"The Planet" DVD
Planet DVD cover
Do you have any idea
how rare good science fiction is?
Conversely, do you
have any idea how even more rare good direct to video science
And by the time I bring
in "imported" to "good direct to video science
fiction", well, I've just blown the scale of possibility
wide open to the "you really should look into good psychological
will definitely qualify in that latter category, as amazing as
it sounds, this is good imported direct to video science fiction.
It features a group
of mercenaries on board a ship carrying cargo of a prisoner back
to charted space when they're attacked from out of nowhere by
a group of space fighters. The ship acquits itself bravely, but
a suicide attack on the main drive forces the massive vessel down.
What they find when they hit dirtside is a monster they weren't
expecting, and that was just the prisoner in the cargo hold. What
the planet is holding secret, meanwhile, is much, much worse on
a downright galactic scale.
It's impressive to
find a purely CG space battle that's believably staged--and that's
what you'll get with the first few minutes. The rest of the movie,
meanwhile, at least manages to hold its own thanks to some excellent
performances on the rest of the cast's shoulders.
Oh, sure, there are
problems here, some fairly weak explanations and a somewhat secondary
sense of plot development. But with some suspension of disbelief,
you should actually come off all right here.
The ending may well
be the strangest thing of all, as the massive poorly explained
beastie emerges and is defeated by equally poorly explained means.
But it is still a treat to watch, so I won't hold that against
The special features
include a making of featurette, cast and crew bios, audio options,
Spanish subtitles and trailers for The Planet, Displaced, Magus,
and Death on Demand.
All in all, The
Planet is a pretty big surprise, for taking on an ambitious
prospect and doing fairly well with it. You've got to respect
a movie that tries as hard as this one did, and so respect is
definitely what it's getting.
Directed by Mark Stirton
Written by Mark Stirton
Starring Tim Branston, Ashley Branston, Patrick Wight, Scott Ironside
Produced by Michael G. Clark
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