Friday, June 28, 2013

Alien Hunter (2003)

Director: Ron Krauss

Starring: James Spader, Janine Eser, John Lynch, Nikolai Binev, Leslie Stefanson, Aimee Graham, Stuart Charno, Carl Lewis, Svetia Vasileva

More info: IMDb

Tagline: At the ends of the Earth, it's the end of the world...

Plot: In 1947, in New Mexico, a radio operator receives a signal following patterns and while investigating the occurrence, he vanishes. In the present days, the same signal is transmitted from a base in the Falkland Islands to United States of America, and a satellite captures images of a unknown object in Antarctic. The cryptologist Julien Rome (James Spader) is invited to investigate the mystery in the South Pole, and he flies to a research base. While a team tries to open a weird shell probably from the outer space, Julien solves the message, indeed a distress signal ordering not to open the case.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Not a bad flick.  The cover blows but I picked it up for pennies at the flea market so I figured I'd give it a shot.  The last half hour gets a little ridiculous but I liked the ending and I liked the special effects for when they walk outside into the snow.  There are times when it feels like other movies (they're definitely stealing bits here and there) like THE THING (1982) and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977) but they've made it their own and it mostly works except for some drag-y bits.  There's lots of tech jargon babble trying to make the "science" sound impressive but that's to be expected in low budget, direct to video/TV movie sci-fi films but what's not expected is liking it, and I did.

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