|Dennis Quaid searches for the agent who gave him such bad|
2) It's nice to see that the Crawlers from The Descent have survived well into the future.
3) No, really. This film owes so much to Neil Marshall's cave-dwelling opus that director Christian Alvart should be writing Neil some checks for co-writing the damn thing. There are some scenes--like the one where Ben Foster's Bower and Antje Trau's Nadia have to hide in a pool where the Crawler-like thingies throw their discards--which are direct lifts.
4) Norman Reedus is the Antonio Fargus of our time, even if his character bites off of one from Neil Marshall's Doomsday. No pun intended.
5) I didn't realize that Antje Trau was German until I realized the film was a German/American co-production. I honestly thought she was an Australian with a weird voice.
6) Perhaps the biggest thing going for Ben Foster as an actor is his ability to look like anyone he needs to. I didn't connect him to the Stranger in 30 Days of Night or the Angel in X3 until I called up his imdb page. The fact that he was naggingly familiar but not readily so actually helped with the veracity of the film's world.
|"Aren't you supposed to be in a cave somewhere?"|
7) I like how that, even though these creatures sleep under a honking big, presumably nuclear reactor, the script ascribed their generation to good ol' fashion genetics gone wild.
8) Maybe it's just because I've watched far, far too many movies of this type, but two of the major beats in the film--including a massive one concerning the identity of the main antagonist--are telegraphed far, far too early and can be pieced together by the audience far, far too easily.
9) I do like how the film teases that both of its leads suffer from Pandorum, a psychological disorder related to the effects of 'hypersleep,' which throws into doubt everything we learn from both Quaid's Payton and Foster's Bower in the first act. Likewise the fact that extended hypersleep supposedly causes the sleeper to experience massive memory loss. Granted, once one of the aforementioned beats gives the identity of the antagonist away, this aspect is lost completely.
10) There is something very refreshing about a film that's unapologetic in its R Rated-ness in this world of PG-13 horror.
In short. while I more than appreciated the fact that this film wasn't afraid of appealing to adults as opposed to the teenagers of the world, it is rather flawed. The derivative nature of the story does interfere with the flow, and Alvart needs to learn more about concealing your plot twists. But still...it's another science fiction film that's not a remake or a franchise, and there's something to be said about that.
This, by the way, was the first time I've been in the Lowes Village 7 for some time, and I was pleasantly surprised. In an effort to attract matinee audiences, the theater has instituted a '$6 Morning' policy of charging six bucks for any show that starts before noon, actually seems to put the trailers that make sense before the movie (Oh, and the people who are remade The Stepfather? Terry O'Quinn and Donald Westlake should take turns kicking your ass...), and have an actual Classic Movies Program on Sundays! Check them out.