Originally starting life out as a comic book from Dark Horse Comics (publishing house of Sin City and Hellboy), the plot is tantalisingly original and manga-esque! An alien life form of pure energy takes over the on-board computers (and by extension all the machinery) of a Chinese research vessel, mutating the damaged equipment and dead bodies into mechanical monsters of both flesh and metal in a bid to take over the technology of the entire planet. This alien is the ultimate hacker.
The film follows a very similar plot to the comic, only this time the vessel under attack is Russian. A huge electrical power surge from Russian space station Mir 'infects' the ocean vessel, killing all but one crew member. Meanwhile, the crew of a tugboat in trouble discover the abandoned ship, and decide to investigate with a means to salvaging her for big cash. However, what they find baffles them to say the least. Engines down, wiring cut, electronics destroyed and a lunatic Russian lady screaming at them: "It's learning how to kill us!" The vessel seems to have a life of its own, controlling the anchors, the doors, and all means of escape. The alien life-force has the power to converge the human with the mechanical, creating a cyborgian army of human slaves to do its bidding. Luckily Jamie Lee Curtis is here with her straight-talking no nonsense to save the day...
Directed by John Bruno, his experience in visual effects is clear, having a background as effects designer on Terminator 2 and The Abyss. You will certainly recognise some Terminator-esque cyborgs here!
William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland also star in this effects-heavy, fun action Sci-Fi that begs the question - is the alien the Virus, or are we...?!
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