Netflix’s SPECTRAL (2016) Review

by on October 24, 2017

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Spectral is not a bad film. It’touches on basic premises but it’s fun to kill some time with and to be honest, it does not disappoint.

Directed (and written) by Nic Mathieu (Um…  this is his first credit!), it stars  James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Bruce Greenwood, Max Martini, and other military looking type folks, needed to fend off, run from and die at the hand of this completely unconventional enemy.

The film starts out with a lone soldier taking refuge from an enemy we can’t see yet. His entire squad is gone, it’s only him. And from the way the guys on the other end of his radio are acting, this lone dude is one tough mother.

But something has him rattled. There’s no stopping this enemy, as it steps up and comes into view, then with a burst of speed, it phases right through our first victim, as he drops dead from the mere contact of this enemy. Yes, I said passed through.

This sets his comrades on edge and events take place that force our military heroes to have to consider facing off against this new enemy.

There are two mindsets in the group. One is to take the fight to the enemy and see what they’re really made of. The other mindset comes from the cool looking geek science guy who has other ideas on how to tackle this new foe.

The first premise is acted upon, because when the alpha male gets it in his head he wants to jump off a cliff, well, there’s not much you can do to stop him. But when the mere touch of this new enemy kills his men and they can’t be shot, they’re forced to consider what the science guy has to say.

And he has curiously odd but at times, effective ideas.

The film shows man battling each other’s ideas while facing off against impossible opponents, but as the story develops, things become more clear how they can tackle this new fiend, whatever it is.

Is it alien? Mutant? Man? No one knows, but the challenges our team faces makes for an entertaining, though near stereotypical plot. But I happen to like some of the cast and I settled in turning off my critical mind and just enjoyed the time killer.

If you come across this flick on your Netflix queue, have some time and you’re up for a little sci-fi, I think you might find this interesting. The cast really holds up the story enough.

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