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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.
Mr. Slater, the only real name on view, looks embarrassed to be slumming in something so cheesy. But I liked the simplicity of the narrative structure and the lack of extraneous background information you get among most movie flight crews.
Audience Reviews for Stranded
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.
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.
Astronauts are some of the most intelligent people in the history of human civilization who are psychologically screened and trained incredibly well to foresee and competently handle a variety of possible crises and disasters. Of course when something like the International Space Station costs over $100 Billion, you'd need to make damn sure it's in good hands.
So you can quickly spot shitty sci-fi when all the astronauts are complete bumblings idiots and emotional unstable dramawhores who catastrophically fumble the most simple and basic of tasks.
Yep. This is another one of those. And it delivers garbage writing in spades. Avoid at all costs.
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