Movies like this just kill me. They're the type of films that could work but fail because not enough care and thought had gone into them. JASON X is definetely one of them. This movie just plain sucks! If your looking for a horror film then look elsewhere, because this film has no virtually horror in it whatsoever. Just a lame excuse for a sci-fi movie. This has the weakest atmosphere that I have ever seen in my life! There is no fear of dread and no suspense that the other Jason films had. Did these people even watch the other 9 movies at all or did they make this up as they went along? A better director is sorely needed here because James Isaac does a terrible job behind the camera. The actors aren't any better: Lexa Doig doesn't cut it as the heroine, Lisa Ryder is just annoying as hell as the android, Kane Hodder looks rusty behind the mask because he just doesn't have the usual magic here he once had (although Über Jason in his metallic form looks really cool), and David Cronenberg is utterly wasted in a pathetic cameo at the beginning. Even worse is that the kills are weak and watered down. Only good death scene is when Jason freezes a girl's face in liquid Nitrogen and then smashes it on the desk. Other than that he mostly breaks necks here. Even the scene where Jason repeats an old kill from a previous film by sealing a girl in her sleeping bag and wacking her against a tree is too soft! This film also sorely fails in the sci-fi/horror genre as it doesn't mix either together to good effect. See ALIEN as to how sci-fi and horror can be mixed well without sacrificing either genre. Even the film that had Pinhead in space is 100 times better than this one! Like I said, this all could have worked. But it becomes a bad joke instead. Watch the other films instead. This one is an insult to the hardcore Jason fans. The writing is on the wall, it's time for Jason to retire.
This was a very good film, but I did have one problem with it. When one of the witnesses testifying against Michael Laszlo on his supposed war crimes, she says he said "A healthy body brings a heathly spirit" to her many years ago. That alone proved to me that he was guilty all along (you hear him say that to his grandson earlier in the film when he is doing push-ups with him). So the "shocking" surprise at the end of the film when we find out he was guilty when his daughter Ann found the pictures that proved he had done these hideous things he's accussed of really didn't surprise me. It seemed to me that a major plot-point had been given away too early in the film and I had a feeling of what was going to happen. That said, the movie is still well acted and well directed and will get to you on an deep emotional level. Jessica lange is absolutely flawless as Ann Talbot, as is Armin Mueller-Stahl as Michael Laszlo. It also shows that you know very little about those that you truly love. It may have been ignored when it first came out back in '89, but it's a worth a rental.
Overall I would rate it 5/10. By no means the worst film of the year as many have stated, but also not anywhere close to being the best. Lucy Liu deserved so much better than this. Seems like they spent more money on the explosions and action sequences than they did on the script. Director Wych Kaosayananda needs more practice on his directorial skills before he tackles another big Hollywood film like this.
1/10 for Tiffani Thiessen only.