When the crew of an American tugboat boards an abandoned Russian research vessel, the alien life form aboard regards them as a virus which must be destroyed.

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When a typhoon cripples their boat, the crew sails into the eye of the storm, where they discover a high-tech Russian communications and research vessel adrift. Only one Russian crew member is still alive, raving about "intelligent lightning." They soon discover that an alien life form has taken over the ship's computers and is churning out mechanical warriors. With their own boat destroyed, the crew must battle the creature as the ship reenters the storm. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,013,640 (USA) (15 January 1999)

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$14,010,690 (USA) (12 March 1999)
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The ship used for this movie's setting was the ex-USAFS Hoyt S. Vandenberg. At the time of filming the ship had been decommissioned since the mid-80's and mothballed in the James River Reserve Fleet, Virginia. May 27, 2009, she was sunk outside Key West, Florida, USA to serve as an artificial reef and for recreational diving. She still had the Russian name on her from the movie as she went down. See more »

Goofs

The anchor chains of large ships are secured to a bulkhead or deck in the chain locker. The attachment is not, however, intended to restrain the chain should it run free as is shown when the ship's anchor is dropped through the tug. The end of the chain should have brought debris from its tearing free from its attachment. Also, the length of chain should have been far, far longer; typically about 1,000 feet. See more »

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Hiko: Touch it again, I'll cut your hands off.
Richie.: I can respect that.
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I liked it anyway
23 August 1999 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

I've heard people trash this movie left and right yet I found that it kept my attention for the duration of it's running time and all the technical aspects were top-notch (especially Tippett Studio's CGI realization of Goliath). The characters weren't great and weren't bad either. Sure, we've seen it all before in other films but I have little hope of finding a film that's completely original. Frankly, I got about what I expected out of it

  • motion picture fastfood. You enjoy it as you take it in and digest it and


forget about it after you leave the theater. It's just entertainment and not bad for what it is. Unlike LOST IN SPACE or BATMAN AND ROBIN, this film isn't boring. It moves at a quick enough pace to where you don't find yourself checking your watch all the time. I'm not sure what the deal was with Donald Sutherland's character who displays no sense of logic whatsoever. Had they dropped the stuff with his character, it would've helped the film. If you're bored, check it out. It's worth at least one viewing.


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