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 A.P.E.X. / APEX / Advanced Prototype EXploration unit / АРЕХ / Зенит

Режиссер: Phillip J. Roth

Страна: USA

Жанр: Sci-Fi

Год выпуска: 1994

Актеры: Richard Keats (as Nicholas Sinclair), Mitchell Cox (as Shepherd), Lisa Ann Russell (as Natasha Sinclair), Marcus Aurelius (as Taylor), Adam Lawson (as Rasheed), David Jean Thomas (as Dr. Elgin), Brian Richard Peck (as Desert Rat), Anna B. Choi (as Mishima), Kristin Norton (as Johnson), Jay Irwin (as Gunney), Robert Tossberg (as 1973 Father), Kathleen Lambert (as 1973 Mother (as Kathy Lambert)), Kareem H. Captan (as Joey), Merle Nicks (as Old Man), Natasha Roth (as Desert Child)

Описание:
2073 год. В результате ошибки в эксперименте доктор Николас Синклер переносится в прошлое на сто лет, да не один, а в компании с агрессивными роботами. Вся история человечества идет наперекосяк, и люди погрязают в жутких войнах со взбесившимися механизмами. Все оставшееся экранное время Синклер ищет способы вернуть события в нормальную историческую колею, а заодно и вернуть любовь девушки с красивым американским именем Наташа Андропова. (Иванов М.)

Рецензии:
Nicolas Sinclair is one of the team operating the time travelling APEX (Advanced Prototype EXploration unit) in the year 2073. When one of the APEX probes is accidentally sent back to an area containing a family in 1973, a sterilisation probe is launched to destroy any chance of a time paradox. However Sinclair himself goes back to 1973 to stop the unit – but in doing so he creates a paradox and unleashes a virus. When he returns to 2073 he finds the paradox has created a new timeline where the humans are in a war with APEX units sent from hi timeline to destroy the paradox.

Have you seen Terminator – you bet your ass that Phillip J. Roth has! He certainly drew a lot of inspiration from it when he wrote this. Having said that, the story is actually alright – the whole time travel, killer robots thing has been done before, but that doesn't make it less interesting. It doesn't go anywhere unexpected but it is not as bad as you suspect it might be.

What does let the story down a little is the rest of the production. Produced by Talaat Captan (strangely no Oscar nominations yet!) it seems his biggest input was to get his son cast in one of the roles. The whole thing has a TVM feel – despite the swearing and violence. The special effects are cheap and very reminiscent of a straight to video sci-fi, the locations are good if basic – only the occasional interior shot looks like cardboard. But really you can see the budget constraints up there on screen.

The tight budget goes through to the cast – they aren't great and aren't helped by some poor dialogue. Keats, Cox, Russell etc are all TVM actors but they do actually do alright considering. The APEX units themselves are mixed – they look cheap at first, but then you forget that they look cheap. But then after a while you realise that they're rubbish – they can't shoot straight at all while the humans just need one powerful hit to get them (or even a music CD!). This takes away from the tension of the film – at least with Arnie you knew without a doubt that he was one mean mother who wasn't going to miss!

Overall this has some entertaining moments but is really a TVM with attitude – catch it now on the bottom shelf of your video store….

Время: 96 мин
Дисков: 1 шт
Video format: DivX 3.11 Low Motion
Audio format: MPEG Layer 3 (MP3)
Разрешение: 512x384
Размер: 698 Mb
Перевод: English
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