'Scavengers' is one of those movies you were looking forward to watching, to only be ultimately let down.
As a reviewer sometimes you get good movies, sometimes not so good movies.
Unfortunately this was a not so good movie.
As already said, it plays out like a bad 90's videogame, every now and then attempting to feel like other sci-fi classics such as 'Star Trek' and other space set shows but failing.
It's hard to write a review for this movie, I never felt like I truly knew what was going on, and not in a good way like Donnie Darko or The Matrix.
I just couldn't get myself in to the movie despite really liking one of the main actors, Sean Patrick Flanery of 'The Boondock Saints' and 'The Devils Carnival'.
The basic plot though is that a group of space soldiers (as it's also known as) on a ship called the Revelator, discover a very powerful alien artifact that can apparently knock the whole universe off balance. Well, some Mercs that know the power of the relic are soon chasing after them and the Space Soldiers of the Revelator have to protect the relic and themselves.
Straight from the get go you understand that these guys can't act. Even SPF has a hard time being a decent actor in this one, probably realising what trash the actual screenplay is but having signed a contract, has to do it.
Some of the scenes feel completely random too, fight scenes jump in from nowhere, subplots begin that take away from what story you do understand, and you don't care about them either.
I'm not going in to the whole death scenes, they are simply put, that silly, although I will mention one was hilarious and the reactions from the other people in the room was timeless, as a guy explodes, the others just stand in shock with blood smothered over them and it feels strange how long they don't wash it off.
There really is no depth to the film.
Oh I also have to say none of the characters know how to use weapons. You think being Soldiers as the alternate title states, or Scavengers as the UK title states, they would know something at least.
Just count the accidental shots of guns in the film.
Lets move on to the effects.
Where do I start?
Have you ever seen the UK series 'Red Dwarf'?
In that they use really random things for the sets like cardboard egg trays on walls, and didn't have enough budget for special effects. Well I'm pretty sure this movie had more of a budget for special effects than 'Red Dwarf' and lets just say 'Red Dwarf' effects are still a damn mile better.
In all honesty I bet most of the budget went on to securing SPF to be in the film.
I have no idea really what else to say.
There could be a sequel as it sets itself up nicely, but lets hope that doesn't happen.
I'd rather watch Dario Argento's Dracula 3D again than this.
The DVD is also void of special features.
In all I have to give this:
If you wish to pre-order the film though: