Assassinaut (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Drew Bolduc
STARRING: Jasmina Parent, Johnathan Newport, Shannon Hutchinson
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:77/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Epic Pictures Releasing
In the near future, aliens have invaded Earth and declared a galactic war resulting in thousands of human casualties. To save Earth, a team of four teenage astronauts brave the alien wilderness of a distant planet to stop an assassin from changing the course of history forever.
It’s my humble opinion that Drew Bolduc directed (co-directed?) one of the best movies of the decade with 2013’s The Taint. I sadly never saw his second film Science Team but here we are with Assassinaut from the Dread line. In this movie we see a group of teen astronauts crash on a strange planet and then try to save the president from assassins. The movie starts off pretty weird with some cool effects and then it heads off into more cool effects and weirdness, but plot-wise the movie never does seem to really find its footing for me. This results in the whole movie feeling like a movie that halfway sets off into a couple of directions but never does seem to fully commit to either. The budget might be a reason why, but I feel like so much more could have been done with this plot that wasn’t. What we get isn’t awful but it feels like a half-committed direction.
The movie still remains watchable, as the cast is good and when we see effects they are really good as I assumed they would be. But you needed a little more steak with this movie’s sizzle and that seems to be what is lacking. Things feel a little rushed in spots, I feel some characters are underdeveloped, and I feel some plot points are never truly followed up on. But if you just take it as a weird space trip with some cool gore and a little side of nice effects and cool looking monsters, then things aren’t that bad. So while the movie remains watchable, it is a little bit of a letdown. If you loved The Taint (and I don’t see how you couldn’t have), then you are best to go into this one without expecting something on that level.
– Audio Commentary Track with Writer/Director Drew Bolduc and Producer Bedhan Ball
– Audio Commentary Track with Solo Commentary from Writer/Director Drew Bolduc
– 8 Deleted Scenes
– Video Interviews
– Short Film: Dental Association
Quality of Transfer: 97%