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Alien Hunter (Special Edition) (Bilingual)
For the NASA-funded research team stationed at the most desolate reaches of Antarctica, it's another routine day - until the communications satellite picks up a mysterious signal coming from a strange object lodged several meters beneath the ice. Suspecting it may not be from Earth, the lead scientist immediately places a call to Julian Rome (James Spader), an old friend formerly employed as a cryptologist for the U.S. government's SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program. Catching the next flight to the South Pole, this former "alien hunter" is soon led to the unidentified object which is still encased in a large block of ice. After constructing a makeshift decoder, Rome quickly cracks the complex mathematical code, only to discover the message is an alien warning. Now it's a terrifying race against time to prevent the total annihilation of the planet in this pulse-pounding sci-fi thriller.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
While the premise of the film (an alien species buried deep within the Antarctic ice is slowly being brought back to life by the investigation of its' craft's warning signal -- activated but never explained) is interesting enough for standard science fiction fare, HUNTER delivers scenes that are far too familiar to be taken at great value:
- The base in Antarctica bears more than a passing resemblance to the one depicted in John Carpenter's THE THING remake.
- While the name of the 1960's film escapes me (and IMDB is coming up empty), the block of ice hanging in an apparently unused bay bears a striking resemblance to an alien spacecraft unearthed in subterranean London.
- The structuring of several action sequences play out as if copied (or heavily influenced) by scenes already played to greater effect in the ALIEN film series.
- The film's ending -- with an alien species showing up in the knick of time to take the humans out of harm's way but plunging them into deep space -- is starkly reminescent of THE ABYSS's closing moments.
... and I think a more informed reviewer could go on and on.
Little goes explained in the script. Spader and another scientist have a past, but the reason for their fallout -- other than hints of Spader being a ladies' man -- goes undocumented. Conveniently, almost everyone serving in the Antarctic base seems to have some kind of link to one another, yet none of this goes explained or explored.Read more ›
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The guy who couldn't act in 2001 has a bit role in this film. This is a more practical man meets alien sci-fi movie, which means it is duller or Dullea as the case might be. Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Movie Guy
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. Read morePublished on June 17 2014 by Catherine A. Rawley
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.Published on July 7 2004 by G. Potter
Watching this DVD with the english subtitles and french dialogue, and skipping chapters almost made this movie enjoyable but not understandable. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003
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