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Supernova (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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) 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.
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.
I really wonder why people hate this movie so much. I saw it during its limited theater release and I wasn't thrilled by it but I didn't feel ripped off or anything. When I saw it years later, I liked it a little more and now that I've purchased it, I've seen it twice more and it has grown on me. The behind-the-scenes wrangling is now legend and it is easy to see that there is a much better version of this film floating out there in the ether. But as problematic as some elements of this film are, I enjoy watching it and that's the bottom line for me.
The film is too short and could use more backstory and explanation. There are too many dimly lit scenes and an unnecessary strobe effect sometimes. The voice of the on-board computer "Sweetie" is nice but too frequent. There were some glaring cut corners during editing. Oh yeah, and Robin Tunney's hair was cut short (admittedly just a pet peeve).
There are interesting special effects both in concept and execution (especially for 15 years ago). I think the future technologies were well imagined. A beefed up James Spader makes for a really cool good guy. The scene where the Benj character is frantically negotiating with the computer's AI component to abandon protocol is really intriguing. Most importantly, even given the bad circumstances the actors were forced to work under, they managed to make me care about the characters and the story. So long as I want the good guys and gals to survive and hopefully kill the baddie, I will usually enjoy a film like this.
Overall, this movie will probably seem off kilter for mainstream movie buffs and it's unlikely they would like it.Read more ›
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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 morePublished 23 months ago by EA Solinas
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 morePublished on Feb. 16 2006 by R. Kirk
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 morePublished on Feb. 9 2005 by Scifihorrorfan
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2003
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 morePublished on May 29 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. Read morePublished on April 8 2003