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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.
1) The other performances. 2) The story (as many have pointed out, it's a mosaic of other movies).
You will never see another movie in which the end credits has as many crew members with last names ending with the letter "v."
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Alien Hunter". I didn't ponder whether it was
drawing upon other films, or harshly criticize the actors. I simply
enjoyed the plot and people and the entertainment it provided. I
thought the cast all did a fine job. It's pretty good science fiction!
I do wish the producers had found a more meaningful name for it.
The premise of the film had an element of originality that made it gripping and entertaining. The finale was a complete surprise to me. I had envisioned quite another resolution.
The director sets an overall somber, brooding tone with the consistently drab surroundings of the Antarctic lab. The plot develops well, and holds interest. There were very few slow spots, and those could have been my own perception. I liked the characters, and flowed right along with them. I would recommend this film to any science fiction fan. The beautiful girl in the white bikini, wading into a cornfield in an Antarctic lab, was irresistible. Just the right touch.
The film is thoughtful and poignant, with elements of intellectual science fiction that made viewing it fascinating for me. Its the kind of film that one can just lean back with, and imagine being right there with the cast, living it all with them.
James Spader plays a cryptologist who is summoned to the Antarctic where a
research station has uncovered something in the ice shelf that is emitting
radio signals in a non-random pattern. As the ice melts around it, the
scientists discover that it is some sort of alien pod. Too late, Spader
decyphers the message which is telling them not to disturb the
This film takes a little bit from several other science fiction movies and blends the parts into a pretty weak story. There's nothing new here, but at least the filmmakers realize that and set about with providing simple entertainment.
You could do a lot worse at the video store.
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"Hey everybody! I've got an idea, we found this egg-shaped thingie from outer space so why don't we thaw it out and open it up?" "Yes, I know that would be the dumbest thing a scientist could do, and it could be filled with contaminating bacteria or viruses unknown to earth and could potentially wipe out the human race, but hey, I want to know what's in it". "And nobody tell NASA, they might take it away from us". "Wow this thingie gives off vibes!" "Yes,really strong ones on contact so don't touch it but it's okay to cut it open". "Hi there handsome, check out my nips". (Later that day); "DO NOT OPEN"!!!!! Uh oh, we have to run all the way to the lab and tell them not to open it because we don't have phones or radios or intercoms even though we have a gazillion dollars worth of other equipment here. "I've never seen such organic technology!" "Yeah, lemme take this stick and stab it.". "I'm getting out of here, I don't care if I do kill the other 6 billion people on Earth, nobody's nukkin' me!" "Look! it's the friendly aliens from "The Abyss"! They want us to come with them". THE END
James Spader plays a floppy haired "communications expert" who used to
work for SETI. When a strange object is found in the Arctic he's sent
out to a research station to investigate. Our floppy haired hero
discovers that none other than his ex is there and she's hooked up with
someone else with floppy hair. Luckily he's irresistible to women
judging by the way they start flirting with him "I'm going for a
shower, want to join me?" and "I work naked" being two of the most
memorable lines. Male writer by any chance? Male writer with not a huge
amount of experience writing for or having intercourse with women? I
think so. It's kind of hard to buy into this guy as being a chick
magnet especially when he titters like a nervous young girl being
teased by her friends over someone she has a crush on.
He decodes a signal being broadcast from the thing and discovers it is a warning not to open the object up.
Unfortunately they've pretty much jimmied it open by this point and find an alien inside and the bad news is it doesn't have floppy hair, though it does seem drawn to Spaders so it's not all bad. They quickly switch the lights off so they can stumble around in the dark for a bit.
Alien Hunter isn't that bad, it obviously rips its best bits out of other movies and has only a couple of genuinely interesting ideas neither of which come to much. I totally agree with this movies current rating, a 5 seems fair as it has nothing new to show you but it's not terrible either.
And there's two guys with floppy hair at odds with each other and a nice spaceship, if that's your idea of a good movie you're going to love it - everyone else is going to quickly forget this one. What I can't understand though is why anyone would make this movie, it has no ambition and so many scenes seem to be time fillers. I wouldn't be surprised if parts of the script were simply titled "pointless dark stumbling scene 49" and none of the characters seem to show any emotions at all. And more to the point why are they growing GM crops in the Arctic in their underwear? Why does the scientist who is about to win a Nobel prize seem to know nothing whatsoever about science, including science related to plants when he's supposed to be the expert? We will never know..but you really won't care either.
This is an exceptional Sci-Fi Network Production. Decent F/X and a story line that is not too far fetched to enjoy. A team of government scientists conducting botanical experiments at the South Pole stumble upon what is believed to be an extraterrestrial black box. After further examination and disregard for a decoded warning an alien tries to communicate. A terrific finale out of the ordinary. James Spader leads an apt cast that features:Leslie Stefanson, Janine Eser, Roy Dotrice, John Lynch and Keir Dullea. A don't miss for Sci-Fi fans.
Cheers! Surprisingly decent. A lot better than I expected from the title. Familiar science fiction themes from other movies rehashed, but handled well. I like the twists. I won't ruin the movie for you by discussing them. Decent performances from most of the actors and some good cgi. If your a science fiction fan than it is entertaining enough to sit through unlike a lot of stuff out there. Note - check out the appearance by Kier Dullea (2001 Space Odyssey) - Interesting choice. Bravo. J. Spader is good in it as expected. His character is similar to his Stargate character. If you are a fan of that then you should check this out as well. This film has a much darker tone to it reminiscent to The Thing.
In 1947, in New Mexico, a radio operator receives a signal following
patterns and while investigating the occurrence, he vanishes. In the
present days, the same signal is transmitted from a base in Malvinas
Island 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, indeed a
distress signal ordering not to open the case. The writer of "Alien
Hunter" used parts of many sci-fi movies ("The Thing", "Predator",
"Alien", "Contact", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "X-Files",
"Outbreak", "Alien Vs. Predator", just to list some of them), put them
all in a mixer, but the result was a very disappointing low paced
unoriginal collection of clichés. All the characters are
non-charismatic, specially the nasty one performed by John Lynch, and
James Spader does not have any chemistry with any woman. The
performances are very "cold", and the actors and actresses seem to know
that the movie is not good and do not show any enthusiasm. My vote is
Title (Brazil): "Contato Alienígena" ("Alien Contact")
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The unfortunately named ALIEN HUNTER was much better than I
anticipated. I picked it up out of the cheapie bin at a local store
expecting a mock-worthy B-movie starring my favorite actor, James
Spader. What I got instead was a well-acted, rather thoughtful film
with respectable special effects.
No, the plot is not wholly original, but in this case that doesn't detract from the film. Not every movie is going to be a BEING JOHN MALKOVICH. The alien/Roswell/government setup is a familiar one that should please most scifi fans. Coupled with the excellent performance by James Spader, it all works well until the end of the film, when things sort of start to fall apart plot-wise. The government's knowledge of the aliens is never adequately explained and this does cause some confusion. However, the last few scenes are very well done and somewhat make up for this plot hole.
The movie is best while our characters in Antarctica are still trying to solve the mystery of the melting rock/alien shuttle, and just after the alien emerges from its hiding place. The scene with Spader and the alien and the aftermath is quite touching and this is where fine acting saves the day. This sequence could easily have come across as cheesy and ridiculous but it is actually the highlight of the movie, in my opinion. It makes you think, but don't worry, not TOO hard. ;-)
Overall, I would say most scifi fans should enjoy ALIEN HUNTER if they approach it without expecting something wholly original. Watch out for the director's commentary, however--he sounds like he's been asleep longer than the alien!
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I liked it. Especially the ending, though it was clearly a made for tv
movie. The atmosphere was nice ... but so many things were taken from other
recent movies. The most obvious is the spaceship taken from The Abyss, but
there it was water, here it's forcefields or some other s**t so it doesn't
count. Anyway that computer graphics is really cheap to make, looks good and
it's suitably "alien" so I'll let that pass .. :)
That russian officer who fixes his hat with that phony move like Travolta with his cigarette is so funny :) I mean you have just launched a nuclear missile and you absoluteley have to fix your hat with a funny and elaborated move ... ha ha ha .. I think the guy did it to make fun at the movie.
I give it a 6/10. For James Spader and the ending. One point id for the music in the spaceship scene ...
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