British-made sci-fi adventure romp Slipstream is one of those films that had potential, but unfortunately it doesn’t make the grade.
Slipstream seems to be making some kind of ecological message; the film’s version of Earth [from a story by Sam Clemens] is a place ruined by pollution with the planet washed clean by a river of wind called the ‘Slipstream.’
Lawman Mark Hamill and his partner Kitty Aldridge capture Bob Peck, who’s wanted for murder. When adventurer Bill Paxton discovers there is a price on Peck’s head he snatches him and makes his escape down the Slipstream.
They come across a cult of religious fanatics who worship the wind, led by Ben Kingsley. One of the cult (Eleanor David) falls for Peck – even though it turns out he is an android.
Strong points are the stunning locations (Turkey and the Yorkshire moors), the performances by Hamill and Aldridge, plus impressive aircraft and technical effects. Kingsley and F. Murray Abraham have virtual walk-on parts.