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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983)

Sometimes an epic journey is not so epic.  Such is the case with the uninspired Prisoners of the Lost Universe.  I watched it because it had John Saxon [Enter the Dragon, A Nightmare on Elm Street], Richard Hatch [Battlestar Galactica] and TV actress Kay Lenz [Midnight Caller].  My mistake!  The problem is not the acting.  The problem is the script.  Prisoners can be best described as a Sci-Fi Kung Fu Western set in a parallel universe.  Sounds confusing?  It is.  Prisoners simply cannot decide what kind of movie it wants to be and its limited budget doesn't help matters either.  Prisoners contains just about every movie cliche in the book and is predictable every step of the way.  Granted this is a made for cable TV movie but, in an era that was post-Star Wars this kind of drivel fells way short of the mark even back then.  I cannot rate it bad because it is decently acted.  However, it ain't good either.  Skip this one unless you're really hard up for entertainment!
RATING: Fair.
Download a copy of the film from Archive.org
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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