Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA/Switzerland, 2000. Hammerhead Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Screenland Pictures, United Artists. Story by William Malone, Daniel Chuba, Screenplay by David C. Wilson. Cinematography by Lloyd Ahern II. Produced by Daniel Chuba, Jamie Dixon, Ash R. Shah. Music by David C. Williams. Production Design by Marek Dobrowolski. Costume Design by Bob Ringwood. Film Editing by Melissa Kent, Michael Schweitzer.
Trust me, you could do a lot worse. Director Walter Hill had his name removed from the credits after producer Francis Ford Coppola significantly cut the film down to a ninety-minute running time and added elements of his own. What is left is a beautifully designed but empty-headed story that steals liberally from Alien and other science-fiction films but lacks that classic film’s great character depth. A great cast is definitely a perk here, particularly the lead talents of James Spader and the stunning Angela Bassett (who even get a digitally created sex scene thanks to the post-production changes, by having their bodies graphically superimposed on other actors’ bodies). Despite the drawbacks, I have to admit to having had a good time watching it.