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A suspected prisoner uprising brings Marines to the prison planet of Rove 12, but nothing is what it seems. The few surviving prisoners are hiding from a ruthless, blood thirsty creature. Now the prisoners and the marines must fight together to get off the planet ALIVE!

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  • Actors: Rebecca Kush, Steve Deighan, Amelia Randolph Campbell
  • Directors: Andrew Bellware
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Maverick Entertainment Group
  • DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AGOA8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,491 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Sipos VINE VOICE on January 13, 2014
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The problems with ALIEN UPRISING are many and diverse.

The storyline is a ripoff of ALIENS. A squad of Space Marines is sent to a prison planet to subdue rioters, but only a weaselly Company Man knows the true mission. They arrive on the prison planet and discover there's an "alien" on the loose, killing prisoners and guards alike. Of course, the Company Man expected this.

The "characterization" is non-existent. ALL the Space Marines are bad-ass and testy. The only way to tell them apart is by race, sex, or dress. (One female Marine wears a turban.) The white guy Marines, well, it's impossible to tell them apart.

About that turban, the Lieutenant derides the "mercenaries" who came before them, yet these Marines lack discipline or professionalism, behaving just like ragtag mercenaries. No uniform hair styles. Hair comes in various lengths and styles. Some men have facial hair, some not.

They're all so bad-ass it's silly. They're bad-ass without purpose or motivation, always cursing and threatening one another without reason. Especially silly is the bad-ass sergeant, a tiny woman who barks at guys a head taller, threatening to personally kick their ass or tear off their ... if they don't follow orders immediately. When she shoves the Company Man against a wall (yeah, right), he cowers while looking DOWN at her, because she's so tiny.

Look, if you're gonna cast women as Marines, make the effort to cast tall Amazons. The director could have gone down to the local gym and found some female body-builders to play the Marines. Few in the cast, male or female, can act, so it's not like acting was an issue.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa J on September 21, 2009
Format: DVD
I'm a big SciFi fan and I always check out as many of the new films in the category that I can find. I just picked this one up this weekend and it was pretty decent and compelling. I've seen better FX, but this was a good story and the FX were good enough that it kept my interest. I did wonder why there were no Aliens, but the action and suspense was good, and the obligatory romantic angle was there also. I always wonder why there are not a ton of new indy SciFi films that hit the market, I wish there were more.
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By T. Smith on July 8, 2013
Format: DVD
I rented Alien Uprising as my partner likes Jean Claude Van Damme. I have enjoyed him in other films but his name in the credits here was a bit misleading. He was hardly in this film that tried to be a takeoff on early alien science fiction.

The story, (mini spoiler here) is about a ship of marines sent to a planet to find out what happened to the people and halt to the explosion of nuclear plane which could destroy some interstellar gates. The idea was fine but the whole thing never came together.

Uprising took to long to get going. I wondered, confused about what was happening for the first couple of minutes. The story structure/writing was careless in places, we never really see aliens, which is strange condsidering the film premise. Shooting style was almost documentary, gritty, fast, dark, and sometimes hard to follow.

Overall however, my biggest issue, (and yes I know it was an Indy film) in the whole affair around Alien Uprising, was that it looked 'cheap' and came across on the screen as a very low budget cut corner job. There were cheap sets, cheap effects and more cheese than a 99 cent macaroni blue box dinner. The alien ships looked like toys.

To be fair the cast tried to sell the story. The writing was good in places and a few decent splashes of directing popped up in some of the lighting and cinematography. However, when surrounded by turkeys in the barn, things don't fly. This didn't. And why was Jean Claude Van Damme, a good action actor in this? He can do better. Ironically, his small role was some of the best acting in the piece since none of the others could really act at all. Writer kudos for use of correct military dialog terms etc, but the cast did not make the words believable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Tiger on November 26, 2011
Format: DVD
NOTE: This review is of the 2008 film, not to be confused with a 2013 film that has the same title.
This is a rip-off of "Aliens," pure and simple. But Aliens was a great action film, and this film is good, too. Same story--a unit of tough-as-nails space marines in a deadly cat-and-mouse game against an almost indestructible monster, and a company agent with a secret and sinister agenda. But it moves along swiftly enough, the tension is maintained, and at least some of the characters have enough personality to be engaging so that we care about them. The settings and effects are done well--everything has a gritty, realistic look--and the acting isn't bad. All in all, not a bad way to spend 85 minutes if you're in the mood for some high-intensity sci-fi action.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karl E. Weaver on October 21, 2009
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Here's the deal. This must have gone straight to DVD because it still only has an MPAA "rating pending". Probably it never will have a rating. I would rate it "mild R" based on mild language and mild violence. No nudity (except partial female nudity in the "Pandora Machine" logo, at the beginning and the end of the DVD).
The most-promoted actors are Steve Deighan (Milennium Crisis, Great Pretenders), Tana Sarntinoranont (Blush and Lovesick), and Catherine Zambri (Marconi Bros, Mulberry St)- Zambri was just the ship computer's hologram.
It starts and it plays like "Alien" as well as "Aliens". A prisoner planet with an apparent uprising. Marines en-route to subdue, yet they're really just in service to a corporation trying to develop weapons. (sound familiar?) A dangerous corporate tool on board. A computer running the ship. Dark and aged interiors (like "Alien"). Garbled transmissions. A non-human predator. All this like the "Alien" stories. The visuals are far grainier than the usual movie-but after a while you get used to it. The acting is mediocre. There's no indication where this was actually produced. It's a mult-ethnic cast. I forgot to mention how the very beginning is reminiscent of Alien: the crew is all sleeping, and awake from sleep at the end of the flight and the beginning of the movie. First sci-fi or action film I recall where the love-interest is 2 female lesbians (I hope that isn't a plot-buster). Problems with the DVD: NO subtitling at all, and no special features. If you like sci-fi, you might find it interesting, even if low-budget and derivative (mainly from the "Alien" concepts). I did watch it all the way through. I won't spoil the rest of the plot.
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