Project: Genesis

  • 1994
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Science Fiction

This no-budget galactic gabfest, filmed as STRANGE HORIZONS, opens semi-promisingly with a craft named the Misanthrope and a sarcastic computer right out of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," then crashes into planet-sized pretension. What actually transpires must be sifted from a veritable universe of obscurant speechifying, but it seems to be this:...read more

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This no-budget galactic gabfest, filmed as STRANGE HORIZONS, opens semi-promisingly with a craft named the Misanthrope and a sarcastic computer right out of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," then crashes into planet-sized pretension.

What actually transpires must be sifted from a veritable universe of obscurant speechifying, but it seems to be this: the Motherhood, a future evil empire, wages war with "Aliens," who are actually detached humans mystically high on Horizon, a drug made from cosmic dust--yes, they're really

spaced out. But the Motherhood's treacherous Admiral Hardman (Ken LeMaire) secretly peddles Horizon to the Aliens, and his smuggler, unstable star pilot Pascal (David Ferry) gets shot down on an uninhabited world. Pascal raves, hallucinates, and watches philosophically as a mute Alien woman (Olga

Prokhorova) lands to loot his cargo of Horizon. But her orbiting ship and Hardman's blast each other apart, leaving the marooned odd couple to commence an Adam-and-Eve existence. Years later they've got a baby daughter, but still labor diligently together on a homemade escape vessel.

That's it. The pic clocks in at 79 minutes, yet drags more than SOLARIS due to indecipherably jargon-filled dialogue. Hardman: "The curve of lightscape leaves you younger than me but you are over the mathematic of decline." Pascal: "The mathematic of messiah!" No wonder Prokhorova is so

enticing. She doesn't say a word. Most of the inaction occurs on a single set resembling a junkyard, while spaceships are weird-looking but obviously toy-sized models. As PROJECT: GENESIS, this odd, forgettable effort premiered on US home video in 1994. (Profanity, substance abuse, sex, briefnudity.)

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  • Released: 1994
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This no-budget galactic gabfest, filmed as STRANGE HORIZONS, opens semi-promisingly with a craft named the Misanthrope and a sarcastic computer right out of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," then crashes into planet-sized pretension. What actually… (more)

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