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Escape Velocity (1999)

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A psychotic spaceman takes over a deep-space observatory manned by a scientist, his wife, and teenage daughter.



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Complete credited cast:
Billie (Ronnie's mom)
Cal (captain of the Harbinger)
Lee Nash aka Carter
Michelle Beaudoin ...
Ronnie (Veronica)
Jansen (escaped con)
Pavel Bezdek ...
Lars (escaped con)
Russell aka the Priest
Emil Linka ...
Glenn (escaped con)
Gerard Whelan ...
Liam (escaped con)
Robert Russell ...
Mesa Verde warden
Mike McGuffie ...
Technician (Executioner)


A psychotic spaceman takes over a deep-space observatory manned by a scientist, his wife, and teenage daughter.

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In Deep Space, There's Lots of Time to Kill.


Action | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »





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14 October 2002 (UK)  »

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Antarsia sto diastima  »

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Very odd mix of good and bad stuff
9 January 2002 | by (Fremont, CA) – See all my reviews

Don't let the fact that this is set in a space station orbiting a star about to go nova fool you. This is a low tech story. Their ship is huge, but for no apparent purpose other than to provide a lot of corridors in which to play cat and mouse. The conflicts are solved with 1980's vintage firearms and in some cases a knife.

This movie bounces between some great parts and many that make absolutely no sense whatsover. I like the characters; the actors are excellent at making them work. But what kind of mom thinks its the right thing to do for a 16 year old daughter to get over her fathers death is to spend nearly two years in an isolated space station? No contact with anyone but her mom and stepdad-to-be. By the time a guy shows up the poor kid is so horny that she damn near mounts him even before he comes out of cryo-stasis! (This happens on her 18th birthday, which mom forgot about.)

The inevitable fight sequences is where the movie works best. Enjoy it for that and forget the rest.

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