On their way to the planet Centari Five, the shuttle six friends are traveling in develops problems and crash lands on an alien planet. Exploring their surroundings and repairing the shuttle, it isn’t long before they realize they aren’t alone.
Alana Dietze (Shelly), Steve West (Jack), Tonya Kay (Flower), Avital Ash (Kristy), Joseph Darden (Shaun), Keith Reay (Devin).
Dark Space begins well enough with some nice plot setup and character introductions. As the film continues things get more interesting as we get to know the characters and some suspense is introduced. Once the friends crash land on the alien planet, things get more exciting and the film picks up pace. What we don’t get however is much of an explanation why there are soldiers on the alien planet or what their mission might be. That leaves us with something of a disappointing ending.
Acting was a bit rough in this one. Without picking on anyone in particular, the main cast felt timid and unprepared. Kay has some experience and did fairly well, along with Dietze and to a lesser extent West. The lack of energy from the main cast translated to the film which felt lackluster and rough at times.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were interesting enough if a bit on the cheap side. The ship door was almost humorous. CGI wasn’t bad but was definitely obvious. Creature effects and the sometimes invisible soldiers were good, but the laser weapons were a little cheesy. Dialogue was mundane. Sound and soundtrack were pretty good.
Dark Space ends up being a reasonably well done entry-level sci-fi but that is all. The plot and technical work is decent, but acting came up short and the result is a film with potential that just doesn’t develop the energy to keep it exciting. Those who can overlook the acting may enjoy this one.
With some violence and mild foul language, this should be fine for teens and above.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Alien Sci-Fi
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