Screamers (1996)

Wasted allegory.  This Canadian science-fiction film suffers from  
such a fundamental lack of tension that most viewers will probably  
be asleep before they have the chance to mull over such intriguing--  
and ultimately ignored-- issues as the dangers of self-replicating,  
self-evolving technology.  Sci-fan fans should enjoy the first hour  
or so, at least until the effects grow cheesy and the understated  
drama self-evolves into badly misplaced melodrama.  Based on Philip  
K. Dick's 1952 short story "Second Variety." 
Grade: C- 

Copyright 1996 by Michael J. Legeros 

Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: January 28, 1996

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