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Supernova (2000)
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Bad, but not half as bad as all the fuss was about."
2 stars

For all of the worries that MGM lost over Supernova, including the firing of two directors, the resignation of another, a runaway budget, negative test audience reactions, etc., it only makes the movie appear even worse than it is and attracts a negative outlook. Generally, when a studio is afraid of negative reaction, they won’t screen the movie, and such was the case with Supernova. It isn’t MGM’s first time (off the top of my head Species II went deservedly unscreened), but why not risk it like they did with Stigmata? A guilty pleasure of mine, Stigmata was still critically lambasted, but yet they still took the chance.

Supernova is an Alien rehash (as was Alien an elaborated version of It! the Terror From Space) where from the get-go you have an unhealthy premonition of what’s to come. The Nightingale ship is crewed by six members (Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, James Spader, Robin Tunney, Wilson Cruz, and Lou Diamond Phillips). Serving as a medical response team they get a distress call from many-a-million light years away, and through a bunch of would-be jumbled sci-fi talk, make the dimension jump. Forster, the captain, is fused to his glass pod upon arrival and dies. They pick up an injured unconscious John Doe (Peter Facinelli), who, within minutes is back in shape, and has brought upon a deadly bomb disguised as an alien artifact, which would be taken back to Earth (I presume), and set off. Supposedly it would briefly flourish everything before sucking the planet dry –it’s way of dealing with competitive planets. With the exception of Bassett, everyone thinks everything is just peachy. The alien artifact attracts Phillips who loses interest in his lustful lover/colleague Tunney, while the soon to be proved proliferate intruder seduces and disposes of her. Within a block of five minutes, both characters receive a mega-beating, and are jettisoned of into space. The rest of the movie centers around an attempt to kill the crew off and get the bomb/artifact to Earth.

The first two directors, Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper) and Jack Sholder (Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2) were fired before filing even began and ss they went to Walter Hill (48 Hrs., Last Man Standing) who eventually walked off after the initial filming and disputes with MGM. Francis Ford Coppola and others re-cut the movie into an 88-minute offal, and in hopes of avoiding an “Alan Smithee” film (the infamous pseudonym used when a director wants his name removed), both Hill and MGM agreed on the fictitious name “Thomas Lee.’

It was obvious that there was much more to Supernova than what we saw, and even as much as Hill’s tendency towards “big action,” he was much more low-key on special effects, something of which a lot more was added afterwards. The camerawork was jumpy, jittery, and static, making your eyes feel astigmatic as they unsuccessfully tried to encompass all the passing images. There are some pangs of sex, mostly Tunney and Facinelli (but also Tunney and Phillips) fakely floating around, but also including a similar zero-gravity sex scene with Bassett and Spader (who sees more action in this PG-13 than he did in sex, lies and videotape) as their heads are computer animated over Tunney and Facinelli’s.

The story is a hack job, and amateurly done by three guys who range from some passable experience (David C. Wilson: Tomorrow Never Dies, Bram Stoker’s Dracula) to little but unacceptable experience (William Malone: Universal Soldier II: The Return), to none at all (Daniel Chuba). Supernova is extremely perfunctory and oblique, and the haphazardly truncated editing job leaves the movie bleeding from the jugular. But what’s left of the narrative is hard to just considering all the missing pieces (well, not really; it sounded like a horrible idea from the conception). It was very visible throughout the entirety of the movie to see gaping holes and sudden, superficial developments that were just implicated and glossed over. You can’t fault the lack of chemistry on the actors since basically their performances were minced up and reorganized. It was easy however, to assess the over the top performance of Facinelli, the cold, impalpable Spader, and the one-dimensional Phillips. Bassett had nothing to work with, but Cruz caught my eye. Unfortunately, he didn’t stick around for its entirety. As for Forster, he was gone in a blink.

Another inconsistency: in a voice over by Forster, he explains how cartoons like Tom & Jerry are banned in the 24th century because of subconscious attraction to violence, when the press kit states that this takes place in the 22nd century. Supernova was just a bad schlock rehashed sci-fi movie that was unable to eluctate the superficiality and necessary kinks for it to be presented as any other type of genre besides that of Mistake.

Final Verdict: D+

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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 kids did it 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
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