After my near meltdown with Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark last year, I decided to give The Asylum another look. And I know I shouldn’t have, but I decided this next attempt based primarily on the cover artwork.
The image of what I thought was Kelly Hu (with dark, mirror-like eyes and a face resembling an old cracked renaissance painting) absolutely compelled me to rent this film. More importantly though, there was no hint of sharks being in the movie. Done and done, I thought. So I moved onto the summary which promised an epic battle between humans and alien invaders. The description added that a team of military and science experts were sent to fight the menace “from the inside out.”
So I’m thinking, cool, maybe Kelly Hu is going to become like a Zerg Queen (or like Sarah Kerrigan) from the Starcraft video game series. As you probably figured out though, that image had nothing to do with the movie. That was by far my biggest let down of this film.
Like most Asylum productions, the film managed to attract familiar faces and an impressive list of actors including Kelly Hu, Anthony Marks and Robert Picardo. Unfortunately, the acting and the score were the only things that were at least halfway decent. Ultimately, a dull script killed this movie. It had so much potential, but zero originality.
The story was one of those mock-busters (or fake blockbuster movie). It borrows elements of many other science fiction movies like Starship Troopers, Armageddon, Independence Day, Stargate, Aliens, and The War of the Worlds (with just a touch of Phantasm thrown in). One might argue that all science fiction movies steal from each other, but the similarities in this case were almost too in your face to think they were not intentional. Ironically, the blockbuster that actually shares a similar name to this film, Edge of Tomorrow, wasn’t really borrowed from.
The story’s misfires really prevented me from immersing myself in this film. For example, there is one moment where they say the meteor’s “projected distance from Earth hasn’t been met” and then they have their ship, which would have landed gently on the meteor had it not slowed down early, suddenly be on a collision course with that meteor. Wouldn’t a scenario like that lead to the ship and meteor being farther apart? And the alien orbs made no sense to me either. One scene their transporting targets. Another moment they’re using destructive force. There’s another scene as well where the group enter a firehouse and meet with a man named Tim Casey. He goes from completely ignoring what’s happening outside to suddenly needed to go to his family (even sighting that the power is out…which didn’t seem to bother him earlier).
I give this film a 1.25 out of 5. I would recommend you avoid this movie.