(movienut) from BLOOMINGTON, MN
Reviewed on 5/20/2012...
Supernova...ummm...no. James Spader and Angela Basset do all they can to save this space wreck but it just isn't very good. Special effects are OK but the characters sure do a lot of running around in an attempt to distract the viewer from the ridiculous script and the fact that the laws of physics apparently don't apply in this particular sector of the universe.
I love good Sci-Fi as much as anyone. It's one of my favorite genres. Give me a story that sets up an intricate, logical alternate world scenario and then plays by the rules it has created and gives you something interesting to think about. I'll watch them all day long. Bring 'em on. But this one? The captain's medical pod decision?, the 9th Dimension? Really?
I can just hear the director saying "Why not? You see we need the plot to go in this particular direction and I know it doesn't make any sense but no worries - it's Sci-Fi. We'll just explain it away using a term like the 9th dimension (yes really) and move on. See we don't have that in our solar system but out here they do! Cool huh?"
Look I can suspend my disbelief to a certain extent when watching Sci-Fi, just go with it and enjoy the ride. But sorry...I can't check my entire brain at the door. This mess just didn't make any sense. The characters made too many ridiculous decisions.
Nowhere near good enough to want to watch again and nowhere near bad enough to sit around with a couple of friends/beers to poke fun at. Sorry...a swing and a miss. Just...meh...
This has been a MovieNut "no spoilers" quick review.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 9/27/2009...
I don't think it was 'that bad' either. Pluses: Angela Bassett, James Spader & Robert Forster are always worth watching; the score was outstanding; the special effects were beautiful. This movie really gave me the feeling that I was in a tiny tin can somewhere in cold, cold outer space. Minus (and it's a big one): The corny plot, just another version of Ten Little Indians where the only suspense is the order which each redshirt (except they're blue) will be killed off.
The version I saw was rated R, I suppose for nudity, but it was beautifully photographed, not pornishly graphic in any way, and actually quite pretty to see. I wouldn't think it worth an R, and I don't think it's something I'd keep a kid from seeing. Overall, I thought the movie was worth watching for mood, music & Bassett, in that order. Not a keeper, perhaps, but hardly a waste of time either.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
(longslide10) from CALHOUN, GA
Reviewed on 8/6/2008...
I guess I must be a "die-hard sci-fi fan". I didn't think this movie was that bad. James Spader as the no-nonsense, ex-addict reluctantly assuming command after the captain is killed. Angela Bassett - well, no deep-space rescue mission would be complete without Angela Bassett. Robin Tunney does well as the sweet but loose space tramp. I wouldn't give it five stars but for us, and you know who you are, it's worth an hour and a half.
5 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.