Top critical review
October 20, 2018
I blame the writers.
This was an interesting idea for what could have been a top-notch science fiction/adventure film but, instead, it's so badly written that it's little more than a cliche-ridden mash-up. Those cliches extend beyond the dialogue all the way through the plot (what there is of it) and the characters. Of course the peace-loving primatologist is a former Special Forces soldier; of course the beautiful scientist has a troubled past stemming from the death of her brother at the hands of an unfeeling, greedy corporation... my point is, there are just too many stereotypes; too many cliches to make this film resonate with very many viewers.
And that's too bad because the first 10-15 minutes of the film are actually pretty good. An unauthorized experiment on a space station goes horribly wrong resulting in an explosion that sends debris hurtling to earth. That debris contains trace elements of the experiment that turn three animals into monsters: A wolf, a crocodile, and an albino gorilla grow to huge proportions and two of them also grow weird spikes on their back. (Why the gorilla doesn't grow any spikes is never quite explained but...)
The special effects are passable and, given what the director had to work with, the film moves along at a decent, pretty controlled pace. The acting isn't great but, again, the cast wasn't given much to work with in this film. Essentially, the actors are asked to deliver one cliche-ridden line after another and I have to believe it's difficult to infuse much emotion into dialogue that banal.
In the end, I gave it 3 stars because the opening scenes were pretty good and because this started out as a good idea for what could have been a really fun and entertaining film.