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Ascension (2000)

Paul L. Nolan , Sally Mercer , John Krawlzik  |  NR |  DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, Curt Karibalis
  • Directors: John Krawlzik
  • Writers: John Krawlzik
  • Producers: Lorrie King
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fresh Ground Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A1IOMU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,248 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ascension" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

On a distant moon, there's only one way out. "Ascension" is John Krawlzik's first feature film. This is a "different kind of sci-fi movie..a brilliant marriage between production design and cinematography" (Guerilla Filmmaker Magazine). DVD special features include a fully enhanced director's cut, designer, directory, actor commentaries, behind-the-scenes "Home Movies", deleted and alternate scenes, much more.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good movie with a poor ending July 1, 2012
By Dennis
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Very entertaining movie with an incredibly poor ending. I felt like a reader of a book who finds the last five pages missing.
Good acting, good story, well done considering the obviously modest budget but there is simply no getting around the incredibly poor (non)ending. Did they run out of film stock? If shot on video did they screw up and purchase a too short video cartridge when it came time to shoot the movie? Something went wrong that is for sure. The ending pretty much crapped on the rest of the movie. Could have been a true gem but those hopes got dashed with the premature rolling of the credits.
Too bad and truly disappointing. Should throw in an expletive or two but it is too hot to get all worked up right now.
I cannot recommend renting this movie or even watching the thing for free if and when Amazon offers it for "free" for Amazon Prime members. Whatever you do do NOT purchase this movie under any circumstance.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi movie ! August 11, 2010
Ascension has the look and feel of a Hollywood production with really cool effects for a low budget movie. I love the story that kept me interested until the end, with dense suspensful interaction between the characters, and I really enjoyed the format eventhough I am not a Sci-Fi fan. Well shot and well acted, you won't regret spending a good time watching it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not to bad March 18, 2012
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The acting was good. Obviously low budget, but that will not distract from the story. The special effects were minimal and not really needed all that much. This movie was more of a suspenseful type.

I found the story somewhat hard to follow (what is the significance of the star jewel?). The ending was abrupt, with no clear explanations.

It's worth watching once (rent it) if you are a scifi fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This movie broke a new record for me; it is officially the worst movie I have ever watched in my 24 years on planet Earth. Normally I don't mind budget, middle-grade sci fi movies. Some actually have decent camera work, a decent soundtrack, or even a decent storyline. Let's face it, not every idea for a movie can get a $20 million budget, but with a little creativity and good camera work, a movie can still work out. I mean movies made in the 50's didn't have the CGI at hand today and they still pulled things off. Not Ascension. When I first heard of a movie that took place on Saturn's moon, I thought it sounded really cool, and if the story or characters were compelling enough then I could overlook any cheap CGI this movie possibly would have. That wasn't the case with this movie.

The acting is stale, as you can see it in the actors faces that the script and dialog are awful. The set design is atrocious. For being a moon base some fifty years in the future, this place sure doesn't look like it. There is no space-age looking technology anywhere, it's like they didn't even attempt to make it look like so. The whole movie looks like it was filmed in some guys basement with some cardboard cutouts for walls. The actors/actresses aren't even decent looking... I mean at least in other budget movies they throw in a cute actress or something to keep your interested. This movie had none of that.

Even the food in this movie is awful. At one point the lead character eats what looks like a combination of vomit, feces, and urine mixed together. Maybe the writers were trying to tell us something... like that this movie is basically on the same level of vomit, feces, and urine mixed together. This is in year 2050 or something, why are they eating ****?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Low budget sci-fi movie April 15, 2014
By andy
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This is an OK low budget sci-fi movie. The sets, props, and costumes low budget. pay atttention to the dialog for hints and clues of the movie plot. An OK movie for a lazy rainy day when you have 1 1/2 - 2 hours you want fo burn up on the sofa. Nothing of oscar award status performances by these actors...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't rent January 29, 2014
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Terrible acting lousy story lousy every thing looks like it was made in some ones garage stay far far far away from this turkey
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok January 20, 2014
By sme
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It wasn't bad but certainly not the best science fiction film I've seen. The action is pretty constrained to a small set. There is a sense that everything is building up to something big but the ending is a bit of a letdown. I would have liked more depth.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not great :-( November 6, 2013
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Lots of money went into a deep, black hole here. HOWEVER, the acting was first rate. I just wish that they'd had a better story and script to work with!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad j...ust Very Bad
Sorry, no redemption or escape from the boredom, inspired by this idiot flick can be hoped for...You Are Doomed! Read more
Published 5 months ago by cipher
1.0 out of 5 stars No logic to this movie
First thing is it does not make any sense.
2nd Boring
Would not recommend this movie to anyone
not worth the money
Published 7 months ago by Publisher and Author Jane Bragg
1.0 out of 5 stars Rotten
Don't waste your time on this movie. The plot doesn't go anywhere. Not worth your time. Rent something else please.
Published 8 months ago by sk smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Please don't waste your money on this one. It's cheap to rent for a reason. This movie is a Minus Z movie.
Published 9 months ago by fiend
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Stuipd For Intelligent Consumption
One of the worst sci-fi buster to date. The movie goes on endless with the viewer anticipating absolutely nothing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by humberto shand
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth watching
Very odd movie. Poor acting and a senseless ending, leaving so many things unanswered. The story was suspenseful but promised a lot of things that it never delivered. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Larry Trone
1.0 out of 5 stars Solaris Lite
I have no idea what they were attempting to do with this dreck. Is it Solaris? Is it Prometheus? 2001? Is it boring? To the latter, a definite yes. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Len Stoner
2.0 out of 5 stars OK Plot
Overall a slow, yet cerebral movie. Probably wont watch again. For the cost of a rental its an evening for conversation after the film.
Published 14 months ago by Kim P. Knust
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