23 May 2017 | movieeffects
Cool Science Fiction film
First, I have to say I waited about eight years to see this film. I discovered this film's website around 2004. I watched its progress and finally found the film on the German Amazon site. I was not disappointed. "Nydenion" is a great slice of independent Science Fiction film making. Too often, reviewers compare these films to their big budget brethren. Yes, I am certain many "indie" or low budget film makers have grandiose ideas of making the next "Star Wars" or "Bladerunner". Its true, it would be awesome to have that kind of meteoric success out of the gate. But most low budget sci-fi film makers have limitations, generally it is budget. Budget limits everything, including visual effects, locations, quality of acting as well as production design, costumes, props even the story can be truncated by the budget. In big budget films you buy your way out of this. I know, I have worked on my share of big budget stinkers. Anyone remember "Super Nova"? Anyway, all that said, having received the film in the mail I wasn't expecting Star Wars. What I got was a cool story of a washed up ace fighter pilot sent on a secret mission with a shadowy taciturn passenger that he may or may not be able to trust. A taste of futuristic, corporate warfare and intrigue, topped off by betrayal. If it had a real budget and name actors most sci-fi fans would be ponying up 12 bucks in their local cinema on any given summer weekend to watch this film. Yes, the main characters are a bit stoic but I get the impression most people are, in this bleak future. I give these film makers kudos for the visual effects, production design, props and costumes. All that coupled with a pretty good score and story. "Nydenian" beats 90% of the made for Sci Fi Channel movies, out of the gate. I have worked on a few of those as well. You won't be wasting your time to give it a look.