A father has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to realize an unknown strength to keep them safe from harm.
After being shot, Tom wakes from a coma to discover that fragments of his smart phone have been embedded in his head, and worse, that returning to normal teenage life is impossible because he has developed a strange set of superpowers.
Civil Unrest in the European country of Moldova has US forces engaging the insurgents however there is a new threat who has decided both are their enemy. This new threat resides in an alternative spectrum that makes them invisible to the naked eye and instant death to anyone confronting them. Locals believe they are Spirits of War but others believe they are superior arms technology fabricated by the Moldova government..Written by
In the scene where they are about to go into the building to save the squad of troops, that building looks like a house block, but when the scene changes indoors, that scene is taking place in Constanta Casino locate in Constanta, Romania. See more »
Several instances of character lines overdubbed. Lips do not match the lines, but even when lips are not visible the overdubs are very loud and obvious. See more »
[at around 6:30 minutes a team of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency officials are observing a Lab test of a potential weapon for use on the battlefield]
Can you try this on living things?
That wasn't our intent here... initially.
We'd like you to test it.
[several people around the lab chuckle under their breath]
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Soldiers vs. ghosts... science vs. superstition. One of my favorite themes of fantastic cinema is the basis of Spectral, an entertaining experience which combines elements of Aliens, Ghostbusters and The Asphyx, made with an interesting visual style in extraordinary European locations, even though its irregular screenplay avoids it from being totally satisfactory. I liked the central mystery of Spectral, as well as the main character's deductions, whose attitude is sober and rational at the beginning, like it corresponds to a scientist, in order to later get into supernatural territory when the evidence becomes undeniable. The actors fulfill with the dramatic requirements of the screenplay, starting by James Badge Dale, who credibly integrates his character's scientific and heroic facets. Meanwhile, Emily Mortimer adds adequate doses of government paranoia, and a warm motherly warmth a la Ripley, when she must take care of Newt (I'm sorry, Sari), the orphan girl rescued from the ruins. And finally, Bruce Greenwood also makes a good work as the classic military leader full of courage and determination. On the negative side, the screenplay includes a big number of coincidences (ALL the materials the soldiers need are on the floor of the destroyed city, as if they were playing Doom), various poorly defined characters with prefabricated dialogues (it seems that screenwriter George Nolfi got paid extra cash every time he wrote "Go!") and a general narrative superficiality which betrays the ingenuity of the ideas explored by the movie. But, well... despite my complaints, I had a good time watching Spectral, and I can give it a moderate recommendation because of that
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