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Alien Hunter (2003)

An alien black box is found in the South Pole, where a government agency is conducting botanical experiments.

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Julian Rome
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Dr. Kate Brecher
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Dr. Michael Straub
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Nyla Olson
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Shelly Klein
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Abell (as Stu Charno)
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Grisham
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Dacia
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Dr. John Bachman
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In 1947, in New Mexico, a radio operator receives a signal following regular patterns. While investigating the occurrence, he vanishes. In the present day, the same signal is transmitted from a base in the Falkland Islands to United States of America and a satellite captures images of a unknown object in Antartic. The cryptologist Julien Rome (James Spader) is invited to investigate the mystery in the South Pole and he flies to a research base. While a team tries to open a weird shell probably from the outer space, Julien solves the message, which proves to be a distress signal ordering not to open the case. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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The submarine interior scenes were filmed on the last day of shooting. See more »

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In the running gun battle at the end, Dr. Straub fires his gun 20 times with a 10 bullet clip. See more »

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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Better than average.
2 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Reading over the reviews for this film, I see that pretty much everyone agrees that while it's not an A+ Top Notch effort, it certainly isn't as bad as it could have been.

What's good about it:

1) James Spader (!), who's incredible in everything he's in. 2) Pretty good Visual Effects. 3) Nice Musical Score.

What's average:

1) The other performances. 2) The story (as many have pointed out, it's a mosaic of other movies).

What's monumental:

You will never see another movie in which the end credits has as many crew members with last names ending with the letter "v."

What's unforgivable:

The title! "Alien Hunter" is an absolutely terrible name. Surely they could have come up with something a little more enticing. It sounds like a reject Jean-Claude film title.

I'm still amazed that they were able to cast James Spader in this. I mean, JAMES SPADER!!! :)

Bored? Nothing else to watch or rent? Give this movie a try.


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