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Do yourself a favor: pick up a copy of Alien, Ridley Scott's brilliant sci-fi/horror masterpiece, instead of wasting your time on The Relic. This patent rip-off of just about every other worthy horror and/or disaster flick certainly looks
Do yourself a favor: pick up a copy of Alien, Ridley Scott's brilliant sci-fi/horror masterpiece, instead of wasting your time on The Relic. This patent rip-off of just about every other worthy horror and/or disaster flick certainly looks good in the packaging: a sturdy cast led by Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, and Oscar-winner Linda Hunt; a reliable director (Peter Hyams); and a creepy enough setting--Chicago's Museum of Natural History, where an anticipated exhibition about tribal artifacts called "Superstition" is about to debut. OK. So far, so good. But some of the pieces scheduled for show have crossed customs even though the freighter that has hauled them north is found adrift and empty--its crew the victims of a mysterious creature that is soon on the rampage in the museum.
The Relic relies on huge leaps of faith to engage the viewer, and finally offers nothing to elevate what could have been good fun--poking here and there at several different movie genres--to a higher level . Ultimately, the film suffers most from its own self-consciousness--it knows it's a carbon copy of better predecessors, and its awkwardness is apparent. The otherwise glossy production is so dimly lit that it's a struggle to tell what's going on, and everything in this tepid formula piece about genetic mutation gone awry is further marred by cheesy special effects. It's almost as if the movie is trying to run away from itself and hide. Try as they may, the cast is saddled with dull, wishy-washy characters who are predictably doomed or saved, depending on their place in the food chain. While the trick in any good sci-fi film is to make the monster as smart--or smarter--than its pursuers, The Relic relegates its mutated horror to less than brainy turf and the war between good and evil is never much of a war at all--just a noisy, bloody, borrowed mess. --Paula Nechak
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THE STORY: Researcher from Chicago Museum of Natural History ships back a strange cargo from the deep Amazon jungle, whose contents provide more questions than answers. A cute, quirky museum scientist & a hard-nosed Windy City homicide cop must quickly piece together the cryptic clues... before they’re ripped to pieces, along with the rest of the museum staff and half the ChiTown PD.
THOUGHTS: I’ve loved this movie ever since catching it in a snow-covered theater back in January of 1997. I knew nothing of the source material, only the film’s two stars: Tom Sizemore & Penelope Ann Miller. (Plus, I have a big soft spot for James Whitmore, ever since I first saw THEM! decades ago.) I enjoyed THE RELIC tremendously, and I’ve watched it numerous times over the years. Fans of the novel have by & large torn this movie a new one, due to the many changes. I didn’t get around to actually reading the novel until almost 20 years later, after already having seen & enjoyed the film numerous times. It is indeed very different from the movie. However, if you divorce the film from the book you’ll be OK. Otherwise, you walk in with a massive chip on your shoulder and will probably just hate it to death. I think the film, for what it is, is a lot of silly, scary, rollercoaster ride-styled fun.
Sure, there are plot holes, gaps in logic and whatnot, but 99% of all horror films, by necessity, have these shortcomings. Movie viewers must maintain the ability to suspend disbelief and go with whatever preposterous flubdubbery the writers & directors are throwing at us. In the real world, these kinds of situations would be solved and the villain captured or killed well before reaching the halfway point in the cinematic world. In fact, most of these fantastical events couldn’t happen in the real world at all, so you hafta take things at face value. And speaking of that… legendary creature F/X wizard Stan Winston gives us one of the coolest, most original movie monsters in decades. The practical stuff looks amazing, and while the CGI isn’t as polished as today’s digital product, his lethal Kathoga creation is nonetheless one of moviedom’s slickest killer creatures. The Kathoga alone makes this film a keeper for me. Plus, I really enjoy the performances of all the actors in the cast, from the main stars right down to the bit players.
THE BLU-RAY: A pretty pedestrian hi-def release from Lionsgate, who licensed the film from Paramount. The improvements in both audio & video, compared to the tepid DVD version of THE RELIC, more than make it worth the double dip. But be aware that there’s no new bonus material, just the on-camera interview with director Peter Hyams & his full-length audio commentary, both ported over from the standard-def release. Still, if you’ve never seen the film, this is the best looking format of it so far and, short of a frame-by-frame restoration, this is likely as good as we’ll get for this enjoyable creature feature.
I have several DVDs and a VHS of RELIC but it is a really great film ! MS. Miller does a fantastic job as always and D'Agosta actor is over the fop .
Hard to guess how this movie would look if done properly(they lost the main character !) but is is still very well done. Linda Hunt and James Whitmore Jr. never disappoint either. Do buy the book too!
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