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Caterina Scorsone plays Alice with a nice balance of determination, skepticism, and open-mindedness.
In pursuit of political correctness we get an Alice who beats up a knife-toting pirate after first warning him, "Don't even think about it, buddy!"
You're left with a woman whose main quest is unsuccessful, and a movie that's glum, long and devoid of any sense of wonder.
Once the situation is explained and we have met most of the major characters, the story becomes increasingly engaging.
If there's one thing you can count on SyFy for, it's cheesy made-for-TV movies and miniseries events that try to hide that cheese under several layers of affected darkness.
Despite these diversions and whiz-bang special effects, the movie drags at times.
It's been quite apparent for some time that the folks in Hollywood are out of new ideas and have to rehash the classics, but if you're going to do that, you should at least keep the elements that made the original so great in the first place.
More's the pity that it ends up feeling pointless and empty and humorless, for it starts off rather intriguing.
What ultimately sinks Alice is that it is too normal.
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