A decent movie with a terrible ending. So save yourself from the end if you can. Mysteriously, a lost Viking probe comes back to Earth and lands in the desert. The space probe is immediately take to a nearby military complex where two scientist proceed to its study before the military arrives. It seems that the probe actually came back from Mars, but, who is sending it? The story starts acceptably good. The cast is small but fairly efficient and the characters, both the scientists and the soldiers, are fairly realistic and likable. The movie, despite some little flaws and mistakes, has an intelligent script and is moderately entertaining. Near the end, with a bunch of interesting questions open, the movie finishes. Just like that. Producers run out of budget and secondary character, a nobody in the movie, tries to explain what happened, while some found footage is played, awful.
This is my little contribution. There is a good review in the Unknown Movies page (that I have nothing to do with), in the following link:
It is cheaply made, but the money was enough to fill it with stupidity. After a writen introduction, two rebel agents are breaking into some building... it seems they are looking for some valuable piece of information... but they are just looking for a way of getting the guy into Prison Planet to find the old king of an opressed planet; the old king is key to help rebelion free the opressed planet, or something like that because is not very clear. From there they move to Prison Planet and start a sucession of clumsy dialogues, awful performances, pleanty of mistakes, and a terrible screenplay. The action that takes place does not make sense, just as the Prison Planet itself, and it just seems to be an excuse for very cheap-cheese action shoots.
This is a silly movie, but a very original one; even being silly is smart! If you don't mind silly and giggle, Dick is well scripted and it becomes a fun rollercoaster after the first third of the movie. This is a hillarious rewriting of the Watergate "business" with two teenager best friends having a key role that I won't reveal here. It also features more than decent performances from its cast: Dunst and Williams shine, but also Ferrel and Hedaya as Nixon will keep most viewers entertained. I'd also like to mention the custome desing and the soundtrack, that add a very fresh and beliable feel to the movie. And the ending is just plain awesome.