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  • Plot

    This story is horrendous. I did my best, but I couldn't make sense of the plot, though I thought I could make head or tails of it when I was watching the trailer. Basically there is this spaceship and there are some people on it and around them there are a number of populated planets and moons, yet ask me what this all means and I won't be able to tell you.

    Character Development

    I didn't even know any of the character so I cannot say if any of them developed, but somehow I doubt it.


    The acting, the hand to hand combat, the gun fighting and everything in between was awful. It just shows that you need some knowhow and talent to put a film together and it certainly helps when you got a working script for your actors to act from. I don't think I believe a single word anyone had said.


    I gave this movie a chance because some of those that review it before me left room in their criticisms. Let me close that gap and say there is no way I am going to be watching the sequel. If you can believe it this film doesn't finish and leaves an opening to keep going. That would be a mistake because there is nothing good to continue. Better to make a fresh start in a completely new direction.
  • Absolutely nothing redeeming about this title at all. The acting is bad, the dialogue is worse, the special effects are not special at all, the cinematography is lackluster, the costumes are like the kind you make as cosplayer, the sound was bad, the musical score basically non-existent, and to top it off the story is boring and uninteresting

    If you watch the first 5 minutes you will immediately regret it. The main character is explaining their back story in this sci-fi futuristic action movie and they decided that adding scan lines to the video would make it more futuristic. And not well done scan lines that make the video seem like it might actually be a video...just a low transparency set of scan lines that a 12 year old would put into a video game they are programming because they saw the movie Aliens for the first time.

    If you make it further than the abysmal intro you are sure to regret it. I had to force myself to finish it because I just wanted to see how bad it could really get and it gets really bad. Please if you have not watched this, do yourself a favor and don't. There is a reason it has such a low rating...if I could give it 0 I would, but 1 is the lowest possible score.
  • It was a porno right? I mean it must have been... what with the obvious innuendo twist on Jupiter Ascending (not heard it referred to as a "starship" before but whatever), much like the Flesh gordon take on Flash Gordon, the crappy acting, non existent plot. meaningless dialogue and the dodgy looking women displaying more make up than a Debenhams cosmetic counter and obvious low budget.

    The narration started off quite well; thought it was going to have a Red Dwarf theme initially. Then it went a bit Doctor Whoish, which didn't bode well and by the time the introductory narration finished I had not only lost the plot but also the will to live.

    Anyway, things perked up a bit when this fairly fit looking blonde rucked up. Here we go, I thought; crappy intro- check, crappy acting - check. About time for the blond to turn around to one of the guys and come up with some cheesy line like "Is that a "starship" in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me" before getting her kit off and some raunchy action. Boy was I disappointed. Where were all the sex scenes for fecks sake? Did they just forget to put them in or what? Veerrry disappointing.
  • Not the worst movie I've ever seen, the special effects were surprisingly quite good(pretty much the one element that showed signs of any effort) and Darren Jacobs and Emii do what they can in the lead roles. Nothing else on the other hand works. Other than the special effects Starship: Rising does not look very good, at its worst embarrassingly amateurish. The camera work and editing are choppy, at no point is there a well-placed camera angle. Even worse is the use of green and blue screen, very over-used and sometimes irrelevant, it's also so distracting that it was difficult to find any admiration in the sets. The music is generic, sluggishly paced and like a monotonous drone, and to make things worse it often overbears the dialogue, which can be blamed on the sound mixing recording the music too loud and the dialogue too soft. Not that the dialogue is anything special to begin with, in fact it's all over the place with lots of it sounding random and confused. The characters are under-written cardboard cut-outs that it's difficult to engage with them, and while the leads try their best the acting on the most part is laughably stiff. But the biggest problem with Starship: Rising is the story which is laboriously paced, incredibly convoluted to the point that trying to work out what's going on is a real struggle and with a lot of back-story that added and explained absolutely nothing, only succeeding in slowing the movie down. In conclusion, aside from the special effects and the efforts of the two leads Starship: Rising was almost unwatchable. 2/10 Bethany Cox
  • "Starship: Rising" is a very, very difficult film to review...and I should explain why. In some ways, it's a bad film--with poor writing and terribly shallow characters. I am not going to gloss over these problems--and they are serious. However, at the same time, the film appears to be amazingly good looking and professional--an odd combination, I know. To me, it has all the look of a fan production--a movie made for sci-fi fans and not intended for general release. And, if this was the case, you cannot really compare the film to a traditional movie. But, apparently it is being released on DVD and Amazon, for instance, is planning on releasing selling it in September.

    So while I like some of the fan films, it's because I don't mind when the film has some rough edges--I expect them. And many of the best Star Trek and Star Wars fan films are very rough but also very enjoyable. As I watched "Starship: Rising", it appeared to be a fan film and thought the editor had sent me a fan film. A fan film, by the way, isn't intended for the average schnook out there--just the ultra-devoted sci- fi folks who might pick up a copy at a convention or pass it among themselves. "Starship: Rising", however, must be held to a higher standard if it's being released to the general public.

    Neil Johnson wrote and directed the film and despite its many problems, it's also kind of amazing. Well, The CGI, while not up to the quality of a big-budget Hollywood film is surprisingly good and at times sure comes close to what you'd see in a big-budget theatrical release. I remember years ago when "Babylon 5" was the first TV show that exclusively used CGI for its outer space scenes and they were cool but rough (though the excellent writing more than made up for these shortcomings). However, "Starship: Rising" has graphics that are light- years ahead of those--and I was blown away that a relatively inexpensive film could look this good. And, it's not all looks--the soundtrack is very nice as well. It doesn't sound cheap at all and works well, though I'll admit that it is, occasionally repetitive. Together, they make a film that has a very professional look. As for the story about a dystopian galactic world where an insane leader is bent on destroying Terra (Earth), it has its moments and the various planetscapes look good. So, you have a film that is awfully rough and yet awfully good. I don't recommend it for the casual viewer but for hardcore lovers of sci-fi or folks who like fan pictures and have modest expectations, it's well worth your time. The casual viewer, on the other hand, will no doubt have serious problems with the writing and acting--they just didn't seem polished or ready for a full-length film. A nice try...and perhaps with experience Johnson will be able to pull it all together.

    By the way, if you want to see a micro-budgeted sci-fi film that manages to have the great look you expect from a sci-fi outer space film AND great writing and characters, try to find a copy of "Hunter Prey". It is exceptional and packs a lot into a tiny budget...and you'd never notice the small budget when you see it on the screen.
  • I could have done a better voice-over with out even trying if that gives you any clue how bad this movie was.

    Forget waterboarding, force our enemies to watch this movie instead. It will get confessions out of them quickly. NO MORE, PLEASE! I BEG OF YOU!

    The actors, and I hesitate calling them that were terrible. Is there a sub-Z list?

    The fat guy co-pilot who liked like he hasn't gotten out of a chair (except to eat) for fifteen years. Yea right, he couldn't have been co-pilot, he'd have to burn at least some calories moving.

    Most of the live action was obviously filmed over a green screen and had this weird blur/fuzz over it.

    The costumes consisted mainly of baseball and hockey gear spray painted silver, with electrical conduit strapped on.

    What was good about it? Some of the special effects were kind of okay, they didn't all look cheap. And actually the music score wasn't that bad.

    This is a movie that shouldn't have been made. And then the agony, a sequel is (gasp) announced at the end before the credits.

    Why watch trash like this when there is something better?
  • "Starship Rising" is one of those Sci-Fi movies that tries too hard to accomplish a lot of things, but failing to do so and managed to swing and miss greatly in the attempts to achieve greatness.

    The storyline is sketchy and not fully coherent. It is about a crumbling empire, and ah, well forget it, I don't really know, because the movie was just not easy to submerge yourself into, and I have to admit that I gave up not even 35 minutes into the movie.

    What made me give up on the movie, aside from what seemed to be a series of random scenes put together and calling it a movie, was the overall sense of failed blue (or green) screen scenes that were dominant throughout the entire movie. The scenes just looked so fake that you want to claw your eyes out.

    The CGI effects were adequate though. Although I didn't really get the fact why every spaceship had to fly in turning spiral. It just didn't make any sense. And the weaponry on the ships, well they were just laughable and anything but believable. And the infantry weaponry as well, a rifle that was almost bigger than the woman carrying it? Sure, why not...

    The movie borrows a lot from other Sci-Fi franchises and movies, and that ultimately makes it seem like a product that is not its own, but a mere cash-in on what other TV shows and movies managed to succeed on. Except that "Starship Rising" just failed to execute it.

    This was definitely a Sci-Fi movie that swung wide and missed even wider.
  • I literally just create an account to warn everyone that this sh*t (can't even call it a movie) WASTED an hour of my life. This sh*t is the worst decision you will ever made, worse than missing the birth of your first kid, worse than EVERYTHING. This is probably the worst thing you will ever see.

    I have to give props to the first few minutes, because it is the only thing that keeps me watching until the end cause I was hoping this leads to something spectacular (never mind the "acting" and all those stuff), but really nothing.NOTHING. C G I was good if this is for some high school project or something, but really how can anyone decided to produce a movie like this?
  • azanti00297 June 2015
    In the future, the universe is controlled by the Federation - Some people decide to rebel when orders are given to destroy earth but really this plot doesn't come across at all or make any sense what so ever.

    It is extremely rare that I will not watch a film to the end no matter how terrible it is but this was just really dire. After 10 minutes I found my mind wandering, after 20 minutes I had no interest in any of the characters, story or plot - what there was of it. There was simple no level of emotion of realism in any of the performances.

    The story as it stands is basically ripped off the old BBC series Blake's 7, which had the universe controlled by the Federation and their weapons system for controlling the climates on a thousand worlds was called Star One - all sounding very familiar - I mean at least give the bad guys a different name come on!

    I am trying to think of some constructive comments to make about this movie. The FX cheap though they were at least were trying to create a sense of worlds and a universe within which these dull bland characters existed. Generally Hollyoaks is not the best place to find your lead actor and top criticism here has to go Darren Jacobs who is just plain bad. The chief Villain is just someone (The Director) doing a bad Bane voice with some awful CGI.

    Because there is so much CGI and everything bar a few tiny sets is basically very sterile there is no sense of time or place. Characters were not well introduced, the script was really really poor and the space battles are just terrible.

    It's really rare I will give such a low review but in this case there was no other option, rebellion or not.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This movie screams 'Student film project', except that most student film projects have a concept of what they are trying to do.

    So you have some passable space scenes between an incomprehensible plot. There's apparently two factions of humanity, one some weird empire and the other a weird space religion based on abusing women so they all hate men. Or something.

    And apparently the evil space empire entrusts their best weapon to the son of a political dissident.

    So what we have are excuses for space battle scenes that are probably the only somewhat good thing in this movie. The acting is dreadful.
  • s-a-y-mattock28 December 2014
    Warning: Spoilers
    so movie starts with the perspective of the big bad overlord explaining the history... randomly changes to hero character explaining... a girl kidnapped from what appears to be a place of worship, next a rape? scene...

    The scenes are pieced together in a way that leads to confusion and wondering what on earth is the point...

    Hero appears to have girlfriend but then hooks up with the blonde perfect Barbie...

    Uprising against the evil pope of Terra and the crazy overlord of the federation who has some how lived for 200 years yet has a younger sister who is about 40 with an adult son...

    Acting... i have seen better in B-grade movies... however i have seen worse in A-grade...

    CGI surprising good and special effects well done.

    Over all the script writer should be fired.
  • Somewhere right now Roger Corman is practicing rolling in his grave.

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  • Warning: Spoilers
    I am a sci-fi fan and so it comes as standard that I expect to see some terrible films along the way to my end of days, but after watching this I thought my end of days had come. Got to be the most terrible film I've had the sad misfortune to see, not sure I can afford the therapy to tell you the truth.

    Man takes over ship told to fire at the earth, said ship happens to be a planet killer. There is an 'Overseer', as you can imagine, must be killed. There's an army of bad actors, oops 'h'ollywood top earners all doing their best to make the script sound like, well, as it is complete and utter rubbish.

    For some unknown reason the producer writes at the end that there's a second film he thinks is on the way. If he's planning on crowd funding the he best hope he can find the biggest crowd this whole world has ever seen as it will need a large pool of 1 penny's to get part two of the ground let alone into space.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    In the first half hour, there are many similarities to the 'classic' British science fiction show.

    References to titles such as 'Supreme Commander' and planets such as 'Gauda Prime'.

    That's without the fact that Blakes 7 was all about rebelling against the Federation, the Federations control centre was called 'Star One' - similar to 'Starship One'......................Blakes 7 had the Terra Nostra.

    Could be coincidence, but as others have said, the film comes across as a fan pic (albeit with some good CG-I).
  • Seriously this type of release should be banned and the producers sued for releasing it to the public. The only slightly positive reviews are probably from the blind and deaf or from the people involved in the making of this junk.

    There should be a level at which a film is called out as nothing but a mistake and all involved should be prevented from making any other films ever again, any salary paid for this should be returned to the investors and any profits from conning people should be refunded and on top of that money paid to the viewers for the time wasted watching this, time is money and this was a loss for everyone involved.

    From disgustingly bad acting, to terrible scenery that was never believable to the lack of a storyline or the following of any storyline is a crime to the film industry. This is when the industry should be sued till they bleed and forced to never release anything like this ever again.Damn if i did such a bad job i would be fired and everyone would be warned about hiring me.

    Thanks to this film i did not get laid and had to masturbate to get any satisfaction, but as one reviewer says it was not even worth masturbating over any of the actors who were worse than any porn acting, so i had to masturbate over GOT which is just sad on my part
  • This is a horribly executed movie. The acting is terrible, the plot seems written by a junior high-school student, and special effects and wardrobe are ineffective. This has to be a YouTube collaboration of sci-fi super-fans or a tax write-off of some sort. I literally had to watch it in three parts. I could not stand the abysmal acting or dialogue. I can look past low budget wardrobe and scenery (props and/or CGI) when the acting and script are engrossing. There are many gems out there that suffer from a low budget, but make for good entertainment and have re-make value. This is definitely not one of those gems. I should have know after the first 3 minutes... after 3 separate introductory narrations had taken place. I'd say, they tried, but I'm not sure how hard they really did. So sad, but even divided into three sections, it's still one and a half hours I could have been watching paint dry rather than force myself through this movie. I recommend steering as far away from this atrocity. Don't encourage such horrific work.
  • This film is painful to watch and is so shockingly poor that itis a must if your in an accident as it might appeal then. Seriously do your homework before damaging your head.
  • Just about the cheesiest sci-fi film I've ever nearly watched.

    I tried to sleep through most of it but got woken up by loud bangs (and those weren't the sex scenes). Some of the 'special effects' were a bit steamy... for retro rockets... like something out of a 1940s Buck Rogers pastiche.

    The overly elaborate weapons with too many extraneous appendages which would be totally impractical in a real battle... The unnecessary shower hose uniforms... The motocross chrome plastic body armour.

    Various bits and pieces out of a car mechanic's spare parts bin, including an odd 4 inch corrugated rubber hose with jubilee clips that fat boy kept looking into...

    Storyline..? Next.

    What can you expect for a mere $3 million, including McDonalds key actors delivery?

    Did it ever make its budget?

    Who knows?

    Who cares..!
  • Warning: Spoilers
    The film opens with a complex narration by the "Overseer" (Neil Johnson). He speaks in a loud whisper and competes with the soundtrack to be heard (F- for sound editor Phillip Bladh). He is speaking in 2518 about a master human race which accelerated/created human evolution on earth. There was a great federation which went to war with artificial intelligence and won and a search for DNA and something discovered that is 200,000 years old and the Second Federation has problems with rebels. It jumps 200 years later as we then see a man killed for speaking out and 18 years later his son John Worthy (Darren Jacobs) joins the Federation which killed his father as a star fighter pilot. They ask him if he was related to the rebel and John says "NO" because he knows that a federation that can trace DNA back to the beginning of time will have no idea whose his father.

    Yes John Worthy to no surprise rebels against the Second Federation and joins up with the rebels. And if you managed to have everything figured out we get thrown a twist at the end at which point I didn't know what had happened or for that matter, who to pull for. All I know is that they plan a sequel. Now I thought the Overseer was over 200 years old so how could he have a sister that is still alive? Yes, I was confused.

    The plot complexity and planet jumping (with no explanation how they do that) made the whole film a waste of time with bad acting and dialogue to boot. Darren Jacobs lead a group of horrendous actors with maybe E.J. De La Pena being the bright spot. And what was that at the end? Four women vs. an entire planet? A waste of special effects.

    If you plan on watching it, take notes.

    Guide: F-bomb, sex, rape. No nudity.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Every film should have a drinking game. It's the law.

    For this film - and possibly (given what I have seen of his other works) all of Neil Johnson's movies - what you need are some very honest people and a LOT of drink.

    These are the rules:

    Every two minutes pause the film and ask, "Has anyone got any idea at all what is going on?" and if no one can honestly come up with ANY rational explanation for the previous scene then everyone takes a shot. The beauty of this game is that after twenty minutes when everyone is paralytically drunk the thing might actually start to make some sense.

    I can think of no other way of making the idea of watching this a good idea.

    The alternative game is taking a shot every time the camera does that slight reframing of a spaceship in flight thing that they used to do a lot in Battlestar Galactica.
  • Starship: Rising has potential if the script and actors were better. The movie could be great if redone by a competent director/screenwriter. Loved the visuals.

    Pros: - Visuals are stunning for the budget. Planets, locations, environments are artwork.

    • The blonde is the best actor(which isn't saying much) and not bad looking

    Cons: - Some questionable camera angles

    • No character building

    • Script/storyline jumps around, hard to follow

    • Bad acting, emotions, horrible script

    • Overuse of hose and flexible conduit in ship and uniforms. Female pilot has hoses all over her costume with no practical use, looks messy and overdone.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    before you read this just Know I adore all things sci-fi, however here I must draw a line

    When I first picked up this movie my first reaction was "Well this might be half interesting, but I'll give it a go" Never have I been so wrong. After the first 15 minutes I was left sitting there wondering how any of what I was watching won any awards at all.

    After enduring the entirety of the film I was left wondering why a fan flick made it onto DVD. The CGI wasn't half bad though, some rather nice cut-scenes as well however the inescapable fact remains. This was a horrible film with very little plot.

    I can see what they were going for though, a federation which is like a mash-up between Firefly & Starship Troopers coupled with ships modeled after X-Wings, Wraith cruisers crossed with Star Trek federation type ships with a little Battle Star Galactica thrown in & a bad guy that resembled a religious version of Palpatine. It just screams FAN MADE MOVIE, honestly if I had of encountered it on a fan flick site I would have given it a much higher and glowing review because for a fan made movie I would give it a solid 7/10 however this is not confined to the sci-fi pages of the internet.

    Albeit after the first half hour or so if you lower your standards enough and don't expect much from it, try easing yourself into it a bit it make for a mediocre time killer at best, although I would have rather just re-watched Firefly or Starship Troopers as it turns out.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    wow! what a fantastic movie. Now this is not in the league of a multi- million dollar budget, but was awesome nonetheless. A little rushed, they needed about another hour to make it not so choppy. each scene was only for about 1 to 2 minutes max, so it was jumping around. That being said, the CGI was fantastic, the scenery in space spectacular, the acting was not that bad, and the blond bombshell was like a Barbie doll. Big brown eyes and puffy lips, whats not to like. All the actors were very competent and the background stages were excellent for the money spent. The spaceships looked great too, although it was rushed to put like 10 different types of ships or more and so many different worlds. Slow down a bit and more time with each scene and a little more money, you might have a spectacular winner.

    So, for anyone just wanting to see some fantastic CGI space scenes, some really awesome ships and good enough acting on a rainy day, you want be disappointed. Just try to keep up! lol.
  • Something to watch if you are very bored. Needs quite a bit of improvements...

    Noticed a mouthpiece for snorkeling on main character and the extend use of corrugated tubing in a lot of props and bots. Spaceship looks OK, but should have more close ups to show some idea of the size... was difficult to figure out how large each ship were.

    Costumes were really put together last minute or something. The use of paintball mask is not recommended.

    Do appreciate some of the nice looking actresses. A little less of costumes to reveal their physique would add some of interesting points on the actors. Looks like they were all clothed in dark attire.