Paranoia and science fiction go hand in hand. Movies like the The Thing proved this more than anything, Stranded is the new film that stars Christian Slater as a captain of a crew on an isolated moon base. After a hit by an asteroid on the base, the crew has to scurry to close up certain hatches so they can survive. They send the lieutenant Ava (Amy Matysio) to close up the bay door when she is attacked by something that may be more than just an asteroid.
Stranded carries an all too familiar formula of an alien infection that causes the small crew to turn on one another. The infection impregnates Ava and within a matter of moments she delivers the alien spawn. She is being held under observation by the doctor on board Dr. Lance Krauss played by Brendan Fehr. Ava knows that something evil has come out of her but what she does not know is how deadly it truly is. The rest of the crew thinks she is just hallucinating due to the leak of carbon monoxide in the air. Things take a turn for the worse as the other crew member Bruce (Michael Therriault) is bitten by the creature. Both the captain and doctor don’t believe there is a creature on board. The monster escapes to the ventilation system and beings an observation of Bruce and eventually becomes an exact duplication of him bent on on killing everyone on the ship.
There is plenty of things to like in Stranded. The cast does a fairly good job of moving the film along. The standout in the film by far in Amy Matysio, while Slater’s performance is less than desirable. He is still a name and not terrible in Stranded, it’s just not a memorable performance. The replication of the creature is more than welcomed in this CGI filled genre so seeing an actual make up monster is always pleasing. There is really no twists or turns in the movie it’s pretty straight on. I have no problem with that as adding more confusion to the movie could have allowed this to drag on while we figured out what was going on. Luckily that did not happen.
Really my main issue with Stranded is huge but no way makes this movie horrible. The problem is so much of this story has been done before it make Stranded hinge on being irrelevant. You name the sci fi movie in the past two decades and you can find a piece of Stranded in there. Hey it’s not all bad because some people enjoy throwbacks to their favorites. I wish i could say the same here for Stranded. From the first fifteen minutes you can see the potential this film has to lead you away to something new but unfortunately it does not pan out that way. I’d say give Stranded a shot to fulfill you horror/sci fi quota for the month but I won’t be surprised if you pass this up. 2/5
Stranded is directed by Roger Christian (Battlefield Earth) and stars Christian Slater, Brendan Fehr, Amy Matysio, and Michael Therriault. It has a running time of 84 mins. It will be available on VOD and limited theaters on July 26th. It is distributed by RLJ/Image Entertainment.