Supernova

on January 14, 2000 by Dwayne E. Leslie
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   As the audience joins what seems like a film in progress, the crew of a deep space emergency rescue vessel, the Nightingale, is found responding to a distant S.O.S. call. The ship makes a visually exceptional dimension jump--but that is the film's only meritorious moment. While black holes of incredible density are always a risk while navigating the cosmos, the main danger here are plot holes that are just plain dense.
   Like so many films before, the premise is simple (and, by now, simple-minded): A lone drifter turns out not to be what he seems, and crew members begin to mysteriously disappear as they learn more about him and his cargo. There are several moments that feel like everyone left alive is in a hurry to get to the end of the film as quickly as possible--an ending that terminates just as abruptly as the film began, yet couldn't come too soon.    Starring James Spader, Angela Bassett and Peter Facinelli. Directed by Walter Hill. Written by David Campbell Wilson. Produced by Ash R. Shah, Daniel Chuba and Jamie Dixon. An MGM/UA release. Sci-Fi Thriller. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and sensuality/nudity. Running time: 91 min
Tags: tarring James Spader, Angela Bassett and Peter Facinelli. Directed by Walter Hill. Written by David Campbell Wilson, Produced by Ash R. Shah, Daniel Chuba, Jamie Dixon, MGM, Sci-Fi Thriller
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