Wednesday, July 11, 2018
5TH PASSENGER (Directed by Scotty Baker)*
Set in 2151, after the Yellowstone Caldera volcano erupts throwing the Earth into chaos, this sci-fi film reveals a kind of confusing plot. A secretly pregnant female officer and her four-man crew adrift in deep space in an escape pod after their transport ship explodes before reaching the new home planet, face all kinds of conflicts and secrets. They fight amongst themselves as they run low on air, but must work together to find a vicious alien hiding aboard their craft before it kills them all. There is a bad boy in this film and he gets what’s coming to him. This could be a semi- cultish film, but (and maybe because) it suffers from poor acting. It’s a low budget version of a Star Trek take-off episode. Diana, who played the psychic from the Next Generation is in it too. Special effects were minimal but effective. In the end, it was funny for being so bland, or should I say – bad.