A group of teenagers get to meet the female president of the future on a space station orbiting a foreign but potentially inhabitable planet, shortly before the president is almost killed by a madman with a ticking time bomb inside him, and they all evacuate the ship in rescue pods, leaving the station to blow up with both madman and all hope of rescue; our cast stranded on this strange planet far from home.
That's mistake #1. The big one. The one that bothers me for the rest of the movie. Why didn't they just eject the bomb instead of themselves?
But of course it's this excuse of an initial premise that leads them into the strange territory within which the rest of the movie takes place. Into hostile territory, and darkness, as the teens are killed off by one by one, and their commanding officer gets taken over by an alien parasite.
There's a little hallucinogenic apple eating too, earlier on some dissecting a frog, some shooting an alien that in retrospect (I guess) was really a shot from the future...
It's not as confusing as it sounds, but a bit messy. Dark, too, did I mention?
They do build up a heavy kind of atmosphere, the filming's good, and it ends with maybe a subtle nod to... hidden agenda? I don't know what they meant there exactly but it's definitely something. Maybe something?
It's not a movie I'd watch again. In the end the incentive seems neither to be action nor meaning, nor love story, nor anything that really inspires me or opens my mind to new things, like I feel that maybe it's meant to.
It comes off feeling a bit self-censoring, a little off, and a little like they might've wanted to do a few different things with this but didn't do any particular one just right. Or maybe all it's meant to be is really, really abstract. And to seem like it might've been more than it was.
It's strange how when Asians do that I usually love it, yet this just feels just weird... props whomever was in the cigarette scene though. For some reason that one felt just perfect. And it's not a bad movie overall.
rated 3/5: not bad