There are tons of sci-fi films released all the time, but much like every genre they are always hit and miss. As with the horror genre science fiction seems to be a hard one to deliver something new and different, so filmmakers have to focus more on the story and effects as opposed to the overall idea. The latest Scavengers looks to be hitting generic science fiction but bringing along Sean Patrick Flanery and Jeremy London to bring the recognizable faces, but does it deliver the needed elements to make for some great sci-fi?
Scavengers follows a team of space scavengers who fight against a rival crew or mercenaries to locate a piece of alien technology that threatens the balance of the universe. Initially this movie had some real potential with the effects and simplistic story but as it moved forward it kind of got lost in itself. The effects looked good for half of the film, but later some of the space/ship stuff looks more animated/video game-esque and takes you out of the realism of the film itself. The story works fine and had the feel of old sci-fi films of the 80s like Battle Beyond the Stars and Ice Pirates, but instead of the comedic cheesy nature takes a darker tone which works for the most part. This simplistic style works great for science fiction but only if it delivers. The performances were all decent, with the exception of the usually good Flanery. He was using some kind of strange southern voice and mumbling making it hard to understand him for most of the film. The editing made it a bit of a challenge to follow for the first half as you get lost trying to figure out what group you are dealing with because everything looks the same. It finds it’s footing a bit later and you know who is a part of what crew and in turn the movie works a bit better. Much like with a lot of these movies there are some stupid decisions made by the characters that don’t do much other than cause them more frustrating issues.
As a whole this movie has a lot of issues, but if watched as a TV type release then it works fine. For a straight to vide release the effects are really good for most of the film and there is some fun action, but still manages to be pretty average. If you are a die-hard sci-fi fan then you might have some fun with this film especially if you like the older style.