Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. United Kingdom/USA, 1998. Warner Bros., Morgan Creek Entertainment, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Impact Pictures. Screenplay by David Webb Peoples. Cinematography by David Tattersall. Produced by Jerry Weintraub. Music by Joel McNeely. Production Design by David L. Snyder. Costume Design by Erica Edell Phillips. Film Editing by Martin Hunter.
Ho hum, conformity is breaking apart in outer space and we get to watch it happen. This run-of-the-mill science-fiction film, using the most basic of plots, somehow manages to mildly divert you with its appealing performances and colourful visual effects, but rather than entertain you it sort of lulls you into submission. Kurt Russell is believable as a drone-faced military man who has been bred as a special project by the army and is now, thirty years after our present time, a loveless, frighteningly obedient killing machine who is the government’s prize pet. When his level of training is rendered obsolete and he is assumed dead after a training exhibition, his body is dumped on what is believed to be a dead planet but is actually inhabited by former space-crash survivors who have incredibly funky digs and suspiciously clean children despite the fact that their home is basically a giant toxic waste vat. Russell is revived and brought back to life by the group, just in time to help protect them against his superiors when they return for training maneuvers and instead decide to wipe out the peace-lovin’ citizens of Fraggle Rock. It won’t piss you off, but it’s really not very special.