Monolith (1993)

Monolith (1993)

Director: John Eyres
Starring: Bill Paxton, Lindsay Frost, John Hurt

Two detectives continue to follow the case of a boy murdered by a Russian scientist after it is taken over by shady government agents, discovering a deep and dangerous plot.

Although this came out in 1993, it feels like it was made earlier and shelved for a few years because the studio knew they had a stinker on their hands. Let's be frank about it: This is not a good movie and the only saving grace is that some moments fall under "so bad it's good". I don't know which is more glorious: Bill Paxton's mullet (coupled with a pornstache in the flashbacks) or John Hurt's ridiculous overacting. There's supposed to be belligerent sexual tension between our two leads, but it doesn't come off that way at all and there are only a few moments with anything resembling chemistry between them. Louis Gossett Jr. is underutilized as Captain McCandless and only gets one decent scene. This is something of a poor man's version of The Hidden that makes some nods to the Alien franchise, which only serves to make me wish I was watching one of those movies instead. Pass on this.

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