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I Scream, You Scream 14.12.2009

Posted by Commodore Mendez in Movie reviews.
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"But in the first movie I said I didn't have a family."

Robocop does not appear in this movie, although killer robot appliances do.

Movie: Screamers: The Hunting (2009)
Plot: Earth space soldiers answer a distress signal, and when they arrive, really vicious Roombas attack — and some of them also look like people! Then it’s up the model-thin warrior-soldier-lady (Gina Holden) to save the day by freeing the wrong people and cozying up to the guy named Guy who screams, “Screamer.”
IMHO: While it’s always nice to see Lance Henriksen, if only for a few minutes, this video sequel to 1995’s earnest-but-dull  Screamers adds gore but little else to the storyline, which was based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “Second Variety.” Lots of spouting blood and fists-through-bodies while charming do little to hide the heavily derivative proceedings. And that attempt at a surprise ending will — surprise — make you scream. But not for the right reasons.
Compared to the great Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, this movie is “dominated by craylon gas, sand, high velocity winds. Incapable of supporting life forms.”
If Leonard Nimoy had directed it, there would’ve been a a strong metaphorical reference to the Holocaust somewhere.
If Scotty had seen the movie with me, he’d have said, “Captain Kirk would’ve convinced the Screamers to deactivate themselves, and then bedded the lass long before the planet exploded.”
SPOILER: Another in the hurtling-toward-Earth-with-impending-menace-ending genre.
I give this movie: .5 Nomad out of 5

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