Screamers

In English (1995)

Hendrickssen: "Things ain't what they used to be."

Screamers actually has a pretty good pedigree. It was adapted from a short story by Philip K. Dick, and it stars Peter Weller, a very good actor who is probably best known for Robocop. It is about a war between humans on the planet Sirius 6B over an extremely valuable energy source (shades of Dune), but unfortunately, the plot is just a sci-fi setting for a so-so horror story. The titular screamers are sort of like land mines with artificial intelligence who, of course, run amuck.

Roy Dupuis plays a violent, Shakespeare-quoting psycho named Becker. He is billed second after Weller, but his screen time is way too brief. It's an interesting part, though, and he plays it well. And actually, he looks pretty cool, too. He wears a futuristic grey uniform, his hair is wild, and he has tattooed teardrops under his left eye. (Shades of Nikita.)

This movie isn't all that bad as sci-fi/horror movies go. It has an interesting plot, good acting, and good effects. But the story is just too unbelievable. It had potential, but it never took off.

But at least it was better than Hemoglobin.

Two stars,

Billie
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Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.

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