Annal: 1999 Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 1999.

Film:Armageddon

Armageddon

Michael Bay

The latest testosterone-saturated blow-’em-up from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay (The Rock, Bad Boys) continues Hollywood’s millennium-fueled fascination with the destruction of our planet. There’s no arguing that the successful duo understands what mainstream American audiences want in their blockbuster movies—loads of loud, eye-popping special effects, rapid- fire pacing, and patriotic flag waving. Bay’s protagonists—the eight crude, lewd, oversexed (but lovable, of course) oil drillers summoned to save the world from a…

Film:Dark City

Dark City

Alex Proyas

If you’re a fan of brooding comic-book antiheroes, got a nihilistic jolt from The Crow (1994), and share director Alex Proyas’s highly developed preoccupation for style over substance, you might be tempted to call Dark City an instant classic of visual imagination. It’s one of those films that exists in a world purely of its own making, setting its own rules and playing by them fairly, so that even its derivative elements (and there are quite a few) acquire their own specific uniqueness. Before long, however, the film becomes interesting only as a…

Film:Deep Impact

Deep Impact

Mimi Leder

A great big rock hits the earth, and lots of people die. That’s pretty much all there is to it, and most of that was in the trailer. Can a major Hollywood movie really squeak by with such a slender excuse for a premise? The old disaster-movie king, cheese-meister Irwin Allen (The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake), would have made a kitsch classic out of this, with Charlton Heston, rather than a resigned and mumbly Robert Duvall, as the veteran astronaut who risks several lives trying to blow up the comet that’s headed right this way! As stiffly…

Film:Lost in Space

Lost in Space

Stephen Hopkins

Packed with more than 750 dazzling visual effects, this $70 million adventure does more (and less) than give the 1965-68 TV series a state-of-the-art face-lift. Aimed at an audience that wasn’t born when the series originally aired, the sci-fi extravaganza doesn’t even require familiarity, despite cameo appearances by several of the TV show’s original cast members. Instead it’s a high-tech hybrid of the original premise with enough sensory overload to qualify as a spectacular big-screen video game, supported by a time-travel premise that’s adequately clever but hardly original. It’s certainly never boring, and visually it’s an occasionally awesome demonstration of special effects technology. But in its attempt to be all things to all demographics, the movie’s more of a marketing ploy than a satisfying adventure, thankfully dispensing with the TV show’s cheesy camp but otherwise squandering a promising cast in favor of eye-candy and ephemeral storytelling. In keeping with the movie’s high-tech…[more]

Film:Star Trek: Insurrection

Star Trek: Insurrection: 3rd in Next Generation series

Jonathan Frakes

Star Trek fans were decidedly mixed in their reactions to this, the ninth big-screen feature in Paramount’s lucrative Trek franchise, but die-hard loyalists will appreciate the way this Next Generation adventure rekindles the spirit of the original Trek TV series while combining a tolerable dose of New-Agey philosophy with a lighthearted plot for the TNG cast. This time out, Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his executive crew must transport to a Shangri-la-like planet to see why their android crewmate Data (Brent Spiner) has run…

Film:The X-Files

The X-Files: Fight the Future

Rob Bowman

The definitive American television series of the ‘90s comes to the big screen with an anticlimactic whimper. And how could it be otherwise? Why should material so perfectly realized in one medium necessarily translate well into another? The series is crisply and thoughtfully executed in just about every detail, but the heart of its appeal lies in the elegant handling of complicated and evolving ongoing story lines, which is not something movies are especially good at. The big-screen drive for closure cramps the creative style, though it may also help nonfans get…

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