Genre Guesstimation – Lifepod (1993)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Summer of Serendipitous Anachronisms She has chosen quite a unique genre and we will be reviewing our favorite Derivative Work Movies.

Here’s Summer to explain her choice:

Basically it is anything based or inspired by pre-existing source

for example:

Amelie takes its relationships from the Luncheon of the Boating Party

The Magnificent Seven is borrowed from the Seven Samurai

Sunday in the Park with George is based on painting by George Seurat

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is loosely based on Hamlet

My Own Private Idaho borrows from Henry the IV

Cosi is about a director directing the musical Cosi Fan Tutti

Pride Prejudice and Zombies borrows from Pride and Prejudice

Clueless borrows from the novel Emma

Monty Python and the Holy Grail borrows from the Arthurian Legend

Basically a film that borrows from pre-existing source but reinvents the source material into something else

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of June by sending them to derivativesummer@movierob.net  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Summer!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Derivative Work Films…
lifepod“You know, on Venus… EarthCorp uses cameras like that to spy on people. If you aim it at me again, it’s gonna end up recording parts of your anatomy you never knew existed. ” – Rena

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jun 2016)

Brief Synopsis – After their ship is destroyed on their way to Venus, a group of survivors must find a way to stay alive when they realize that one of them is a murderer.

My Take on it – I am a HUGE fan of Hitchcock’s Lifeboat (1944).  It’s actually my favorite of all his films that I’ve seen.

When I heard that this movie was a re-imagining of the story in space as opposed to WWII Europe, I was quite interested in seeing what they would do with it.

Unfortunately, this just isn’t nearly as good as the original source material because there are too many changes that make it lose it’s impact.

This was the only movie that actor Ron Silver ever directed, but I can’t say that it wasn’t a nice try.

One of the things that made the original work so well was the claustrophobic feel that we get in every scene because everything is limited to a small lifeboat.

Here the events take place in a lifepod with a few different rooms, so it just doesn’t feel as cramped as a thriller like this should.

The cast is pretty good too. Besides Silver, Robert Loggia, CCH Pounder, Stan Shaw, Kelli Williams, Lisa Waltz and Jessica Tusk do nice jobs with what they are given but as I stated before, the script just isn’t good enough.

One of the things that the original had going for it was the fear and prejudices or Germans vs. Allies during WWII Europe and those fear don’t translate well enough to the audience when done in space within a fictionalized conflict.

Bottom Line -Not nearly as good as the original story mainly because the characters don’t feel as innocent. Nice attempt by Silver at reimagining the story, but it is lacking the claustrophobic feel of the Hitchcock story. Pretty good cast do their best, but the script just isn’t strong enough here. The fear and prejudices of WWII Europe don’t translate to space well enough.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is a 1993 television film reworking of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Lifeboat. (From Wikipedia)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Nope. The original Lifeboat was spectacular, but it doesn’t resonate well enough in space as opposed to a WWII era lifeboat.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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