Sputnik

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Effective space alien horror with a Soviet-era twist, Sputnik proves there are still some scary good sci-fi thrillers left in the galaxy.

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Summoned to a secluded research facility, a controversial young doctor examines a cosmonaut who returned to Earth with an alien parasite inside of him.

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  • Oct 21, 2020
    If you watched the excellent "Life" sci-fi horror thriller, this is its spiritual sequel. A cosmonaut returns with an alien life form in this slow-burn Russian export.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2020
    Slow moving Russian tale about a cosmonaut that returns from space with an alien parasite living inside of him...one that the government thinks it can weaponize. In the meantime, the host is slowing dying. It took me awhile to get through the thing as its got a lot of soap opera style talky exposition and is somehow low on the action quotient. Yawn.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2020
    Like a lot of these kinds of thrillers the most obvious reference point is "Alien" however "Sputnik" finds some unique ways to shake up that movie's plot structure. Also, for the first time in a long while, the creature design matches the great concept.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2020
    The sci-fi, creature feature is normally cornered by the American market so it's encouraging to see a Russian take on things which adds a new level to low-cost B-movie making. Egor Abramenko's Sputnik starts very strongly and manages to maintain the intrigue and intensity for the majority of its running time. It's clever enough to know that taking its time and building the tension moment from moment is the best way to hold your attention. And it works. It's a solid sci-fi/horror that benefits from a strong story, engaging performances and impressive production value. It's just a shame, that in the final 20mins, it abandons it's methodical approach and the characters' motivations became silly and contrived. Despite this unfortunate unravelling, however, there's still much to recommend it.
    Mark W Super Reviewer

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