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Star Runners (2009)

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Given a undercover government mission to retrieve a "crate" from a distant planet, TY JOHNS and LEI CHEN find that they must smuggle not a crate, but a woman off world -- and when their ... See full summary »


Mat King


Rafael Jordan





Cast overview, first billed only:
Connor Trinneer ... Tycho 'Ty' Johns
James Kyson ... Lei Chen (as James Kyson Lee)
Toni Trucks ... Asta
Aja Evans Aja Evans ... Jenessa
Michael Culkin ... Bishop
Atanas Srebrev ... Santen
Hristo Mitzkov Hristo Mitzkov ... Hicks
Shelly Varod ... Lyekka
Todd Jensen ... Hudson
Mike Johnson Mike Johnson ... Kai
Velizar Binev ... Bilal
Velislav Pavlov Velislav Pavlov ... Nikopol
George Zlatarev George Zlatarev ... Yuri Koralev
Yana Marinova ... Stark
Nikolai Sotirov Nikolai Sotirov ... Uncle (as Nicky Sotirov)


Given a undercover government mission to retrieve a "crate" from a distant planet, TY JOHNS and LEI CHEN find that they must smuggle not a crate, but a woman off world -- and when their rocket-ship crash-lands on a planet packed with vicious giant alien bugs, they'll need all the cunning and ferocity they possess to stay alive... Written by Svetlio Svilenov

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Release Date:

13 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Termination Shock See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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The character names Nikopol and Bilal were taken from the last names of character Alcide Nikopol and artist Enki Bilal. The character is the main character in the Nikopol trilogy of comics by Enki Bilal. This includes the film Immortal (2004) and the computer game Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals (2008). See more »

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Not really that impressive, but the SyFy channel have done far worse
8 June 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

SyFy have had a very dubious reputation in my eyes. Once in a while they have done something that is somewhat tolerable, and even they are heavily flawed, but all too often their resume ranges from bad to bottom-of-the-barrel quality. Star Runners is nowhere near a great movie, but it is a flawed yet tolerable one, especially when compared to Titanic II, Quantum Apocalypse, Dinocroc vs.Supergator, Battle of Los Angeles, 2010:Moby Dick and Alien vs.Hunter(and they are just a handful of the movies among SyFy's very worst). It did have some good things, a catchy title, decent photography and editing, interesting science fiction(a vast improvement seeing as I often got the impression that SyFy have never been good at researching what they include or to make it plausible at least) attractive female characters and good turns from Connor Tineer and James Kyson Lee. Where it falls down is in the formulaic, highly derivative and structurally-thin storytelling, slapdash special effects(SyFy have done worse in this aspect though), stilted and very uninteresting scripting, clichéd and poorly written characters especially the villains and the villains being largely underplayed even by Michael Culkin whose role was beneath him. Overall, didn't impress me but I was expecting worse and at the end of the day I can think of at least 20 SyFy movies that are worse than Star Runners. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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