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James Spader , Peter Facinelli , Francis Ford Coppola , Jack Sholder    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Filmmakers apparently count on the fact that generational turnover renders old formulas fresh again for new audiences. Which is the only explanation for this sci-fi thriller, which could kindly be called an homage to Ridley Scott's trendsetting Alien. A medical rescue ship responds to a distress call from a mining colony and finds only one survivor: a strange young man (Peter Facinelli), who comes aboard carrying an even stranger alien artifact. But the plot of this film, which was directed and then disowned by Walter Hill, grows confused as it tries to explain the sinister force that will lead to a star going to supernova status, causing a universe-shattering explosion. Some nice sexual tension between James Spader (as a recovering drug addict who is the ship's copilot) and Angela Bassett (as the ship's doctor). Notable mostly, however, for the eerie resemblance, both physical and vocal, between Facinelli and Tom Cruise. --Marshall Fine

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1.0 out of 5 stars Almost unwatchable sci-fi turkey Jan. 3 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This blatently derivative (hat tip to Ridley Scott's Alien, with a hint of Stanley Donen's Saturn 3 thrown in) movie should surely win the award for the most irritatingly gratuitous over-use of strobe lighting ever. This makes it extremely uncomfortable to watch and is, presumably, employed to detract from the lack of any genuine thrills. Throw in a ridiculously precocious ship's computer and a downright silly robot, and this adds up to one helluva big turkey in space. James Spader and Angela Bassett do their best to make something out of an inadequate script and plot, but this is unremittingly dreadful and dull. The "happy ever after" finale will probably make you cringe in its corniness. Supernova's only redeeming factor is that it is very short.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bashful's DVD Summary #003 Jan. 1 2004
1) It really feels like you're in space and far from home.
2) The acting from everyone was amazingly good.
3) 9th dimentional matter is very cool as a concept. The special-effects rendition of what it looks like and how it effects humans is astonishing.
4) The indestructable man Carl (strengthened by the 9th dimentional matter), who just keeps coming no matter what you do to him (and they did a LOT), was simply eye-popping to watch.
5) The main spaceship's dimentia-drive (that seemed to be a less safe precursor to hyperspace or warp drive) was an interesting addition.
6) The deleted scenes are numerous and MUST-sees.
7) You get to see Robin Tunney topless twice (ha).
1) The scientific jargon is a little hard to understand (or believe) sometimes.
2) The ending (even the alternate version) was predictable, but they threw in some conceptual touches to make you think - hmm.
The price is good. Get it even if you aren't a huge sci-fi fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Angela Bassett is the Best! Oct. 10 2003
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Supernova starts out as a cool voyage through space. All the while I was thinking I'd see something new. The first thirty minutes was pretty routine. It was saddled with cliched space dialogue and a mismatched romance between Angela and James. By the second half a guy is picked up from space and he has a lot of secrets that are found out later in the film. He has an artifact he found on another planet and soon the crew realizes it's dangerous, although they're intrigued by the stranger and his little toy.
The second half of the film turned into " Friday the 13th: In Space ". The stranger sent James' character on a wild goose chase meanwhile he ( predictably ) picked off each crew member one by one. By this time I was confused because I was in the mood to see a space film and not a cheap rendition of " The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ". Except the stranger used his out-of-space strength to get rid of the crew members.
Once again the filmmakers threw in elements that weren't needed and didn't make sense. The romance between Angela and James was weak. They could have had more time together before having to save each other's lives. Robin Tunney and Lou Diamond Phillips weren't believable as a couple. Not only was Lou Diamond way older than Tunney, the two had zero chemistry and were as boring as a PBS talk show. James Spader was not believable nor was he exciting. Hello! The lead character of a SCI-Fi picture should be exciting. Angela Bassett and Peter Facinelli were the only ones that kept my interest. I'd watch Angela Bassett in anything because she never lets a film down no matter how bad it is. The climax was my favorite part. Other than that it was two hours of noise and boring blue scenery.
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1.0 out of 5 stars EASYILY,ONE OF THE WORST FILMS EVER !!!!!! Aug. 7 2003
Yes,iv'e seen this mvie from begining to ending,I was praying the whole way through that it would get better,that some scenes later in the film might redeem it.No such luck.Why was this film ever made.The director and the producer must of needed some cash really fast to pay off the mob or some drug dealers or something.And what were you thinking Angela Basset being in a film like this.Angela is to good a actress to be making such trash.The plot is some Quasi-scifi wanne be soft porn flick.Tis film is dark and boring and it just dragged on until the next nude scene.Supernova still begs belief that it was ever made.And unlike some b-movie and cult classics,this movie not even worth watching to laugh at.Even the nudity not worth seeing.Nowadays there is so much nudity in film and every where else.Actually there are alot of porn films with more engaging plots then this tasteless movie.Don't waste your time or money seeing this unless you want to be rendered dumb,dazed and numb.Supernova should be vanished to the nether world.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Cooks. April 8 2003
Ultimately this film is not as good as it could have been, but it does have things to recommend it so don't be fooled by some of the other reviews. Yes, the plot does have echoes of Alien but Walter Hill wrote and produced Alien, and if people would care to take note Alien has more in common stylistically with the films of Walter Hill than any of Ridley Scott's subsequent output.
The Camera, Sound and Lighting are all excellent, as are the special effects. The problems with the film stem mostly from the editing, resulting in poor character development and slow pacing. This can be attributed to production problems during and after the shoot. Walter Hill took over from another director shortly after filming began and when he was not given additional funding to add scenes he removed himself from the production process altogether. Francis Ford Coppola was then drafted in to edit the film whereupon Hill stated he would put his name back on the film if the cut met with his approval. Obviously it didn't.
A fine cast is assembled here and whilst none could be accused of being A-list most have proven themselves as fine actors in the past. The premise of the film has our cast aboard a sort of intergalactic breakdown service. They answer distress calls and all have defined roles within that. They answer a distress call from what appears to be an abandoned mining colony and immediately things are not right. The call is directly to the ship and the caller is Angela Basset's ex, apparently not a nice man, but when they arrive it appears it is from his son and he has some sort of alien artifact. The rest you can guess. Where films like this distinguish themselves is in the detail and the style and Supernova has plenty of both if you pay attention.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Blows up
You would think a movie about a ninth-dimensional alien artifact, a supernova, a mutated maniac and a lot of murders would be more fun than this. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sci-fi space movie
I was expecting another middle-of-the-road sci-fi film. But this film was great! Great special effects, super plot, and very good acting. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2006 by R. Kirk
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Bad As They Say
I was expecting to see a terrible movie, like Battlefield Earth terrible. But this film was actually well-done. The story was suspenseful and the acting was great. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2005 by Scifihorrorfan
4.0 out of 5 stars i liked it
I SAW THIS MOVIE on usa and couldn't remember the title so i came to amazon to see if i could figure it out and i am going out tomorrow to try and find it because i really enjoyed... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars supernova
I normally don't watch Scifi movies however, this one I watched because it had two of my favorite actors Angela Bassett and James Spader. Read more
Published on May 29 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Space Sequences
This film is pretty interesting. I was very impressed with the end sequence of the exploding supernova and the hyperspace warp drive sequence of the spaceship. Read more
Published on May 27 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars it's bad, but it isn't even funny
What's the biggest crime? a bad movie you can't even laugh at.
Normally when you go to the cinema, buy or rent a [bad] movie, the least you can expect it is to be funny! Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2003 by Jose Rodriguez
1.0 out of 5 stars Uhhh.....what?
I won't even mention the plot of the movie in my review because I'm not really sure what that plot is. This movie is not just badly written or acted, not that I could tell. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2002 by Joseph Johnson
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