Saturday, August 13, 2005

Saturn 3 (1980)


Genre: Adventure Sci-Fi Thriller (UK)

Starring: Kirk Douglas (Gunfight At The O.K. Corral; Paths of Glory), Farrah Fawcett (Dr T and the Women; The Cannonball Run)

Directed By: Stanley Donen (The Grass Is Greener; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)

Overview: When a psychotic captain goes to the tiny outpost of Saturn 3 and uses his own mind to program a research robot, things go a little awry.

Acting: The actors are big names, but I don't know, it seems that Keitel's voice was weird, that Kirk was a little too hammy, and Fawcett played the perfect scared little do-nothing dependent innocent woman. A sign of the times perhaps but the direction was weak. These people know how to act... Must be the director's fault. Bad Donen!
Rating: 5

Cinematography: The images are very cool from time to time, but it would have been nice seeing more outdoor stuff, more space scenes. The special effects and the gore were interesting though weak. The hallway scenes were cool and there were some shots a la 2001, though now that I mention it, I wonder if it was more rip off than tribute.
Rating: 6

Script: The writing was fair, yes, but the premises and the universe that unfolded in the dialogue was again a little too out there for my human nature to embrace. It seems everything about this movie is mediocre. I wish I could say that it was better, but it's not. The best lines definitely belong to the captain, and to the robot Hector.
Rating: 6

Plot: Do not think that even as late as the 80s, they would so something as blatantly convenient as having the means of escape blown up remotely. Look when there's aliens and war I can see a ship having a self-destruct button. But in this universe, what the hell was that?! Stupid. Otherwise the suspense was pretty decent, though there were a few twists that were too convenient. Eihn, weak, and what an abrupt ending!
Rating: 5

Mood: The robot really needed a head. I don't see how this heavily armored and intelligent thing would have no metal covering it's sight input, a very important and now made vulnerable commodity. The person who lent this to me said, "one of the classic Sci-Fi horror robots, come on." Pff as if. The robot and the believability of the universe and having only 2 people living on a base that supplies the earth with hydroponic food research? You'd think there'd be a facility with more than 2 people and 3 simple chintzy robots. I didn't really believe it, and hence the mood was not captivating.
Rating: 4


Overall Rating: 52% (Rings around BORED)

Aftertaste: Ever head of this? Me neither. "What the hell..." I thought. This is what this movie hobby is all about: new discoveries. Well I guess I can say I discovered something that was lost to the ages. Why on earth would this be lost to the ether? Cause it's really not all that good. There's better Sci-Fi Horror out there, and Sigourney Weaver and H.R. Geiger really raised the bar. Another for the "seen it" pile.