- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Jan
In Jon Amiel's old-fashioned B-movie
Most religious press critics are amused, but not impressed, with this formulaic entertainment.
Phil Boatwright (Movie Reporter) says, "You pretty much have to leave intellect and reason at the door, but depending on your mood, you'll either get into the exciting perils, or you may just find the constant difficulties and the made-up scientific jargon to be tedious."
Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) says the screenwriters should have considered making their story a comedy. "What they have put up on the screen is the most unintentionally funny film that I've seen in years. The problem is that we're laughing at it instead of with it. What makes this big budget action picture so laughable, aside from its ludicrous premise, is the unapologetic way it employs the clichés of the genre."
Gerri Pare (Catholic News Service) calls it "a fairly suspenseful film. But at 136 minutes it's overlong, some dialogue falls flat, and, most of all, it's pretty preposterous."
But Holly McClure (Crosswalk) responds with enthusiasm: "
Bob Smithouser (Focus on the Family) says, "I liked this energetic B-movie. [It] focuses on noble people rising to meet an enormous challenge without concern for their own safety. The action peril is intense at times, but it exists to make a grander statement: Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for a friend. Or his family. Or his country. Or his planet. If the folks onscreen can unite and solve their crisis, maybe world peace isn't so impossible after all."
And Movieguide's reviewer is thrilled. "Credit … must go to the excellent script by Cooper Layne and John Rogers, as well as the edge-of-your-seat direction by Jon Amiel. [
Mainstream critics classify it as a decent rental for those in search of mindless entertainment. Roger Ebert says, "