The Relic Reviews

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Jan 11, 2020

    There's a monster on the loose in the sub-basement of the Field Museum in Chicago. Is there going to be people wandering around alone in dark hallways in what should be a well lit museum whispering "is anybody there?" Yep. Going to be shots so dark that you can't see what happens? You bet. What about gore, will there be any gore? C'mon, you know it. Quick editing to move things along? Yes. What about victims you want to see gored? Naturally. All in all, not a bad monster film.

    There's a monster on the loose in the sub-basement of the Field Museum in Chicago. Is there going to be people wandering around alone in dark hallways in what should be a well lit museum whispering "is anybody there?" Yep. Going to be shots so dark that you can't see what happens? You bet. What about gore, will there be any gore? C'mon, you know it. Quick editing to move things along? Yes. What about victims you want to see gored? Naturally. All in all, not a bad monster film.

  • Aug 10, 2019

    Standard monster on the loose fare with a clever enough plot and good enough acting to be enjoyable.

    Standard monster on the loose fare with a clever enough plot and good enough acting to be enjoyable.

  • Jun 05, 2019

    Underappreciated 90s science fiction/horror. It may not be a masterpiece but it gets the job done.

    Underappreciated 90s science fiction/horror. It may not be a masterpiece but it gets the job done.

  • Feb 25, 2019

    Awesome little monster movie. I have no idea how this wasn't bigger when it came out. It's a cool concept, with a different kind of monster in a claustrophobic setting. Impressive effects for when it came out.

    Awesome little monster movie. I have no idea how this wasn't bigger when it came out. It's a cool concept, with a different kind of monster in a claustrophobic setting. Impressive effects for when it came out.

  • Feb 10, 2019

    The Relic. The Ciler the better, and this is pretty silly.

    The Relic. The Ciler the better, and this is pretty silly.

  • Oct 30, 2018

    Look. It isn't exactly Jaws or Aliens. But It is way better then most horror flicks of recent days. And remember so many of the critics are reviewing it 20 years after it came out and basing their comments like 'it is totally derivative' and the fact they are seeing it after 20 years of B movies have made this type of movie insanely cliche. But at the time it was a serious risk, and the reviews at the time it came out were not nearly as bad as they are twenty years later. If all you are is some snob who thinks by predicting the end of a story that makes you smart or something, then you don't know storytelling. All stories follow predictable structures, even Aliens and Jaws. Yes some of it is clichc, especially now. No it isn't some modern day film where the trend is to out psycho each other out and try to present something as demented as possible. If you are into horrors for entertainment rides, not gore fests it isn't that bad a movie, There are enough ideas that were original at the time to make it work. Of course in today's anti science world, where climate change is taken with the same seriousness as pro wrestling, than for some, any science in a movie, means they hate it It doesn't mean the science possible, but neither was the science possible in Jaws, or Aliens, but it is at least based on some ideas of science. Most people now are totally into Arks and likely will give this movie a bad review simple because it talks about DNA and evolution. That seems to be about the same number of people who think climate change is fake. Go figure.

    Look. It isn't exactly Jaws or Aliens. But It is way better then most horror flicks of recent days. And remember so many of the critics are reviewing it 20 years after it came out and basing their comments like 'it is totally derivative' and the fact they are seeing it after 20 years of B movies have made this type of movie insanely cliche. But at the time it was a serious risk, and the reviews at the time it came out were not nearly as bad as they are twenty years later. If all you are is some snob who thinks by predicting the end of a story that makes you smart or something, then you don't know storytelling. All stories follow predictable structures, even Aliens and Jaws. Yes some of it is clichc, especially now. No it isn't some modern day film where the trend is to out psycho each other out and try to present something as demented as possible. If you are into horrors for entertainment rides, not gore fests it isn't that bad a movie, There are enough ideas that were original at the time to make it work. Of course in today's anti science world, where climate change is taken with the same seriousness as pro wrestling, than for some, any science in a movie, means they hate it It doesn't mean the science possible, but neither was the science possible in Jaws, or Aliens, but it is at least based on some ideas of science. Most people now are totally into Arks and likely will give this movie a bad review simple because it talks about DNA and evolution. That seems to be about the same number of people who think climate change is fake. Go figure.

  • May 22, 2018

    Watch it again on BBC IPLAYER I most have watch it about 10 times in my lifetime.

    Watch it again on BBC IPLAYER I most have watch it about 10 times in my lifetime.

  • Feb 15, 2018

    Removing Pendergast from the movie was the first mistake. The second was keeping the pacing too slow for such a darkly filmed movie.

    Removing Pendergast from the movie was the first mistake. The second was keeping the pacing too slow for such a darkly filmed movie.

  • Feb 07, 2018

    A dreadful movie. Cashing in on the success of the X-FILES and making a sub-par ripoff of an X-FILE with better special effects.

    A dreadful movie. Cashing in on the success of the X-FILES and making a sub-par ripoff of an X-FILE with better special effects.

  • Jan 13, 2018

    Pretty straight forward monster movie.....of sorts. Nothing too flashy but I enjoyed it. The book is also pretty solid.

    Pretty straight forward monster movie.....of sorts. Nothing too flashy but I enjoyed it. The book is also pretty solid.