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Screamers

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Cmdr. Joe Hendricksson (Peter Weller) and new recruit Ace Jefferson (Andy Lauer) set out across the surface of Sirius 6B, where they hope to settle a violent labor dispute at a remote mining outpost. After going too far to turn back, they find the desert riddled with deadly Autonomous Mobile Swords, or "Screamers." Created to protect the mines, these burrowing weapons have learned to replicate themselves. To make matters worse, recent generations of Screamers can assume humanoid form.

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Critic Reviews for Screamers

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (26)

  • The ensuing Darwinian struggle combines space opera skirmishes and Cold War paranoia - although the characters' dialogue involves the kind of tough guy/gal posturing overfamiliar from the sort of '80s action movie this was in fact supposed to be.

    May 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Based on a short story by the great nutball sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, Screamers is more like a high-pitched rip-off of Alien.

    July 6, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • A fun, fast-paced futuristic thriller with enough jolts per frame to keep even the most impatient action fan happy.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Brendan Kelly

    Variety
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  • The design and effects teams have lent scale and impact to the futuristic locations and sets. If only Duguay's flashy, aimless direction had succeeded in filling these barren wastes and antiseptic interiors with something resembling human life.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • Until it succumbs to one cliche too many, Screamers, which was directed by Christian Duguay, does an efficient job of generating a stomach-knotting tension.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/4
  • There's nothing exhilarating or enjoyable in any of this.

    February 13, 2001 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Screamers

  • Oct 25, 2018
    Unfortunately, not quite the movie I remember it being when I was a kid. Not bad, even worth watching, especially for Peter Weller, but I think I had made a better version of it in my head in the twenty years since the last time I watched it, so this re-visit was a little disappointing.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2011
    Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, Screamers is a visionary science fiction thriller. In this adaptation set in the distant future, a group of abandoned soldiers on a mining planet have to fend off autonomous killing machines called Screamers that have evolved into human form. The film stars Peter Weller, who gives a very strong performance that elevates the material. However, the script is rather weak and relies too much on exposition. Additionally, the special effects are poorly done and distract from the film. Yet, the strength of the material comes through and creates a compelling story with themes of paranoia and military industrialism. Screamers is a flawed film, but the concepts are intriguing and the action's pretty good.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2009
    So Distraught in it's own vien attempt of a Thrilling, Out-of-this world Sci-Fi extraveganzsa, that it slightly entertained, and had a plot so loose and disfigured, I felt inclined to ask who ever wrote it, to stiop writing Screenplays.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2008
    Based on a <i>Phillip K. Dick</i> story, this movie delivers, but suffers because of the apparently tight budget. The special effects feel fated when watched today, but they are not too bad. <i>Peter Weller</i> is as usual decent enough in the lead and the rest of the actors left rather much to wish for though. A sappy ending lowers the grade a notch, but this is still worth watching.
    Steven V Super Reviewer

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