Genre Guesstimation – Explorers (1985)

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 Sally of 18 Cinema Lane and we will be reviewing our favorite Youth-Led Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Sally!

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 Youth-Led Movies..

“It’s asking for coordinates on x-, y- and z-axes to locate a point in space relative to its terminal. How did you dream this?” – Wolfgang

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A group of three friends build a space ship using new technology in order to find a group of aliens who have contacted them.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have seen bits and pieces of other the last 35 years yet never saw it in it entirety since it didn’t seem to be worth watching.

This was actually the first film that came to mind when Sally chose this genre and I was intrigued to see of my previous thoughts on it were correct or not.

The story has much promise yet it fails in making things more interesting and that’s quite a shame.

Joe Dante is a great director and was able to make magic with numerous films in his career, but this isn’t one of them.

The film sports the feature debuts of both River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke but both of these great actors are underused here and they really have a missed opportunity with such talent since neither is given enough room to shine in these roles.

This is a story with a lot more potential than is realized and it’s quite a shame that they don’t manage to bring things to a level that would make this even more interesting and enjoyable to watch.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that falls completely flat. Dante is a great director but he isn’t able to make this film feel as impactful or even fun as some of his other hits. The cats is great and having Hawke and Phoenix together in something like this is a missed opportunity because they aren’t given enough room to truly shine in these roles.  The story has so much more potential than is realized which is a shame because they fail to bring things to a level that would make things even more enjoyable to watch unfold.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was never finished, and was released as a work in progress when the studio decided to move up the release date and release the film as it was, telling director Joe Dante that he was finished and they were going to go ahead and release what he had at tht point. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close even though with this cats and crew they had the chance to make something so much better and missed that opportunity.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Explorers (1985)

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