6.3/10
47,503
228 user 48 critic

Spectral (2016)

Trailer
1:55 | Trailer
A sci-fi/thriller story centered on a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings.

Director:

Nic Mathieu

Writers:

Ian Fried (story), Nic Mathieu (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
2,186 ( 597)
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
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
Stephen Root ... Dr. Mindala
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Akingbola ... Sgt. Steve McFadden
Tsogbaatar Batzorig Tsogbaatar Batzorig ... Weapons Engineer
Mike Bodie ... Efrem (as Michael Bodie)
Philip Bulcock ... Sgt. Chris Davis
Miklós Bányai ... Benson
Learn more

More Like This 

Extinction (2018)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Ben Young
Stars: Michael Peña, Lizzy Caplan, Amelia Crouch
ARQ (2016)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Trapped in a lab and stuck in a time loop, a disoriented couple fends off masked raiders while harboring a new energy source that could save humanity.

Director: Tony Elliott
Stars: Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor, Shaun Benson
Bright I (2017)
Action | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A detective must work with an Orc to find a powerful wand before evil creatures do.

Director: David Ayer
Stars: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace
How It Ends (2018)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A desperate man tries to return home to his pregnant fiancée after a mysterious apocalyptic event turns everything to chaos.

Director: David M. Rosenthal
Stars: Theo James, Kat Graham, Nancy Sorel
iBoy (2017)
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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.

Director: Adam Randall
Stars: Bill Milner, Maisie Williams, Miranda Richardson
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Orbiting a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.

Director: Julius Onah
Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl
Tau (2018)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A woman is held captive by a scientist in a futuristic smart house, and hopes to escape by reasoning with the Artificial Intelligence that controls the house.

Director: Federico D'Alessandro
Stars: Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein, Gary Oldman
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A tough-as-nails detective embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship.

Director: Liam O'Donnell
Stars: Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Jonny Weston
OtherLife (2017)
Crime | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After inventing a drug that induces time-compressed virtual realities, young Ren grapples with partner Sam over how to use their powerful creation.

Director: Ben C. Lucas
Stars: Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Cocquerel, Shalom Brune-Franklin
Wheelman (2017)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A getaway driver for a bank robbery realizes he has been double crossed and races to find out who betrayed him.

Director: Jeremy Rush
Stars: Frank Grillo, Caitlin Carmichael, Garret Dillahunt
I Am Mother (2019)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In the wake of humanity's extinction, a teenage girl is raised by a robot designed to repopulate the earth. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.

Director: Grant Sputore
Stars: Rose Byrne, Maddie Lenton, Luke Hawker
Polar I (2019)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A retiring assassin suddenly finds himself on the receiving end of a hit, contracted by none other than his own employer seeking to cash in on the pensions of aging employees.

Director: Jonas Åkerlund
Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick

Photos

Edit

Storyline

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

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

DARPA stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. They are responsible for the development of new weapons and technology for the United States Military. A good portion of their work is developing technology for use by the USSOCOM, United States Special Operations Command which oversees the US Military's special forces units. Examples being the Army's 75th Rangers, Army Special Forces, Navy SEALs and Marine Corps Force Recon. See more »

Goofs

7 minutes 22 seconds into the movie, right after "We'll talk over the next steps, all right?", a few seconds of the scene when they are preparing to leave the room is played once again, but from another angle/zoomed out (editing error). See more »

Quotes

Fran Madison: These are from real corpses.
Clyne: Each one is made from a real person. They're alive? They're not alive. They're not dead. They're just trapped somewhere in between.
See more »

User Reviews

 
A homage to the gaming world
9 December 2016 | by reaver80808-552-7999See all my reviews

Not a bad movie. In fact better than some of the huge budget offerings intended for cinema, lately.

Don't get me wrong, it's got all the usual clichés. A heroic scientist, tough American soldiers who don't take no s___ and distrust heroic scientists, and the tough female agent. It's also got it's plot holes and as is often the case with this genre, the heroes always manage to be stood in the right place to not get killed, while "nameless soldier" gets it! They also love a montage, where incredible weapons and sciency stuff can be created in only a few hours! But I could forgive all this, because it was fun to watch and didn't feel like a chore at any point.

Sure, it won't fire your brain cells to their full extent, but like I said, it has nice touches and a very nice feel, visually. It is reminiscent of recent computer games, such as Gears of War or Titanfall, leading me to believe the creators may be gaming fans. They do get that feel right however. I'd even go as far as to say, give Paul W S Anderson (a staple game/movie director) his WELL deserved marching orders and let this team handle the next game to movie conversion. They seem to understand the look well.

It also borrows from previous action/sci-fi movies at some stages. I got a feel of Aliens at one point, and the overall story is VERY reminiscent of Final Fantasy The Spirits Within. There are lot's of little touches throughout, that made me feel I'd been here before, but they never went to the 'ripping off' point, but more a nostalgic tip of the hat to previous sci-fi.

The acting is all solid, aside from moments where the characters don't seem quite troubled enough, considering they may be snuffed out by an invisible force at any moment, but that is often the case with these movies, due to the short amount of time they have to set the scene, develop characters and tell the story, but aside from this, everyone is likable, if a little two dimensional overall. I think this is why serialised tories are taking off so much in recent years.

The visual effects are also very nice and miles better than I expected for a straight to Netflix movie. I can't recall any moment where I cringed at the effects. The war-torn sets were also nicely done.

Don't go in expecting some sci-fi epic that will change your world view. Go in expecting a bit of fun, with some nice effects and a simple story. Not a bad way to spend an hour and forty eight minutes, if you like sci-fi.


308 of 338 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 228 user reviews »

Videos

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Hungary

Language:

English | Russian | Romanian | Slovenian

Release Date:

9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spectral See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed