Veteran independent producer Roger Corman has a reputation for making do with very little, but the raw materials that went into SPACEJACKED were apparently too little even for his thrifty genius. The actors wouldn't make the cut-offs for "Star Search," the sets resemble a fourth-grade
science fair project; the direction gives life to a new cinematic term: mess-en-scene.
In the near future, filthy rich pleasure-seekers get their kicks flying to the Moon. Fawned over by androids like Mac (Matt Holland) and Gibson (Des Kenny), the jaded travelers are in for a rude awakening in Outer Space. Having reprogrammed Gibson, greedy second mate Alex Barnes (Corbin Bernsen)
damages the Moon-bound ship. As the passengers float helplessly in space, Barnes extorts money from them in exchange for safe passage.
However, only one escape pod (with room for seven passengers) remains; secretly Barnes intends to take the passengers' money, kill them, and escape to a neutral space station. As he delivers ultimatums to the passengers, first mate Ryan Taylor (Steve Bond) and enterprising passenger Dawn Taggart
(Amanda Pays) scramble to get to the escape pod. Thwarted by Barnes, Dawn nearly drifts out of the ship into outer space and Ryan nearly implodes from depressurizing. While Dawn outwits and detonates Gibson, Ryan temporarily regains control of the ship. After leading the survivors to the getaway
pod, Dawn heads for the captain's bridge. Ryan kills Barnes by cutting off his oxygen, as the escape vehicle takes off without him and Dawn. They are rescued by a freighter which picked up Mac after he was blasted into space and used his memory bank to locate the ship.
Filmed in Ireland and conceived in desperation, this derivative Yankee-Irish coproduction doesn't possess a single original thought. Worse, it has no idea what to do with the ones it has borrowed. (It extracts minimal excitement from the plot contrivance about too many passengers for one lifeboat,
for example.) Slapdash art direction and skeletal screenwriting contribute to a Poverty Row enterprise, whose artistic resources are even more limited than its budget. (Graphic violence, profanity, extensive nudity, substance abuse.)
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: R
- Review: Veteran independent producer Roger Corman has a reputation for making do with very little, but the raw materials that went into SPACEJACKED were apparently too little even for his thrifty genius. The actors wouldn't make the cut-offs for "Star Search," the… (more)