insistence on going by the books results in one obviously wrong and rather silly move after another, as she displays zero awareness of the situation outside - not to mention contradictory orders that stymie her own steadfast attempt to hold a mandatory meeting about the whole situation. The corporate response is just as bad, as it concentrates on keeping Mars Base Two unaware of the real facts. Let's face it - when a slimy Martian is threatening to crush your head and then rip it from your body, bureaucratic protocol isn't going to save your sorry asteroid.

My hope is that others will give this film a chance. Just don't go in expecting a science fiction or horror film in the traditional sense; yes, there are space suits, machines that go ping, and appreciable amounts of blood and gore to be had here, but that doesn't mean Interplanetary fits into any traditional genre. If you're of a sarcastic frame of mind, I think you'll find much to laugh at and enjoy as this story plays out in its own peculiar way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun in the Martian Sun July 31 2012
By Gabriella&Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Well, this isn't for everyone. But if you liked "Dark Star" then you will, in all likelihood, not hate this movie! It has some good acting, a plot that, unusual in modern films, isn't easy to predict and the occasional gratuitous space nudity! I also liked the score...

I'm giving it five stars because I just enjoyed it so much and have found myself watching it again and again.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good gore soaked fun. July 15 2011
By Alt Cinema - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Interplanetary (2008)
Directed By: Chance Shirley

The Prologue
Anyone here ever heard of a sci-fi horror film named, Interplanetary?
Well, if you have yet to hear about it, now is a good of a time as any
to get really familiar with it. I can honestly say I had a massively
good time while watching it and I'm sure most of you will as well.
It's hard to make a space story blend in well with horror and comedy
but this movie gets it right for the most part. I was shocked by now
entertained I was but that just goes to show some of the better films
you can see are a lot of the times the ones you've never heard of
before.

The Movie
Nine men and women, employees of Interplanetary Corporation, live and
work on Mars. Their days aren't particularly interesting, much less
exciting. Until they are assaulted by a murderous band of strangers
and seemingly unstoppable alien creature. Do these attacks have
anything to do with the Martian fossil recently uncovered by one of
the employees? Will the rapidly increasing body count adversely affect
interplanetary's stock prices? And can anyone survive long enough to
fill out the inevitable paperwork?.. The tone of this plot summary
should be all you need to figure out the tone of this movie.

I wasn't sure of what I was getting myself into when I popped in
Interplanetary, but I was happy with what I got as the result. What
you have here is a movie that seems to have humor that's a little on
the dry side. It's funny and it doesn't just think it's funny, it's
literally funny. It doesn't take it's self too seriously and it's
soaked in blood and some really awesome gore effects, Anyone who likes
aliens and gore will feel as if they are in Heaven once they see this
thing. And above all else, it has some re-watch value. A value that is
very hard to find with films these days. This movie won't be for
everyone, but people who like it will probably love it.

If you've ever been a fan of any Wes Anderson film, I think you'll be
a big fan of Chance Shirley's work here. It's a dry-ish humor. It's
funny based off just the delivery of how people say stuff, even more
so than what they say. But to top it all off, while it's no fast
moving story, it's a story that is very much interesting and holds
your attention from the start of the film til it's abrupt end. And to
top things off, I think we have one of the most bad ass and coolest
looking aliens that I've seen in a movie in years! And to see the
damage that aliens does and how to rips people apart is truly a sight
to see.

If you are looking for something that is just good gore soaked fun,
then this movie is for you. It's got some fun moments, some bloody
scenes, and some running gags that are actually hilarious (if I do say
so myself). I'd dare say it's one the better space themed sci-fi or
horror films I have seen in a long looooong time. If you dig that
sorta stuff, I am more than confident you will also dig this, a lot.
If you take a chance on one film this year then it might as well be
Interplanetary. I think you will all be happy with the results.

The Conclusion
If you want to get your hands on this *BEEP*ing dvd (You'll get that
joke when you watch it). Then CLICK HERE AND HEAD OVER to pick up your
copy of it right now. I strongly suggest it to anyone looking for
something fun that you can have a good time with. It's perfect for
people who like a little comedy mixed with their horror.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some independent science April 30 2011
By Robert Cossaboon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Once you get past the initial realization that this will be a very independent, probably low-budget film, you will still get caught in the proverbial gravitational pull of this little story. Yes, the acting is wooden, and aside from the annoying Lisa, none of the actors are particularly captivating. But the story is tight and reasonably paced, and the scenes never linger. Comparisons will range from Dark Star to the inevitable Alien franchise. The director/producer wisely chose tension over special effects. The special effects that you do see will either make you go `meh' or make you roll your eyes in disgust. There are some decent scenes of mayhem, however. One interesting element: there is no swearing! It was actually built into the storyline about these devices that censor the characters' respective dialogues. Thematically, an underlying cynicism pervades, but never directly undercuts the humor or the story itself. The message is simple: hold your goals and dreams dear, but keep that management and science even closer!
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