Netflix is busy making its own movies now. Despite the bigger budgets, their decision to adopt a slightly different approach to movie production than the big studios leads to a flatter feel for some movies. It allows them to explore ideas that big studios may not and, in the process, generate the 21st century equivalent of ‘straight to cable’ movies. Spectral is – to be fair – better than the ‘straight to’ movies yet still doesn’t quite live up to the expectations or ‘pitch’ you are sold in the trailer. A watchable sci-fi that could have benefitted from a little more script work.
Actors: James Badge Dale
The book adaptation was essentially another Hollywood movie with zombies – albeit hyperactive ones created as a result of an unknown virus. The film lacked engagement, though had the usual set-up of retired special ops family guy recalled to duty to uncover the origin of the plague, but sadly ended with only a partial solution to the problem. It was not the human story I had expected.
Overlong and not difficult to see why it bombed in the US given the historical context and the loose scripting. Depp was Depp, with some nice flourishes here and there but nothing really new and the finale certainly didn’t fit the rest of the film: Why tag on a 90s Bond-esque stunt sequence on to wrap things up?