I had to check several times that it really was made in 1989 as Gerry Anderson did better special effects backs in the 1960's on his puppet shows, let alone many of the other sci fi films made before it in the 1980's. Ok so the budget was very obviously tiny, but even so that is no excuse for the rubbish camera work and using sets which make the models look like models being filmed on a set which is itself a model set. Sense of scale is vastly lacking !
The script is dire and the acting is beyond wooden. No attempt is made to react "normally" to the various plot lines. My comrade has just died, the ship to get me home has vanished, I know I'll erect a blow up tent I just so happen to have with me and have sex (not shown of course!!!!) with the token female cast member because that is exactly what you do when you have just met someone from an extra terrestrial civilisation for the first time. At least Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind realised they didn't have the budget to try to answer "what happened next" and so left you wanting more. Moontrap doesn't even try, it just jumps from silly set piece to set piece and finishes with a ludicrous dinner date discussing "falling stars". I ask you!.
One I'll never watch again and on my death bed will be able to confirm: when did I waste 90 minutes of my life!
I can understand some people regarding it as a cult film but to me it has not stood the test of time and Chekov fails abysmally to show any acting ability.
Not without humor you can have some entertainment watching Bruce swagger as a cocky pilot and Koenig as a humble space captain. Very hard to rate as i found it watchable but the majority will find little to hang on to.
This was actually a decent movie that has some sweet model sets that look good and a fun story.
Walter Koenig and Bruce Campbell were good.