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Story

In this fast-paced, sci-fi/horror shoot-'em-up based on the Dark Horse comic book, Jamie Lee Curtis plays the navigator of an ocean-going tug. When a typhoon cripples their boat, the crew sails into the eye of the storm, where they discover a high-tech Russian communications and research vessel adrift. Only one Russian crewmember is still alive, raving about "intelligent lightning." They soon discover that an alien life form has taken over the ship's computers and is churning out biomechanical warriors. With their own boat destroyed, the crew must battle the creature as the ship reenters the storm. If the basic story and characters all sound familiar, it may not surprise you that producer Gale Anne Hurd's other films include The Terminator and Aliens. This movie and its derivative screenplay aren't nearly as good as those were, and director John Bruno (who won an Oscar for best visual effects for The Abyss) seems more skilled at action choreography and special effects than character and story. Curtis plays another variation on her "scream queen" persona, while Donald Sutherland gives a deliciously hammy performance as the tug captain (in his words, "the dominant life form") who smells salvage money if he can claim the Russian ship for his own. For all the picture's flaws, the effects are good (and gory) and it moves at top speed for a brisk 100 minutes. A trivia factoid: at one point on this troubled production, film footage was seized at the airport because the shipping box was prominently marked with the film's title! --Geof Miller

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • DTS Surround Sound
  • Dolby

Cast

Jamie Lee CurtisKit Foster
William BaldwinSteve Baker
Donald SutherlandCaptain Robert Everton
Joanna PaculaNadia
Marshall BellJ.W. Woods Jr.
Sherman AugustusRichie
Cliff CurtisHiko
Julio Oscar MechosoSqueaky

  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: John Bruno
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 99 min
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 15, 1999
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 6, 2004
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