Dark Star

1974

Dark Star

Critics Consensus

A loopy 2001 satire, Dark Star may not be the most consistent sci-fi comedy, but its portrayal of human eccentricity is a welcome addition to the genre.

79%

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Reviews Counted: 24

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User Ratings: 11,276

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Rotten: 0

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65%
Average Rating: 3.4/5

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John Carpenter directed this wigged-out spoof of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film originally began as a 45-minute U.S.C. student film project by Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon that was eventually expanded into a feature length production. The sstory takes place on the deep-space cruiser Dark Star, where a crew of laid-back astronauts are assigned the task of blowing up planets with unsuitable life forms in order to make the universe safe for the human race. The leader is Commander Powell (Joe Sanders), who is cryogenically frozen after being killed in a freak accident. Next in line is Doolittle (Brian Narelle) who tries to keep the rest of the crew in check. However, there is a lot of down time between planetary explosions and the tediousness is starting to get to everyone. However, after a series of accidents, a smart bomb --i.e. a bomb that can talk and think on its own-- does not detach itself from the ship as planned and will explode within 24 minutes unless it can be cajoled into disarming itself.

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Critic Reviews for Dark Star

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Audience Reviews for Dark Star

½

lame spoof

jay nixon
jay nixon

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I suppose it would have been entertaining for its time (despite Star Wars) and I did find it a slow but thoughtful and interesting piece. I can see the similarities between this and 2001 which is not a bad thing. It was well thought out and had some great comedy moments (intended or not). A good watch but not something you could view again and again.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

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½

Probably the best space satire featuring a crazed beach ball. Loved the ending.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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Carpenter's first movie is a dud! It's supposed to be a spoof of 2001, but it's even more boring, as the jokes are obvious and unfunny. I hated this movie, and I've been trying to sell my copy ever since!

Aj V
Aj V

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