If you're stranded, this could be the movie for you.
Branded with the scarlet letters of "A" for his Oscar winning work on "Aliens" and "B" for his directing the infinitely panned "Battlefield Earth," director Roger Christian gives us a little bit of both while reminding us how grateful we are to have a pause button.
"Stranded" is a low budget sci-fi film starring Christian Slater a the captain of a four man crew operating a lunar base. The astronauts are assaulted by a freak meteor storm knocking out communications, and threatening base operations by flooding itwith "carbon dioxide" (yes, it's supposed to be carbon monoxide). The crew quickly finds out that within the meteors is a spore that quickly infects and impregnates the sole female crew member Ava (Amy Matysio).
Before you can say 'You are the father,", the baby is born leapfrogs puberty and becoming a fully grown adult in about 10 minutes. Like most adults, he wants to kill his family, which in this case are the astronauts.
The acting almost makes up for the such low budget staples as the recycled sets, low light throughout most of the film to instill fear, and a portable book light used as a form of interplanetary communicator. Oddly enough, it's that kind of clearance aisle cheesiness that makes "Stranded" sort of adorable. It relies on miniature sets over CGI and enough fake blood to remind you that people are still fighting for their lives. With a budget of less than $2 million, we're lucky we didn't see the boom mic in some shots.
"Stranded" is why Christian Slater still has a career, why the "Alien" franchise will never be in any real danger, and more importantly why you have Video On Demand.