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Two of the crew of the fifth shift charged with running the Elysium for their two year stint awake from hyper-sleep, their memories ravaged by the prolonged slumber soon come to realize that is the least of their problems. Not only do they have to deal with the major gaps in their memory, their flight training and underlying psychological traits remaining relatively intact, they also have to solve the mystery of what has happened to their vessel. Quaid stays in the sleep chamber/command center and sends Foster off through service ducts in search of a way to open the door to the command center. As with all plans of mice and men that's when their plans have to adapt to what they find along the way.
What they find is a failing ship inhabited by creatures, reminiscent of John Carpenter's "Ghosts of Mars", who are fast, intelligent, and possessed of a need to feed on whatever food that presents itself which includes their own wounded. The creatures while being part of the peril they face are minor players while Quaid and Bower work at rediscovering who they are and their roles in relation to each other and themselves as well as the other individuals they meet. The movie revolves around the examination of the range of traits that humanity can express from depravity to hero while trying to survive in adverse circumstances.
On the one hand while being a psychological thriller it also is just plain good sci-fi.Read more ›
This movie have many very good qualities to boot!
1) The story: I cared for what I consider a beleivable story, it's one hell of a nerve racking ride and I did care for the characters as well! That's a good start!
2) Awesome sets: you really feel like you are lost in one HUGE ship! It's getting better!
3) Superb costumes: creatures are highly beleivable and scary! Now they got me!
4) Most special fx are very well done! Icing on the cake!
All in all, I'm pleasently pleased with this movie! I was a lil bit hesitant because of some bad reviews... well folks, too bad they didn't like it!
About the blu-ray!
I got it 2 weeks before the official realese date and at a very good price, C20$!! Thanks Amazon!!
Looks and sound 4.5/5
The film passes time and everyone tries very hard. However, there are only so many ways to do space kung-fu and other mischievous biting. Antje Traue ads a little energy to the story.
I am not saying that you will not like the movie. Many people want the formula and nothing to innovative. If you are looking for something exceptional or innovative, you have come to the wrong place. Watch the original "Planet of the Apes" for a better ending surprise and escape.
I have only seen the Blu-Ray disc, so I cannot compare to the other presentations, a theatrical trailer, and much more. Be sure to take the time for the Audio Commentary with director Christian Alvart and Producer Jeremy Bolt. This is one of the few movies that the DVD extras do not really contribute to its enhancement.
The acting is decent, and the special effects are decent as well.
The movie story line is written with the intention of it being a trilogy, but as the movie did not do very well in theaters, I doubt any more will be made. That is unfortunate as I enjoyed watching the movie, and was wanting to see more when the ending came.
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