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Sep 27, 2013Stranded is basically a made-for-TV SyFy original movie with a bigger budget and an actor you might recognize. It's bad, but perhaps not quite bad enough to watch ironically or enjoy for its cheese factor. I even have a soft spot for poorly made horror movies, but this one just left me bored. The dialogue is weak and the plot is uninspired, with the forgettable crew making traditional horror-movie mistakes and generally not acting like the military personnel/astronauts they're supposed to be. The location is your cliche poorly lit space station that's conveniently large enough for people to wander off alone.
I can't recommend this movie as anything other than a last resort in order waste 90 minutes, because that's pretty much what it is.… Expand
Nov 22, 2013This is badly written and directed by Roger Christian (Battlefield Earth), and the actors are completely tortured by the bad manuscript. The alien is quite OK though, as is the film score in an extreme low budget movie you should avoid if you're not a sucker for bad movies.
Dec 26, 2013The opening scene made it seem as if the movie would be action-packed, but within a few syllables, it became clear that none of the actors were going to try to bring the stiff and poorly-contrived script to life. No effort was put toward researching space or science, and less still toward making the characters sympathetic or interesting. Frankly, the first 'symptom' I expected to see of the lone female's alien infection was that she'd want to sleep with every male aboard the ship, because it was that painfully cliched and clunky in its portrayal of that female, as well as its portrayals of sanity, alcoholism, space travel, technology, and basically all of the subject matter in the movie (though that short list about sums it up, if every one of those things was described by a third-grader who had no concept of them).
The soundtrack is one I'm fairly sure I've heard before while listening to Apple's GarageBand pre-made music loops library. The 'remarkably stupid lady we're supposed to buy as a scientist gets pregnant with alien horror' plot was boring when Prometheus did it, but they at least had Michael Fassbender.
By the end of the movie, I was rooting for all of the characters to die simply because they deserved it by being so utterly stupid. The writers project a future grimmer than Idiocracy, if that's supposed to represent the scientists who would be chosen for such an operation-- especially considering the amount of emotional and mental instability prevalent in this crew of jackasses even before the alien spores appear to make them into grotesque parodies of craziness.… Expand
Sep 13, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Predictable, poor musical/scoring choices,
standard scifi tropes ie. isolation, cabin fever, distrust, alien parasite, infection, 1 hot chick with multiple guys, paranoia and uncertainty.
The movements of the plot could not have been more clearly telegraphed.
The actors are ok but have a boring, functional and expository script to work with.
All in all, a wasted effort. The same things have been done better before, with more style and substance.
'Prometheus' and it's predecessors (Alien, Aliens) explored the same ideas (alien infection/pregnancy, rapidly accelerated growth, blowing it out the airlock, escaping in an escape pod) in a more interesting and profound ways.
Why someone bothered to poorly replicate this is beyond my understanding.
The ending made no sense (hold breath for 3.5 minutes while running... okay) but was predictable as hell. Really? The parasite's on earth now? What a damn surprise.
In short: derivative, sub-par, and a waste of everybody's time, including the audience's.… Expand
A no-budget "Alien" ripoff with little reason to exist beyond the few creature-effects shots its design team now can add to its reel, Roger Christian's Stranded might leave viewers yearning for the director's "Battlefield Earth" -- a film that, terrible though it was, at least couldn't be accused of a lack of ambition.