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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 86 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||1|
|Sprachen:||German, English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)|
|Untertitel:||Deutsch, Englisch, Niederländisch|
|Bildformat:||16:9 (1.78:1) 1080 24p High Definition|
|Extras:||Behind the Scenes, Trailer, Program Tips|
Film: In the future computer programs have become extremely powerful. In order not to completely lose control over them, a group of convicted cyber criminals are to clean up and, if necessary, delete some faulty programs on various space freighters. When the repair of an Orcus freighter is ordered at short notice, everything initially looks like a routine order. What the prisoners and their guard don't know, however, is that the spaceship is a former prison freighter, in which the guard program IAM (Jason Momoa) has developed a dangerous life of its own. It won't be long before the attempts to shut IAM down claim their first victim. But in the tough hacker Kaida (Jeananne Goossen) the murderous computer program has found a serious opponent...
With "Debug - Enemy System" the director David Hewlett ("Stargate Atlantis"), also known as an actor, has staged a sci-fi cyberthriller, which reminds a little of the concept of the series "Add a Friend" at the beginning. Most of the time the protagonists are observed on screens or surveillance cameras, and especially at the beginning the actions of the convicted cyber criminals seem to be limited to sitting and typing. That doesn't sound very exciting - and apart from the supercooled atmosphere of the Orcus freighter, it isn't. Only when Kaida realizes how powerful IAM is and does everything she can to free herself and the others alive from the spaceship, does the whole thing take off.
There are some very successful moments and a lot of suspense. But unfortunately that's not enough to comfort you about the sometimes very poor effects and the sometimes very wooden playing of some actors. However, despite the small budget, it is always noticeable that Hewlett and his team approached the production with love for the genre. Surely, even a series like "Stargate Atlantis" sometimes has better computer effects to offer. And also the script could have gotten a lot more out of the good premise. But as a pure B-movie the fight against a murderous computer program offers absolutely proper entertainment.
With a little more money and a better script "Debug - Feindliches System" could have been a really good SciFi-thriller. Especially in the second half, the movie has become an acceptable B-movie, that lives from the director's passion, the atmospheric set and some well-done moments of tension. So if you can lower your expectations and just overlook the effects on video game level, you will still be entertained well and can confidently enter the Orcus freighter.
Picture + Sound: "Debug - Enemy System" is not an expensive Hollywood production, but a small independent film from Canada. Therefore, not too much should be expected from the audiovisual implementation. There are some recognizable weaknesses in both areas, but for a small production like this, both the absolutely clean, largely sharp picture with its atmospherically undercooled coloring, as well as the sound with its neatly implemented sound effects and the well comprehensibly mixed dialogues are convincing. Good!
Extras: As a bonus there's not only the trailer, but also a worthwhile look behind the scenes (approx. 18:11 min.), which reveals the ambitions David Hewlett used to approach the production of the sci-fi cyber thriller.
Fazit: "Debug - Enemy System" is low budget sci-fi food that doesn't necessarily score with great effects or a sophisticated script. Nevertheless, it's to be noted that director David Hewlett approached the realization of the story with a love for the genre, which is at its core very exciting. The result is solid B-Movie food with a slight trash factor. Not more, but also not less. On the Blu-ray the film presents itself in good picture and sound quality. The bonus material offers a nice glimpse behind the scenes, where the ambitions of the makers become more apparent than in the finished film. No masterpiece, but at the end just recommendable!
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