Genre Guesstimation – The Ice Pirates (1984)

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 Richard of Kirkham A Movie A Day and it is Swashbuckler Films

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Try to think out of the box!

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 Swashbuckler Films.

“I hope no one minds but I have no intention of facing this sober. ” – Zeno

Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (Cable in the 80’s and 5 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A band of space pirates must try and save a missing king who disappeared as he tried to find a planet filled with the most valuable source in the galaxy – water.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall enjoying as a kid on cable and one scene regarding a conveyor belt always sticks in my mind.

Upon rewatching this tho, I now understand why a 10 year old would enjoy it, but anyone with a more formed brain and intellect would not.

This film tries too hard to copy other sci-fi films and fails miserably because they don’t manage to give us interesting characters or even a coherent storyline.

The plot is a mess and jumps around to much for its own good.

This film features a talented cast, yet they all feel wasted here.

It’s a good thing that most of them went on to bigger, better and more useful roles even after being a part of this terrible film.

The story and plot don’t work at all and it feels too often that they just wanted to try and transform a pirate film into the sci-fi genre without caring if it would be good or whether it can be taken seriously.

Bottom Line – Horrendous film that tries to copy recent sci-fi films yet comes across as being a total mess.  The talented cast is wasted here and most went on to have better careers even after being in this film.  The story and plot don’t make much sense and it all seems like an excuse to try and transform a pirate movie into the sci-fi genre which unfortunately fails miserably.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was intended to be a serious sci-fi film with a $20 million budget, but MGM slashed the budget to $8 million and had the script rewritten as a comedy. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close. Terrible film that is a farce instead of doing anything interesting.

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)


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