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I enjoy cheesy 80's science fiction-esque films, and don't demand anything more then a fun vibe from them, but this film isn't all that fun, and feels cheap. Characters and their relationships are developed poorly at the film's start, they form as they do without much explanation. In an effort to find a science project to pass his class, a boy finds a gizmo in a junkyard that causes disruptions in the time continuum and leads to havoc and his science teacher disappearing. Dennis Hopper as the teacher is fairly amusing in some moments (but he's enjoyable in anything), and Fisher Stevens as the slick oddball friend of the main character delivers an overload of bad wise-cracks throughout the film, which oddly and kind of unfortunately, becomes one of the more enjoyable aspects. The rest is a display of potential going down the drain. The film cheaply avoids locations and makes the time disruption take place in the high school, where Vietnam soldiers, aliens, warriors, etc. come out. Nice special effects and prod. design here, but its just encounter after encounter with the high schoolers taking them out with weapons one after one. It's not exciting at all really, and feels restricted with little else to do. If time travel was involved, sure, but restricted to a high school, there's nothing to do, and the film falters. By the end, its disappointing with little to attain from it. It has it's 80's charms here and there, but with many science comedy offerings out around the same time period that were far better like Weird Science, I can't recommend this at all. Forgettable.
Can't say it didn't need to be made. Sam Neill is fine, but the film is a dull bore. Compared with what the last two films did, Omen III may conclude the story fairly, but offers little of anything interesting that hasn't been done already throughout its runtime, lacking enough edge or thrills to carry the film.
A bunch of foul-mouthed orphan kids trying to break out for their own freedom, and to save their friend who's been adopted by a scummy American rich family. At its core, this film could've been a really funny crude film, instead, its just downright crude and mean spirited. Any attempts at comedy really don't work that well. There's nothing pleasant in this movie, just a bunch of wild antics, some which are funny and are comical exaggerations of reality, such as kids being overly foulmouthed and educated in adult content, and the idea of American rich people being careless idiots ruled by greed and lack of humanity. I enjoyed the film for what did work, which was a story and concept that's fun, it just gets buried often by the things that don't work as a result of some weak writing and poor direction, resulting in an unbalanced film.
Timerider has a motorcyclist accidentally ride through an area used for a time transfer experiment, landing himself in the 19th century western times in New Mexico. Sounds great as an 80's concept, except the character Lyle Swan is rather stale, relies on jokes that adhere to him being from another time, and just facing off against a bunch of Western baddies. It has its charm in a few places, but the film definitely does not live up to the potential of its core idea. It gets 2 stars not necessarily because its really bad, but because it lacks excitement and isn't a fun as it should've been.