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Movies I Almost Missed … Dark Planet 1997

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags , , on October 19, 2016 by ThommyMac


The IMDB short descriptions is “Two sides, one known as the Alphas and the other the Rebels, struggle in a brutal war on Earth and in outer space… (99 mins.)”

Director: Albert Magnoli Stars: Paul Mercurio, Harley Jane Kozak, Michael York, Maria Ford

Tagline: There wasn’t one listed but the poster said “One Final Step For Mankind.”

Like so many of the gems covered here, I caught this on Netflix.  I could tell that most of this flick would take place on a spaceship. Well, it didn’t have the best budget BUT it had very good acting, and a good story. I also liked the World War VI angle. That gives so much leeway towards the technology. A couple dark ages and a theocracy or two could really limit things to day to day technology being 1950s with space flight or whatever. York is so underrated, no kidding. He needs a “Private Ryan” level role so he can bow out with an Oscar. For this flick he is very believable, as are the two chicks. The main character’s portrayal by solid acting is what makes this work. Indeed, the acting is how it crosses over from potentially MST3K fodder to a movie worth watching, especially SciFi fans. The rest of the cast goes from above average to very good. Definitely worth a watch. Sometimes sophomore actors supporting some masters gets everyone in character and then a clever director goes from there.  Another example of talent overcoming budget constraints.