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Film Review: ‘Stranded’

Another blandly competent, thoroughly forgettable low-budget sci-fi thriller assembled from the stray parts of countless other, better movies.

With:
Christian Slater, Amy Matysio, Michael Thierrault, Brendan Fehr, Lyndon Bray, Ryland Alexander, Mark Claxton.

Another crew of astronauts comes in contact with another hostile alien life form in “Stranded,” another blandly competent, thoroughly forgettable low-budget sci-fier assembled from the stray parts of other, better movies. Compared with the epic disaster that was “Battlefield Earth,” this latest effort from director Roger Christian feels fairly benign in its straightforward, uninspired execution, to the point where even our intrepid space explorers seem less concerned about surviving than ensuring the picture ends on time. Commercially, the film seems likely to live up to its title in simultaneous theatrical and VOD release.

A meteor shower causes severe damage to a lunar base, compromising the crew’s oxygen supply and introducing a nasty contaminating agent that promptly impregnates the lone female astronaut (Amy Matysio). After violently giving birth to an alien fetus that somehow slips away, she clashes with a jerky superior (Christian Slater), earns sympathy from her other two colleagues (Michael Thierrault, Brendan Fehr), and eventually comes face-to-face with her rapidly mutating moon-baby. But Ripley she ain’t, just as this murkily lit, scare-free cheapie is a far cry from “Alien.”

Film Review: 'Stranded'

Reviewed online, Pasadena, Calif., July 26, 2013. Running time: 88 MIN.

Production: (Canada-U.K.) An RLJ/Image Entertainment (in U.S.) release of a Minds Eye Entertainment production in association with Moving Pictures Media. Produced by Mark Montague, Kevin DeWalt, Isabella Battiston. Executive producers, Leonid Shapiro, Gi Fernando, Jack Tunnicliffe, Ivan Sabourin, DeWalt.

Crew: Directed by Roger Christian. Screenplay, Christian Piers Betley, Roger Christian. Camera (color, widescreen), Mark Dobrescu; editor, Daryl Davis; music, Todd Bryanton; production designer, Kathy McCoy; set decorator, Sara Longfellow; costume designer, Brenda Shenher; sound (Dolby), Warren St. Onge; visual effects supervisor, Colin Hubick; stunt coordinator, Daniel Skene; line producer, Rhonda Baker; associate producer, Danielle Masters; assistant director, Terry Mialkowsky; casting, Carmen Koytk.

With: Christian Slater, Amy Matysio, Michael Thierrault, Brendan Fehr, Lyndon Bray, Ryland Alexander, Mark Claxton.

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