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Aboard the Russian space station AVNA, scientists are working on a top secret experiment that will put an end to the world's energy crisis. When the station is hit by a violent meteor storm, knocked off its orbit and sent hurtling to Earth, the crew of the American space shuttle Atlantis are sent up to rescue them and salvage the valuable technology. Led by veteran pilot and Commander Ed Carpenter (Michael Dudikoff), the Atlantis crew encounters problem after problem, and when their shuttle sustains heavy damage during a docking procedure, their hopes of a safe return to Earth look over.

Review by Craig Miller
Sometimes it's easy to get an idea what a film is going to be like when you take a good look at the people involved in the project, and when you combine the people involved in Stranded with the movie itself, the results are not good.

Firstly, acting, and Michael Dudikoff should be the first warning light to go off in your head, as the days of his tidy performances in the American Ninja franchise are long, long since over. Likewise with the name Ice-T (real name Tracy Marrow, yes, Tracy), he might be synonymous with hardcore rap group Body Count and also with refreshing, cool beverages, but his acting prowess has never been much of a highlight.

Secondly, the crew, and the big name that springs to mind here is director Ed Raymond, better known as Fred Olsen Ray. Now although the name may not be familiar to many out there, any mention of his previous works including such gems as Bikini Hoe-Down, Dinosaur Girls, Bikini Drive-In, Scream Queen Hot Tub Party and Maximum Revenge, is likely to see red flags go up everywhere.

Basically, Stranded is the cinematic equivalent of Ebola - the bad acting makes your eyes bleed, the dialogue takes care of the ears and the cheesy plot points and horribly clichéd characters leave you convulsing on the floor!

It's hokey B-grade science fiction that could be used as a training video as what NOT to do when making a feature film. There are sets used for multiple location shoots that have just one or two things changed to give the impression that it's a different location; during space walk scenes you can see all the wire work (and I mean all of it!), actors flinch, grimace and barely look at where they are shooting when they use their firearms in the film's opening shoot-out scenes; there is a high-speed car chase where the driver is dead and yet the car speeds up and slows down and, the real B-grade giveaway, when the meteor shower peppers the space station there is the odd flashing light and jolty camera with actors staggering from side to side to simulate a rocking station. In a word...crap!

Published: August 12, 2004

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(US, 2001)

CAST: Michael Dudikoff, Ice-T, Hannes Jaenicke, Yvette Nipar, Chick Vennera, Richard Gabai,

DIRECTOR: Ed Raymond

SCRIPT: Patricia McKiou

RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes

PRESENTATION: 1.85:1 widescreen, 16:9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 5.1



DVD RELEASE: July 22, 2004

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