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Story

Calling this 1996 science fiction thriller "a glorified B movie," isn't a criticism. Writer-director David Twohy managed to get interesting material on the screen despite a limited budget, and the film is just believable enough to be satisfying as a tale of paranoid conspiracy. If you can ignore the hokey parts and accept Charlie Sheen as noted radio astronomer Zane Ziminski, you'll get thoroughly involved when the reception of an alien radio signal leads him to Mexico and to a huge underground power plant operated by aliens bent on the eventual takeover of Earth. Ron Silver is suitably chilling as the astronomer's boss, whose real identity is more horrifying than Ziminski ever imagined. The underground alien lair is memorably creepy, and Twohy's film is just smart enough to qualify as more than a guilty pleasure. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Charlie SheenZane Zaminsky
Lindsay CrouseIlana Green
Richard SchiffCalvin
Ron SilverPhil Gordian
Teri PoloChar

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  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: David Twohy
  • Producer: Artisan
  • Length: 109 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 31, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaApr 21, 2009
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 25, 2000
    EuropeOct 29, 2001
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