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Overall Rating
1.95

Awesome: 2.6%
Worth A Look: 12.99%
Average: 3.9%
Pretty Bad: 37.66%
Total Crap42.86%

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Supernova (2000)
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by Scott Weinberg

"This movie looks like it fell out of a blender."
2 stars

OK, so director Walter Hill quit in a huff, and took his name off the picture (replacing it with 'Thomas Lee', who is apparently the Alan Smithee of the new milennium.) Apparently, Francis Ford Coppola took a shot at editing it for release. It has sat on a studio shelf for about a year and it was never released for critics' screenings. Hey, sounds like my kind of movie!

Alas, I knew I was destined for disappointment. Movies that have such terrible production problems always intrigue me, and especially if it's science-fiction or horror. Well, Supernova certainly isn't as bad as say----Virus, but it's a pretty pathetic affair anyway.

Giant spaceship plot, complete with characters: James Spader plays the tough guy with a checkered past, Angela Bassett is the cold-as-ice (until you give her alcohol apparently) ship doctor, and Lou Diamond Philips and Robin Tunney play medical technicians who screw each other. Literally. A lot. Robert Forster shows up in the beginning to play the ship's captain, but he's been nominated for an Oscar, so you know he won't last too long in crap like this. (Mr. Forster to editor: "Hey, can you edit this so I die BEFORE the main credits?") I also read some things that stated Vincent D'Onofrio was in the cast, but I didn't see him and he's pretty tough to miss.

So this huge medical ship that they all work (and screw) on receives a mysterious S.O.S. from a VERY distant planet. (Gee, has ANYONE NOT seen ALIEN?) So without checking with any superiors or anything, the crew strips naked, climbs into these genetic pod-thingies, and they do an "ultra-groove-warp" thing and show up across the galaxy. (The technology is actually quite similar to Sam Neill's creation in Event Horizon, but since I'm the only person in America who's seen both of these films, I digress.) ANYWAY, if you think they find someone who needs assistance and they take him on board for more screwing, you're half right. The only survivor from this mining colony is some handsome Tom Cruise-lookalike who proceeds to throw people out of airlocks. That's pretty much it. Then it ends.

I'm an easy one to please regarding movies of this nature. Give me some interesting characters, a surprise or two, and a healthy body count and I'm a happy guy. The characters here are completely devoid of anything resembling anything interesting, although Robin Tunney shows her boobies. There are no surprises in Supernova, except maybe the fact that it got a theatrical release at all. And the body count? Lame, and you can always notice the quick-edit, as if they had to chop the money shot to gain that PG-13 rating.

This movie could have been re-edited in any order and it would make the same amount of sense. There are huge plot holes, illogical behavior and instantaneous changes of mood and pacing. Just when the 'adventure' stuff starts to take off, there's a change-over to a pointless and out-of-place exposition scene. Yeah, there's good special effects here, but I think this movie may indeed be another nail in the coffin of the "scriptless special effects parade" movie. If so, we can be grateful to the producers that it was released after all.

It's odd: The word Supernova is NEVER mentioned in the script, and I don't think they ever even SHOWED us one. Also, tell me if you can make sense of the alternately "happy/sad/ridiculous ending". I doubt even Walter Hill, er Thomas Lee could explain it.

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originally posted: 01/19/00 12:31:53
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User Comments

9/12/17 morris campbell good visuals crap movie 1 stars
7/29/16 william netgen a very bad movie. poor sci fi at best...school kids did it 1 stars
9/30/10 PAUL SHORTT DREARY, CONFUSING SCI-FI 1 stars
6/25/05 ELI dubmdubmudmbudmbudbmdubmdudubmdmbudmbuudmbuudmbmbmdddmbudmubmdumbDUMB 1 stars
6/08/05 Jimmy Creeeeeap 1 stars
3/20/05 Tay Would have been a really good movie if they hadnt ended in such a rushed and ridiculous way 3 stars
3/12/05 Jack Smithe more body parts should have been swapped whenever two or more people enter one of the pods 2 stars
7/29/04 DM darkofnight is by far this site's worst critic - his time would be better spent blowing me 1 stars
4/18/04 This Movie Blows Sommersby: "A gem." Me: "A smelly, brown gem from my ass!" 1 stars
3/01/04 Star-Crosser Jack Sommersby and darkofnight should be buried in a vault, along with this movie. 1 stars
2/25/04 john bad science - worse fiction - good visuals and cast can't save this turkey 2 stars
2/20/04 Dr. lecter darkofnight is a stupider cocksucker than this movie! Get rid of the asshole! 1 stars
1/22/04 Abe Giesbrecht A fun sci-fi 4 stars
1/22/04 American Slasher Goddess Sucks big time. 1 stars
3/30/03 jets ............ 5 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Thanks for the literate feedback. 4 stars
2/06/03 Jin Sommersby needs a longer review. Dumbass! 1 stars
12/26/02 Rose I liked it too - not great but not bad 3 stars
12/14/02 Zefram Mann I rented the DVD (with added tit shots) for FREE and I still felt like I got ripped off. 1 stars
12/08/02 Jiz ............................................................................. fuck me. 1 stars
10/24/02 Charles Tatum I liked it... 5 stars
3/12/02 Monday Morning Nice tits can make or break a film. 3 stars
2/28/02 Alan Smithee Robin Tunney's very nice tits are the only thing this movie has going for it. 1 stars
10/25/01 Bill Gains This is the worst movie ever, ever, ever. EVER! Even the 9th dimensional sex toy sucked! 1 stars
9/01/01 Butterbean Hot lookin men in a shitty picture 2 stars
8/06/01 badfish I'm another one who must've seen another Supernova.I liked it! 4 stars
6/03/01 Thrillhouse even worse than Red Planet 1 stars
3/21/00 Laura MacLachlan and $6.50 well wasted 1 stars
3/10/00 Kyle Broflovski I hated it and it hated me. 1 stars
3/06/00 Captain Highcrime Yet another reason why MST3K should continue. 1 stars
2/07/00 Lame-Oh almost made Star Trek seem unwatchable 2 stars
1/24/00 Sweety I must've seen another Supernova, the one w/good acting, dialogue, & a comprehensive story 4 stars
1/21/00 JDC Avoid. Some interesting effects but that's about it. 1 stars
1/21/00 martin retarded 1 stars
1/19/00 Deb Mc Unless you REALLY like SciFi, wait til someone rents the video....bad editing, predictable. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  14-Jan-2000 (PG-13)

UK
  20-Mar-2000

Australia
  21-Sep-2000 (M)




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