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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Scavengers (2013) Review

I’m sorry to report that I did not enjoy Scavengers. As a fan of old space and science fiction fare, this had the hallmarks of a Martian Chronicles lite and in a different locale. Unfortunately, aside for some pretty camera and CG work, the concept falls flat for a couple reasons. Its attempt to blood and splatter me back to interest along with a pretty, glowing artifact did not rope me back in despite some moderately erotic moments. Instead I was left to feel sour about each performance save for a few choice moments.

Synopsis from Image:

The starship Revelator’s crew of deep space scavengers have just discovered something…an alien artifact of mysterious, unimaginable power capable of threatening the balance of the known universe. Fiercely pursued by a rival crew of mercenary killers, who know what the life-altering device can do, the crew fights to protect not only the artifact’s missing pieces, but find themselves battling for their lives and the very future of the universe itself. 

Trailer:


Again, this movie looks good. Space looks great, and this is coming from a guy who abhors CG for the most part. The creators of Scavengers used their computers to positive end. I can say that the basic concept of an alien artifact of unknown origin plays well and is a concept for which the movie provides a somewhat interesting plot twist. It’s been done before though. This is not an original, breakout Science Fiction flick.

You know the concept could be fun, but if I don’t care about the characters either due to bad writing or poor performance I can’t be bothered with watching them die (unless of course there’s a great big rubber suit wearing monster attacking them). Perhaps fans of Jeremy London will get a kick out of seeing him in space. This is not the adrenaline filled space thriller it is being made out to be, but rather a slow moving dirge of a picture with moments of action to act as an alarm clock.

If you wanna take a chance on Scavengers is available now on DVD.



-Dr. TERROR

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