Release Date: October 21st, 2005 by Universal Pictures.
The Cast: Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Deobia Oparei, Ben Daniels, Razaaq Adoti, Richard Brake, Al Weaver, Dexter Fletcher, Brian Steele, The Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson).
Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak.
BASIC PREMISE: Marines investigate what went wrong in space station.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This ultra-violent film has plenty of action and bloody gore, but its plot wears thin very fast. Initially, it seems like a zombie movie when dead people suddenly come alive intending to kill. However, it quickly turns into a strictly sci-fi movie when alien-like creatures sneak up and attack. The visual effects make up for the lack of character development and mediocre acting—especially by The Rock. There’s a few chilling sequences in a dark passageway, but you never end up caring about whether any of the marines will live or die. In one impressively-shot sequence, the camera is in the point-of-view of the shooter while he kills the evil creatures that attack him like in a video game—which is precisely what this movie is based on. The Rock looks strong and tough as usual, but there’s not much for him to do other than to protect his team. At least there’s enough stylish visuals and a fast pace to hold your attention to some degree, but, unfortunately, the plot becomes redundant and boring.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: A wafer-thin, redundant plot and no character development.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 2
THE BOTTOM LINE: An action-packed movie with plenty graphic violence and stylish special-effects to please sci-fi/action movie fans, but not enough originality in the plot to make it enjoyable for everyone else.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: True fans of The Rock and sci-fi/action movies- Movie Theater (1st Run)
Everyone else- TV
The "D" Menu