Dark Planet

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Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

2008/ 2009 | 15 | DVD

Orig­i­nally ti­tled Obitae­myy Ostrov ( In­hab­ited Is­land), Dark Planet is the most ex­pen­sive movie ever made in Rus­sia. Re­leased in its home­land in two parts, it sees an in­sipid su­per­hu­man pretty boy crash­land­ing on a dystopian planet and in­cit­ing a revo­lu­tion. The orig­i­nal films had a com­bined run­ning time of 215 min­utes. This ver­sion’s nearly an hour shorter, and feels ex­actly like edited high­lights.

It lurches in style and tone all over the place. One scene looks like Me­trop­o­lis, the next Star­ship Troop­ers, the next Brazil. It’s all not- held- to­gether by a piti­ful lead per­for­mance from a Hay­den Chris­tensen looka­like with the con­stant ex­pres­sion of a baby who’s just spot­ted an in­com­ing breast. Cer­tain scenes have vis­ual splen­dour, but the cu­mu­la­tive ef­fect is like psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare.

Ex­tras: None. Dave Golder

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