One of the greatest creations for the rabid movie fan has got to be the compilation DVD. Watching movies can be an expensive hobby and if you can get 5 – 10 movies for under $10 bucks that’s a good deal. Well good if you aren’t expecting Oscar worthy quality. Which brings me to another great creation, the low budget feature. Without the pressure of pleasing a big studio or guaranteeing millions of dollars in box office, I think it gives writers and directors the freedom to explore things you don’t normally see in big budget features.
In the case of Convict 762 we have an all female spaceship crew. Now you probably realize the fact that I’m focusing on the crew composition says a lot about the rest of movie. Be patient, I’ll get to that in a minute. But there are three cool things about the all female crew; 1. They are not dressed appropriately, no Star Trek mini-skirts, 2. They are not bimbos, 3. The movie doesn’t make a big deal about them being an all female crew.
The bad thing, that’s almost the most interesting thing about this movie. The plot could’ve been interesting but the pacing is so slow that you stop caring. The ship’s crew have to make an emergency landing on a prison planet. They soon discover that there has been a full scale prison riot and hardly anyone is left. They encounter a guard who will show them where they can refuel and help them get off the planet. The guard warns them that he is hunting down convict 762 who is this nearly supernaturally evil killer. But after running into the other person also claiming to be the guard and that the other person is 762 the crew is understandably confused on who to trust.
And this is where we encounter the downside of some low-budget films, poor execution. The plot is fine, the acting for the most part sucks. Sometimes it’s the actor, many times it’s the writing. Actors suddenly are upset or fly off the handle without reason, people turn on each other with little or no motivation. Many times it feels like there is a missing scene or three or you missed the essential line of dialogue that got you to a particular situation. The crew reacts at times like they have been stuck on the planet for weeks not mere hours. Comradery and working together falls apart quickly. And then near the ending, it becomes all stereotypical women in sci-fi/action films, but I had come this far I had to finish it.
This movie… I guess it was worth the less than a $1 I paid for.