Type: Thing meets Alien meets Anime
Synopsis: A mysterious alien entity comes aboard the ship of blue collar space workers. A great prelude for the next adventure where a group of aliens come aboard a ship filled with space marines. Admittedly, the follow up involving the aliens coming aboard a prison colony wasn’t as good. But Resurrection was pretty alright, wasn’t it? Made us all believe again?
Pros: My allusions to the Aliens franchise and The Thing is no mere tongue and cheek. This anime cribbed hard from those two. And surprise, surprise, Aliens came out one year before this movie. You can therefore imagine the premise. A group of space surveyors are hired by a corporation to investigate a planet with an alien bacteria infiltrates the ship and starts killing people. There’s also a subplot where one of the crew is a murders whose escaping sentencing by joining this 20 years long voyage. As rip offs go, this one is fairly entertaining. You can tell who the culprit is right away, but the investigations were fun.
Cons: I think this movie has too many plots going on. One plot involves a creepy alien taking over the ship, that’s fine. Another plot involves the computer going rouge and trapping everyone on the ship, that’s fine. Another plot involves looking for a murder suspect, that’s fine. And another plot involves that characters realizing that space voyages cost them precious time with their families and culture, to the point of becoming strangers in their own worlds, and that also fine. But maybe pick one instead of cramming them all in an hour long “movie.” Because I tended to forget about some of the plots from time to time. The animation quality also fluctuates, but for some reason, the animators felt the need to show us a cat being gutted alive. Thank’s for that.
Watch it?: The more I think about it, AVP was pretty fun too.
MVP: The existential crisis of the sailor
What is a home that time has stolen from you?
Best Moment: The flamethrowers (when it all clicked for me).