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Alien Hunter

Alien Hunter

Ron Krauss (2003)

87min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Contrary to its misleading title, there's not much extraterrestrial hunting going on in this flimsy and derivative sci-fi thriller. In fact, the stereotyped characters do more sitting around and talking than anything else, as cryptologist James Spader helps unfeasibly good-looking polar scientists decode radio signals emitting from a mysterious object discovered in the Antarctic ice. Though an engaging Spader's hardly stretching himself (basically reprising his Stargate role), he and his fellow cast members make the most of the limited material: earnestly rising above the mounting implausibilities and stitched-together ideas, stolen from the likes of Alien and John Carpenter's The Thing. Claustrophobic visuals and an urgent soundtrack provide a reasonable splash of atmosphere, while the special effects and criminally underused alien are surprisingly decent for a TV movie.

Summary

A communications expert heads for an isolated research station in the Antarctic, where strange radio signals have been detected coming from an object in the ice. The scientists succeed in breaking the artefact open, unleashing a strange alien creature and a flesh-eating virus that endangers all life on Earth. Sci-fi thriller, starring James Spader, Janine Eser and John Lynch.

Cast & Crew

Julian Rome James Spader
Dr Kate Brecher Janine Eser
Dr Michael Straub John Lynch
Dr Alexi Gierach Nikolai Binev
Nyla Olson Leslie Stefanson
Shelly Klein Aimee Graham
Grisham Carl Lewis
Dacia Svetla Vasileva
Director Ron Krauss
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Violence, swearing Available on: Available on DVD

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