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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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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. There were some glaring cut corners during editing. Too many characters seemed dour and occasional levity would have helped.
There are interesting special effects both in concept and execution and the future technologies were well imagined. A beefed up James Spader makes for a really cool good guy. Most importantly, even given the bad circumstances the actors were forced to work under, mainly involving frequent rewrites, they managed to make me care about the fate of the characters. And as long as I'm rooting for a desired outcome, I will usually enjoy a film like this.
Overall, this movie will probably seem off the mark for typical viewers and it's unlikely they would like it. It has a terrible reputation and is usually lambasted by critics. Maybe it just makes a bad first impression due to its inconsistencies. I found that I liked it more on subsequent viewings.
The Blu-Ray has some recent interviews for those who are interested in the history of this film. Many people involved in making the film acknowledge the criticisms as there is often a 'What went wrong?' element to the interviews. Also, deleted scenes and alternate ending. Originally rated R (USA), re-rated PG-13, UK 15 - Sci-fi action violence, sensuality/nudity
But sadly, "Supernova" ends up being a hot mess -- mostly because it can't decide what kind of sci-fi movie it wants to be. It constantly plays it safe with the slasher/"Alien" horror, but it also tries to integrate a cerebral subplot about a mysterious, godlike alien race... and then drops it like a hot coal. It has too many seeds of excellence, and too few seedlings.
The medical patrol ship Nightingale receives a distress call from an abandoned mining station on a rogue planet. Despite some malfunctions in the dimensional stabilization pods, they make a dimensional jump to get there. But when they arrive, the captain is accidentally killed and the ship ends up trapped in orbit around a blue giant.
While they wait for the engines to recharge, the crew rescues a mysterious young man (Peter Facinelli) from the planet. He claims to be the son of Dr. Kaela Evers' (Angela Basset) abusive former lover, Karl Larsen. And he has brought something with him: a mysterious extradimensional artifact.
Evers begins analyzing the artifact, and discovers that it's something far more amazing -- and terrifying -- than any human has ever seen before. Meanwhile, acting captain Nick Vanzant (James Spader) starts to become suspicious of the young man. Their visitor begins manipulating the crew around him -- and then starts murdering people who get in his way.
"Supernova" = "Alien" + "Event Horizon" + a dash of "2001: A Space Odyssey" + a dash of "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.Read more ›
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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For me this was a great Sci-Fi flick it has all I look for and I found it to be real entertaining if you a Sci-Fi fan this is a must see.Published 3 months ago by Paul
La marchandise est en très bon état et je suit très satisfait merciPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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
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 morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 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. 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