Tuesday, 13 March 2012
SPACE MARINES (1997)
With effects straight out of the Babylon 5 school of Making The Best Out Of Limited Resources (and even stealing things outright – there's a B5 jump gate in the first five minutes!), characters stolen outright from Aliens, a soundtrack ripped off from Starship Troopers, and villains out of some forgotten 80s cartoon, it's hard to take seriously, but if you have a taste for the ridiculous and can enjoy a film even when it's atrocious, you'll love it.
Of course, many will be confused by the title, as it's not about the iconic Space Marines of the Warhammer universe, but rather a bunch of generic marines in a generic future setting going through a generic story about a bunch of badasses fighting other badasses in order to save a dignitary and take back a cargo ship stuffed with a valuable ore. The space battles and human action scenes are straight out of everyone's boyhood dreams, which is where they should really have stayed. Space Marines is big, dumb fun with a tiny budget, and if you're in the mood, it's awesome. If not, then it's hilarious. Either way, everyone's a winner.