Wednesday, October 8, 2008
In tone and style, this felt very much of a piece with other 80's movies like Terminator, Aliens, Near Dark and Predator. James Horner's music even sounds very similar to his Aliens score. And the monster-POV shots are incredibly reminiscent of the Predator's POV shots, with similar sound effects thrown in. Only this movie came before all of those, so you have to give it credit.
Problem is, it just isn't nearly as good as any of those movies, even if it feels in some ways like the prototype for them. It's slow and overlong, and tries so hard to imbue it's fantastical premise with plausibility that it becomes pretty silly. Didn't work for me.