A sci-fi/thriller story centered on a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings.


Nic Mathieu


Ian Fried (story), Nic Mathieu (story) | 1 more credit »
4,013 ( 257)





Cast overview, first billed only:
James Badge Dale ... Clyne
Emily Mortimer ... Fran Madison
Bruce Greenwood ... General Orland
Max Martini ... Capt. Sessions
Cory Hardrict ... Alessio
Clayne Crawford ... Sgt. Toll
Gonzalo Menendez ... Captain Marco Cabrera
Ursula Parker ... Sari
Aaron Serban Aaron Serban ... Bogdan
Dylan Smith ... Talbot
Louis Ozawa ... Sgt. Chen (as Louis Ozawa Changchien)
Jimmy Akingbola ... Sgt. Steve McFadden
Ryan Robbins ... Sgt. Comstock
Stephen Root ... Dr. Mindala
Philip Bulcock ... Sgt. Chris Davis


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 -Kirk

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A supernatural Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi combat action | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Visible on General Orland's left shoulder is the patch for the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team indicating his assignment to that unit. The 173rd is based in Vicenza, Italy so its deployment to Moldova is quite likely in the event of a real world crisis. See more »


In the movie, it is said that the tank that came in was an M1 Abrams. However it is a Russian T-72. See more »


Clyne: [about Sessions men gearing up again] They don't stop, do they?
Fran Madison: I don't think they know how.
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1 December 2018 | by NewGirlNickMillerSee all my reviews

If you enjoy action adventure films and weird sci-fi thrillers with terrible science, then you'll like this film. It's your typical middle east war flick paired with a sci-fi movie, and oh my god almost every trope in the book. Let me be clear that I didn't hate it. The rating is just reflective of my objective look at how the film did.

Let's start with the lead, Clyne, who is played by James Badge Dale...or as I came to know him throughout the film, poor man's Sam Worthington if Sam Worthington could actually act decently. I don't have anything against good ole' Sam, mind. I just don't think he's a good actor. James and the rest of the cast do an adequate job of acting their roles in this film. That's honestly all I'm looking for in an action film, adequate.

The plot is a bit goofy. It starts out slow, then gets pretty strong and intriguing about half an hour in. However, after the big reveal (which is completely outlandish and ridiculous), the film just left me rather...blase. It suddenly went from this intriguing film that made me want to know what was going on to just another action film where we shoot things and blow everything up. Since I watched it on Netflix, I actually found myself browsing Reddit on my secondary monitor during the last thirty minutes or so. The one thing i can say is that the reveal wasn't as predictable as I was expecting. However...there are so many holes in the plot, most of them physics and science base, that it turned me off a bit more. That's not to say that it ruined the film, because I understand there has to be a suspension of disbelief in sci-fi...but I do appreciate it when they do their homework and don't just blatantly make up things that can be proven false.

The effects were pretty good, as you might expect from a film of this caliber. I don't really have anything bad to say about the effects, which is mostly why I didn't give it a worse score. Again, didn't hate the film, but I wouldn't watch it again.

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Release Date:

9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spectral See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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