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When the opening action sequence ends, you expect the film to back up or at least circle around eventually and tell us who these people are, and it never does.
It's a scrappy, unpretentious movie, with nicely calibrated pacing, but there's no logic, little motivation and above all, no personalities.
It may be time for everyone to agree that if you've seen one trapped-in-space-with-an-alien-presence movie, you've seen them all.
Sometimes an earnest, easily forgettable B-movie is just what you're looking for. But rarely do you feel like spending 12 bucks to see it - especially when that appears also to be the film's entire budget.
"Stranded" stops at being merely seriously dull and trite, rather than tipping into train-wreck silliness.
Slater is supposed to be incredulous about the existence of the alien threat, but he mostly seems incredulous about the script.
[Blu-ray Review] "Stranded" is far from the worst of its kind, but this is still pretty uninspired moviemaking with nothing original or different to separate it from the pack.
If you're looking for a low budget, greatest hits collection of some of the best science fiction of all time then I'm sure you'll love Stranded. That is if the filmmakers could even do blatant mimicry correctly.
Rote, declamatory representations of paranoia, fear, delusion and counter-attack get cycled through in this movie, whose title just describes how viewers will feel in its 88-minute grasp.
It's bad enough to have one film seemingly determined to sit down and nap between gore shots, but there's a promise made at the end of the feature that more time with this aimless material is near.
Alas, Stranded isn't a for-the-ages howler -- just a terminally stupid, monotonously unimaginative rehash of umpteen space-horror classics.
Stranded doesn't tell a story so much as just present a series of sequential events.
Derivative tripe, Stranded is a piece of garbage that's not even fit to air on the SyFy Channel. The acting is terrible and the sets look like they came from a cheap model kit. Additionally, the plot's little more than a bad knock-off of Alien. It's pathetic crap like this that gives sci-fi a bad name.
It's hard to find a great film that doesn't put its protagonist(s) up against a sufficient threat (be it physical or mental), and, until seeing 'Stranded' I didn't think it would be so easy to make what is initially a plausible danger into somewhat of a laughing stock.
Granted I don't love the film; but imagine you are halfway through 'John Carpenter's Thing' (Just far enough so you know what you're dealing with) and suddenly, out of nowhere, one of the parasitic life forms starts running on a treadmill with a cheesy grin on its face, sounds pretty dumb, right? Well, believe it or not, that's the moment I knew 'Stranded' was a mostly lost cause, I don't want to see an alien hitting the treadmill for a jog, I want to see it destroying people's faces.
As tempting as it is to point out all the dumb alien antics (look out for vacuum switchero moment) I can't deny that there were some positive aspects to the film; some of the visuals were pretty nice, and I appreciate the heavy use of practical effects, Slater does the best with what he's got (although everyone else doesn't), and, for about 25 minutes things are pretty exciting. Perhaps if the alien threat was postponed, maybe even eliminated things would of turned out a bit better. I can only wish that alien didn't go for a jog.
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