Unknown Origin (1995)

Unknown Origin


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A team of scientists (led by Roddy McDowall and Melanie Shatner, daughter of William Shatner) battle a mind-controlling, 4-million-year-old monster 10,000 feet under the ocean. Once aboard the ship, the alien intruder begins taking control of crewmembers' brains. Before long, it becomes impossible to tell whom the creature controls and who remains untouched. …

Rating: R
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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On DVD: May 11, 2004



as Jedidiah Picket

as Dr. Henry Lazarus

as Catherine Harding

as Louis
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September 23, 2005
International Press Academy

April 7, 2004
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Full Review… | January 31, 2003

Audience Reviews for Unknown Origin

"I mean, what if we're up against the flying purple people eater from hell here. Maybe fire heals it instead of hurts it or what if it eats bullets like we eat after dinner mints?"

If only all of the dialog was this great. But alas it isn't. This movie is quite the rip off. No joke, everything in this movie is from something else. There isn't one original thought, idea, or spin on an idea that wasn't done by another movie before this. I think it was meant to be a celebration of the writer's favorite films but it fails so miserably that it's hard to not be somewhat disappointed. That said, there is some strange power of attraction to it. Which would explain why I've seen this movie 3 times now.

It goes like this. In the distant future of 2020 we've pretty much screwed up the planet. Big ass companies are venturing out under the waves to setup lucrative investment opportunities. An undersea mining operation is sent to investigate a distress call sent by, who else, the Russians. Once they get there they find out that something very odd is going on. [insert default creature movie plot here] The end.

This movie has some redeeming qualities, which is probably why I've seen it so many times now. It was produced by Roger Corman. It has fun characters. Like Roddy Mc I'veBeenInEverythingDowall as the Dr. from Lost in Space wannabe. Don Stroud plays a eye twitching muscle man who could be strait out of the WWF. Richard Biggs plays his Babylon 5 character only in a different uniform, and someone threw William Shatner's daughter a bone too. Roger Halston plays the character we can all relate to the most. A laid back, take life as it comes, drug addled communications officer who spends his time watching movies and head banging to metal when he should be working. With their powers combined they become Captain Planet ... wait ... that's not right. With their powers combined they become ... slightly watchable.

Some funny things to look for when you're watching this are ...
1. The emergency medicine that the Dr. tries to give to the weight lifter chick is nothing more than a glow stick.
2. Them setting fire to a room in the compound, and then walking away like it's no big deal. It's a hermetically sealed environment knuckleheads.
3. The rain coming from the ceiling in the underground mine.
4. The sheer number of shameless references to The Thing and Alien.
5. The flying mouth grapnel insect aliens who make excellent use of the "vorpal bunny" camera angle.
6. The opening shot of the conference room conversation that needlessly keeps taking laps around the room.
7. Shatner's daughter!

This made for TV schlockfest is pretty bad. But for some "unknown" reason. I like it. I say rent it from Netflix and call your friends over.

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