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When malfunctions aboard a commercial vessel force a change of course to the remote asteroid colony Somnus, the crew soon discover the inhabitants of Somnus have a dark past and troubling plans for the future of mankind.
A grief stricken captain embarks on his final mission in command of an ageing cargo ship. The ship's small crew, frustrated and discontented with their lives in deep space, try to complete a successful mission but the ship has ideas of its own. Soon, an 'accident' onboard forces a diversion to Somnus, a derelict asteroid station in a forgotten sector of the solar system. They soon discover the colony is populated by a mysterious and sinister cult, hell-bent on dark plans for Earth. The crew's hope of sanctuary on Somnus soon turns to peril, as they fight for their own survival against the colonists, and humanity's ultimate fate. Terrifying truths about the end of life on Earth soon force the captain to face up to his personal torment leading to a climatic and exciting conclusion.

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Filmed inside a Hawker Siddeley Nimrod.

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    • Author: Dobpota
    I wanted to enjoy this as the premise seemed so much like intelligent Sci-Fi.

    Performances where OK but the wandering story and pace just seemed to make it difficult to follow and really work out what was happening here.

    Some of the work with miniatures here looked pretty good but it doesn't make up for the confused story. Some of the flashbacks actually upset the pace for me and the clichéd bad computer didn't help. All a little obvious!

    Summary - some good filmmaking mixed up in some bad writing.
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    • Author: Cobandis
    yes, i gave it a 3.

    Because it is the kind of movie i hate, but they (those who wrote the plot and ads) tricked me into watching it.. Oh, my.

    The story: there are 4 little pigs on a ship. They try to go to the market and..well, you can imagine the rest.

    There are so many slows, and stops, and things that looks like wannabe "2001 space Odyssey", but they are just heavy waiting times put there to achieve a couple of hours where it could last only 20 minutes.

    The voices remind me of a "star wars making" interview: at some point, people looking at Darth Vader and asking each other "really, is he really going to have *that* voice? (assuming the Scottish accent of the actor was an anti-climax). Well, here you got just that: the actors voices, making them look dumb whenever they were trying to look tragic.

    Half of the movie, i didn't understand.

    Sort of flashbacks from the pilot that lies sleeping nowhere, a co-pilot screaming like a little girl and then acting like Rambo I to IV all together, the mad computer that nobody can stop until a guy just pop open the impossible-to-open-door and kills it (yep, just like a snap.. why didn't they do that before everyone was killed?), the train thing at the beginning, and even a recycled stargate to signify the end of the world.. not to mention the flight instruments that came out of a 70's cargo plane rather than 23rd century cargo spaceship. With analog speedometers! (or something like that).

    I am not sure i'm being objective writing this.

    All i can say, i went to look a sci-fi sort of action movie, and ended up in some director's mental puzzle.

    And the "exciting ending" is nowhere, honestly.
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    • Author: Ballazan
    i have never gone out of my way before this ,so here i go rubbish,,,?I love SF in all it's forms ,,,,but this has to be the worst yet ,,for this age we live in how does any body put $$$$ into this ??? i am so angry at the fact that i watched this rubbish ,,i hope the writer/director never get a chance to do this to us again,,,the story is broken at best,with reflection going back to 2001 space odyssey with Hal is made into a female,,the captains sleep helmet some sort of boring dream time (lol),,, ,the creature looks like a gremlin ,the set around the eighties the direction is poor,so i don't blame the actors. i really looked for some think nice to say ,,sooo the 1950's train engine is cool. Cheers to all SF lovers who what to believe like me Darren E
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    • Author: Ginaun
    I bought this film on DVD and feel that the independent film on the disc was badly served by the artwork on the box.

    It isn't a blockbuster, and, really, it doesn't try to be. This is an old fashioned sci-fi film that tries to play for tension and atmosphere rather than thrills and explosions.

    In reality, I'm not sure it always achieves this, but it is a good, honest, attempt at it!

    There are some notable performances - especially Mac McDonald, who is as good as you would expect, and there is an inspired choice of location for the ship-board shots, but, ultimately, I think it fails to make the most of the "story" and there is an uncomfortable shift of gears from ship location to the other location.

    Watch this as an independent, low-budget sci-fi made in an old-fashioned style, and you won't be far away from the director's intentions. Believe the box art and posters and you'll be disappointed.
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    • Author: Timberahue
    Well, that's 1:22 that I just wasted. Half-way through I realized that it was too deep for me.

    A bunch of derelict-type space-trash are on some type of a mission that get sidetracked to an old forgotten colony that is wonderfully verdant – except for some all the residents (perhaps the offspring of the original settlers? It was at this point that I decided that I simply did not care)

    I'm sure that the movie will appeal to some. Just not to me. I've been blamed as being too shallow to appreciate fine art. It could be. I just do not think that this movie is an example of fine art.
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    • Author: Scream_I LOVE YOU
    Contains a plot developing spoiler mentioned in IMDb story line, but not the very end, strongly hinted at in the same spot.

    The production opens in 1952 with a book that we see again an hour into the film...shortly after our crew arrives at Somnus which is an asteroid in our own solar system and not some distant planet as I was taken in by the DVD cover art. I think it is Latin for "snoozer." If you have seen the superior film, "2001..." or better yet read the book, you will see a similarity in themes and plots. HAL has become Meryl and aliens helped us develop as ancient astronauts once again crop up and that other thing I won't mention. This film spent way too much time in space and could have better developed the past and the plot better instead of concentrating too hard on building lame characters of which only one really mattered.

    The sound track is New Age music. The way the 1952 book tied in was the most fascinating part of the film, yet they keep it a mystery and only give it one good scene, meanwhile we get to see the hibernation matrix over and over as filler.

    Guide: F-word. No sex or nudity
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    • Author: Alsath
    After few hundred miles in this beautiful World, i choose this movie for a bit of relaxation. And indeed was a good idea. Not a hundred million movie, but a cool-relaxing end of humanity movie, with a computer with an agenda, a forgotten human colony, an eating-humans astro-dog LOL and ofcorse some unknown aliens that purge all in their way, just because some humans are aggressive. Not want to start and give hints to that smart-calm- aliens about how to calm people down... for example with a 'good' air- virus... or say bad words about them... hey idi.ots... only you have permission to destroy?! If humans are aggressive they must all die? LOL But this was time of relaxing, not to scream to the producers... so the movie accomplished its purpose. For that and only for that it have note 8.
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    • Author: Qucid
    The acting in this movie is what kills it When the best actor/actress in the movie is the voice acting of the ship computer you know you are in trouble The idea behind the movie does deserve merit but the execution is really bad Minor spoiler ahead : The interaction between the crew members feels like they only met that day for the first time the lunatics on the station in the end don't feel menacing or insane just stupid

    Its not worth watching
  • Credited cast:
    Rohit Gokani Rohit Gokani - Rupert
    Victoria Oliver Victoria Oliver - Emily
    Robert Myler Robert Myler - Old Gentleman
    Wayne Swann Wayne Swann - Station Master
    Tom Bonington Tom Bonington - David Evans
    Klemens Koehring Klemens Koehring - Stewart
    Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
    Cullum Austin Cullum Austin - Harry Finch
    David Edgar David Edgar - Policeman
    Meryl Griffiths Meryl Griffiths - Meryl
    Darren Higham Darren Higham - Medical Droid (voice)
    Don McCorkindale Don McCorkindale - Professor (voice)
    Mac McDonald Mac McDonald - The Guardian
    Marcus McMahon Marcus McMahon - Harry Emerson
    Jennifer Moylan-Taylor Jennifer Moylan-Taylor - Paula
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