Director: Jim Isaac
Written by: Todd Farmer
Weapon of Choice: Sleeping Bag
Based upon: Original
Other movies in this series:
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th Part 2
Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
Freddy vs. Jason
The tyranist's thoughts
I have to admit that I was looking forward to this one with a glee generally reserved for Trekkies waiting for the newest series to start. Glee aside, I figured the movie was going to suck at least some. I mean, come on. This series hasn't been "good" since episode 4. Even that is a little questionable.
So somebody finally confined Jason Voorhees to a research center with the idea of putting him in cryogenic stasis. A reasonable idea, but, of course, the corporate types think that more would be gained from studying a live specimen. They all die, with the exception of the sensitive, intelligent, beautiful scientist who wanted to freeze him in the first place. Well she manages to do it, freeze Jason that is, and then they all wake up on a space ship 450 years in the future. Hmm. Nowhere to run to on a space ship.
The premise isn't half bad and the script was decent. This isn't the kind of movie that would get nominated for any awards anyway, so as long as there are a few decent moments, everything's fine. The cast made the movie enjoyable. I particularly liked Lexa Doig, but I've been watching her on "Andromeda" and liking her for a while. Kane Hodder brought the beast to life and it is pretty much what we've come to expect.
Now, I rushed out opening day to see this one, but judging by the box-offcie take, none of you did. Let me tell you this then, there is at least one scene in the movie that makes it worth seeing. If I had to rank this among the rest of the franchise, I'd say it's the best one since 4.
My review isn't quite so glowing.
Parts of Jason X are so much like Aliens James Cameron is probably spinning in his grave. For example, the character with experience facing the evil has been frozen and thawed in the future, where she's the only living person to survive previous encounters with the threat. Of course, she tries to warn the others, but they dismiss her suggestions and in an original move . . . the cocky military punks get wiped out. There's one greedy bastard who thinks the evil (Jason, in this case) shouldn't be destroyed, but preserved for study and profit. And here's a unique detail: the ship has an android on board!
If you think I'm being too hard on this film, let me admit that hey, it steals liberally from Alien too.
On the positive side, at least in the twenty-fifth century all women are attractive (none as attractive as our 21st Century gal, but hey, that only makes me feel better). And it has a big body count. There were a couple of good concepts, such as an awesome scene where Jason enters a virtual Crystal Lake environment.(very cute) and a couple moments in the Jason-versus-the-android-sex-bot sequence, and in fact, the basic premise (Jason unthawed on a futuristic spacecraft) isn't a bad one, but the dialogue and characters sucked harder than a ten-pound mosquito.
I hate Robo-Jason, by the way.
It was filled to the toilet brim with execrable dialogue. Too bad the people from 2455 speak just like the idiots in 2000. Each character was less likable than the last, but the special effects were quite good, the gore effects also nice, and Jason does have a certain bit of charisma. Also, the lead girl was quite lovely, as tyranist mentioned in his review.
I didn't think the film was any good, but it was fun, and that counts for a lot. Except for the dialogue, it was serviceable, almost enjoyable. Oh, wait, there was a terrible moment at the end, which virtually guaranteed a groan from every audience (did they groan, tyranist? [No. I don't think that the audience I saw it with realized they were going to a Friday the 13th movie.]). Even so, there was that fun factor, which has saved many, many bad movies. I'd still recommend this to the easily amused, big fans of the franchise, and people who smoke a lot of pot.
Total Skulls: 24
|Rips off earlier film|
|Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie|
|Future celebrity appears|
|Former celebrity appears|
|Girl unnecessarily gets naked|
|Death associated with sex|
|Unfulfilled promise of nudity|
|Characters forget about threat|
|Power is cut|
|Phone lines are cut|
|Someone investigates a strange noise|
|Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door|
|Camera is the killer|
|Victims cower in front of a window/door|
|Victim locks self in with killer|
|Victim running from killer inexplicably falls|
|Toilet stall scene|
|Car stalls or won't start|
|Cat jumps out|
|Stupid discovery of corpse|
|No one believes only witness|
|Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth|
|Warning goes unheeded|
|Music detracts from scene|
|Death in first five minutes|
|x years before/later|
|Dark and stormy night|
|Killer doesn't stay dead|
|Killer wears a mask|
|Killer is in closet|
|Killer is in car with victim|
|Villain is more sympathetic than heroes|
|Blood spatters - camera, wall, etc.|
|Poor death effect|
|No one dies at all|
|Little kid lamely survives|
|Dog/Pet miraculously survives|
|"It was all a dream" ending|
|Unbelievably happy ending|
|Unbelievably crappy ending|
|What the hell?|