LOVED IT. I love Ben Foster's character, and I think Dennis Quaid was born to play this part. One warning: PAY ATTENTION. This is one of those everything-adds-up-at-the-end thrillers, and you will miss out on the best cookies if you don't watch carefully.
Just to satisfy the snarky
, I will include these points:
- Take a shot every time Bower takes one of those back-cracking falls onto something metal and/or pointy. You'll have a nice buzz by the end of the movie.
- The reactor has been running for decades, and Bower wakes up within an hour of the catastrophic failure? That's...rather convenient.
There, now that's out of the way, let me outline why this movie rocks. First, the tone. The TENSION was SO VERY TENSE. The fluctuating power, the flickering lights, the greasy engineering rooms and—OH GOD AN ALIEN THING...SPINES...OILY BLACK EYES...PALE...THE TEETH OH GOD...
My second favorite thing about the movie was Ben Foster. I have no idea how he did this, but he managed to convey two traits that I would have thought impossible to combine. He's The Determinator
, for sure, but there's no steely-eyed heroic gaze, no posturing, no cocky one-liners. He's terrified
. But he's still going to get to that reactor and restart it, and not For Great Justice
or for a Dead Little Sister
or even For Science
. I think it's just because it's his job
. His adherence to duty when the whole freaking world
has gone mad is so endearing, it's almost heartbreaking.
Thirdly, Dennis Quaid. He is so reassuring and steady in the role of Payton, I would have voted for him for president. He was totally the man you want at Mission Control
when you are climbing around a ship with carnivorous aliens and No OSHA Compliance
. And then later, when he is introduced to Gallo...ooh the interplay between the two is just so deliciously paranoid schizophrenic, it's riveting.
I believe this movie is a worthy successor to the Alien
franchise. Yes, I think it's that good.