Sunday, July 27, 2014

Supernova (2000)

Director: Walter Hill

Writers: William Malone, Daniel Chuba, David C. Wilson

Composer: David C. Williams

Starring: James Spader, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Lou Diamond Phillips, Peter Facinelli, Robin Tunney, Wilson Cruz, Eddy Rice Jr., Knox White, Kerrigan Mahan, Vanessa Marshall, Kevin Sizemore

More info: IMDb

Tagline: In the farthest reaches of space, something has gone terribly wrong.

Plot: Supernova chronicles the search and rescue patrol of a medical ship in deep space in the early 22nd century and its six-member crew which includes a Captain and Pilot, a co-pilot, a medical officer, a medical technician, a search and rescue paramedic, and a computer technician. When their vessel, the Nightingale 229, answers an emergency distress signal from a comet mining operation in a distant galaxy, the crew soon finds itself in danger from the mysterious young man they rescue, the alien artifact he's smuggled aboard, and the gravitational pull of a giant star about to supernova. The resulting explosion will be the most massive explosion in the universe.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

That Walter Hill directed this is all I needed to know.  Just check out the films he's directed and you'll know why.  I can't figure out why he was drawn to this.  There's nothing great about the story.  The special effects are fantastic, though.  The cast is fine I guess but they're wasted on a story that's not all that interesting. A ship answers a distress signal.  The guy who sent it is hiding something that he lies about once it's discovered. Then you find out what it does and the last half hour is that guy trying to get away with the ship while fighting the crew off.  Yawn.  If this were done in the 80s you might have something.  The special effects really are impressive and that's it.  Skip it.

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