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Xenogenesis (1978)

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A woman and an engineered man are sent in a gigantic sentient starship to search space for a place to start a new life cycle. Raj decides to take a look around the ship. He comes across a gigantic robotic cleaner. Combat ensues.

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A woman and an engineered man are sent in a gigantic sentient starship to search space for a place to start a new life cycle. Raj decides to take a look around the ship. He comes across a gigantic robotic cleaner. Combat ensues.

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This is the first film directed by James Cameron and was financed by a group of Californian dentists looking for a quick tax write-off. Cameron co-wrote and co-directed it to being able to enter the world of cinema. This happened when he was discovered by Roger Corman. Cameron began as a special-effects supervisor. See more »

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Themes of James Cameron in 12 minutes
31 March 2006 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Xenogenesis is a student film by James Cameron, later in his career known of the Terminator movies and of course Titanic. It's only 12 minutes long and after rather nifty opening narration we get about 10 minutes worth of battling robots.

It's rather easy to see, that Cameron is a trained special effects maker as the robots and settings do look rather good despite of the obvious small budget. But as it is special effects don't make up the fact, that there isn't actually much of a plot or purpose in the film other than to test out some film tricks.

For James Cameron fans Xenogeniesis is rather interesting treat and a showcase of where he did depart. What is more interesting is the fact, that Cameron hasn't changed much as storyteller: the themes of Xenogenesis are pretty similar to his more bigger budget movies: tough female character, love and machines as in how machines can be either benefit or a threat.

Xenogenesis isn't the best, or even a extremely good film as such, debut movie ever, far from it, but it is rather interesting piece of film as a point of origin.


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