Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lifepod (1993)

Director: Ron Silver

Writers: Jay Roach, Pen Densham, Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Sylvester

Composer: Mark Mancina

Starring: Robert Loggia, Jessica Tuck, Stan Shaw, Adam Storke, Kelli Williams, Ed Gale, CCH Pounder, Ron Silver, Lisa Waltz, Sam Whipple, Cork Hubbert, John Mahon, Pat Destro

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A futuristic retelling of the classic Hitchcock film "Lifeboat"

Plot: Lifepod chronicles the trip of eight passengers after the ship they were traveling on blew up on Christmas Eve. Immediately people start dying. The passengers begin to investigate why the ship blew up and how it relates to them.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

It's not that bad, really.  It's obvious with the actors who has more experience than others.  Ron Silver does a good job (I should hope so, he also directed it).  It was his name and Loggia's that got me to watch it.  It was neat seeing CCH Pounder.  I recognized Stan Shaw from HARLEM NIGHTS (1989) but couldn't place him until the picture was over.  It's a TV movie so the running time has to fit a certain schedule.  There's too much time spent in the beginning with the ship exploding and everyone doing what they can, eventually ending up on the pod.  Once that happens is a by-the-numbers picture with the usual stereotypes we're used to seeing.  Everything's moving along pretty slowly until something happens with one character that changes everything.  Then folks start dying and some stay dead.  THAT was nice.  I really dug it.  But that's the best part of the movie.  I'm glad it happened but it was almost a case of too little, too late.  In the end, I just wanted to see Hitchcock's LIFEBOAT (1944) instead. 

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