Like Primer, this matches a high concept with a low budget and produces something memorable for fans of both science fiction and drama. It can also be quite funny at times.
If this expands into its own twisted universe, I will keep on tuning in because the concept is too intriguing, but I was certainly hoping for a bit more here.
Any way you look at this film, it is bold. The choices are striking and it will not be for everyone, but it will reward those with the patience and interest in a deep thinker that welcomes every chance to make them uncomfortable.
Everything on display is crafted with exquisite detail, giving it an incredibly high level of craftsmanship that is bound to reward viewers more and more with each viewing as the years pass.
The script instantly drops you into the action without exposition, an extremely effective tool that grips you from the opening shot and builds its narrative mystery outward.
You won’t find a lot of sci-fi thrillers that accomplish this much and leave you this satisfied in 90 minutes.
I think at the end of the day, the best word I could use to describe this is uneven.
With the array of jokes about alien genitals and anal probes, I’m sure plenty of people wrote this off as a one-note act, but it’s got a surprising amount of charm in its humor.
It’s great that something can function so well as satire and a standalone comedy in it’s own right, with a surprisingly affecting ending.
Carpenter created a masterful horror film that speaks to our inherent distrust of one another and our willingness to resort to violence when pressed into a confined, uncomfortable situation.
I wanted a fun, popcorn blockbuster in space and that’s exactly what I got.
Spielberg has always had a way with wowing an audience, and a lot of that dates back to this film, capturing the awe that I imagine we would all feel if we were ever able to confirm contact with an alien race.
There is no way around it, this is an episode of Black Mirror on the big screen. And it’s awesome.
A list of relatively unknown, obscure science fiction films since the year 2000.