[center][img]http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a392/thirdmaninyellow/Misc/laserhawk.jpg[/img] [/center] [font=Courier New][i] Laserhawk[/i] is the kind of straight-to-video movie that feels like it is going to work and you are going to enjoy yourself. And that statement is almost entirely true for me. Jean Pellerin?s [i]Laserhawk[/i] might not have an A-list collection of celebrities, nor a good enough budget to supply itself with convincing special effects. But it did manage to create a story that was very engaging, and a lot of fun. But then something bad happened.
Zach Raymond (Jason James Richter) isn?t on the public?s good list after he performed a U.F.O. hoax. This stunt however did catch the interest of Cara (Melissa Galianos), who is sort of the high school outcast. Things get complicated when actual aliens do invade Earth. Their first strike is on a school bus carrying jocks and cheerleaders. The ship the aliens arrive in is similar to the one that Zach created for his hoax. And it is also the same design used for a popular comic book series by M.K. Ultra (Gordon Currie). After visiting with M.K., the two teens discover the inspiration for the comic book series came from the stories of a institutionalized man named Bob (Mark Hamill). And it turns out he is actually an alien sent to protect the human race from being turned into food for the invading menace.
Like I said, the movie does contain a pretty interesting story and carries it through a nicely paced film. Richter was enjoyable to watch, and held the movie together. I wish they would have given Galianos better lines to say, but I did feel she paired up nicely with Richter. Currie?s performance was a little over the top, and I did feel like his character could have been kept to a minimum. Hamill was, as always, a blast to watch. But as usual, his appearance in the film is strictly for nostalgia purposes.
The ?something bad? I referred to at the beginning of this review was the film?s ending. Have you ever seen [i]Independence Day[/i]? Well if you have, do you remember how that movie ended? If you remember that, then you already know how [i]Laserhawk[/i] ends. Except for a few minor changes? there is no computer virus involved in this film? [i]Laserhawk[/i]?s ending is a shot for shot remake of [i]Independence Day[/i]?s finale.
I guess it might seem a little harsh that I would fail this movie for that fact. But with the film?s excellent pacing, and its ability to keep me entertained, I expected something more out of the ending. But alas, there is some fun to be had with[i] Laserhawk[/i]. It was a fun discovery, and despite its failing grade I did like a lot of the film, and can see myself watching it again sometime in the future.[/font]
[left][font=Courier New][size=2]I'm not someone who was very familiar with the [i]Subspecies[/i] series from Full Moon Entertainment, but it was recommended to me by a friend. I meant to watch all of the films in this series back to back, but I kind of got sidetracked over the past couple of weeks. So I'm going to try to pick up the pace and finish this box-set. I was surprised at how much I liked the first [i]Subspecies[/i], and even more surprised at how much I thought [i]Subspecies II: Bloodstone[/i] was an even better movie.
What I enjoyed about the first film was the atmosphere. And once again writer/director Ted Nicolaou nails it perfectly in this sequel, which is more like [i]Halloween II[/i] in which it is a continuation of the same night where the last film took place. I liked that instead of all new characters, we still hold onto the same cast of characters and get to see where they go from where the first film ended.
I liked Denice Duff as Michelle a lot more than I did Laura Mae Tate, who played her in the first film. I felt that Duff was able to create a more believable performance, and I finally cared about what was going to happen to this character. Plus the character developed rather nicely with her coming to terms with her vampirism.
Anders Hove does a much better job in [i]Bloodstone[/i] than he did before. Sure Radu still has that annoying raspy voice, but in this film he was easier to understand, and it added that perfect level of creepiness to him. Plus he still maintained that great physical performance that I really loved in the first film.
Some new elements to the film worked just as well as the returning ones. Michelle's sister Rebecca (Melanie Shatner) was a well rounded character, and portrayed wonderfully by Shatner. Radu's mother, which [b]IMDB[/b] lists as Mummy, was an amazing feet of special effects. One of the creepiest looking monsters ever to appear in a movie. And Pamela Gordon, much like Hove, gave a great physical performance as well as her acting in the role.
Most of the music in Full Moon's films are excellent soundtracks, but I was particularly enthralled by the music in[i] Bloodstone[/i]. This was among the best music I have heard from this studio. Also the movie has a great mix of humor thrown into the film so that it isn't too serious of a movie. When I thought that [i]Subspecies[/i] was a surprisingly well made horror film, I never expected its sequel to surprise me even more.[/size][/font] [/left] [/center]