Dark Star (1974)

G   |    |  Comedy, Sci-Fi


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In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.


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  • Dre Pahich in Dark Star (1974)
  • Dan O'Bannon in Dark Star (1974)
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15 July 2004 | BaronBl00d
I Get It & I Don't!
When one takes into account that this was the first real film venture of John Carpenter and Dan O' Bannon, two incredibly influential and talented movie personas, Dark Star is not all that bad. It has some imaginative camera shots, an intriguing storyline, and some unique, definitely not mainstream humour. The story about the humdrum nature of flying in space for an interminable time has several layers peeled in the script. If I judged the film solely on those merits, it would indeed do well. However, the film has a snail's pace and some uneven plot twists, not to mention some not very good acting. Many of Carpenter's soon-to-be-signature trademarks are clearly evident in this film. No denying it, the man has talent. The film was made with a shoestring budget, but Carpenter and crew do a workmanlike job with the resources they had. Clearly, the greatest appreciation for this film is not for the product itself but for the potential and early, evident development of Carpenter and to a lesser degree O' Bannon.

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