(out of 5)
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.
Directed by Walter Hill
Cinematography by Lloyd Ahern II
Music by David C. Williams
Production Design by Marek Dobrowolski
Costume Design by Bob Ringwood