Syfy’s ‘Morlocks’ Movie Review

by on September 24, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Syfy channel LogoThe Saturday Night Syfy movie, Morlocks, started out with a four-man military crew sitting in a camp in the future and they find themselves attacked. Only one of the crew gets back through to our own time but the “latch” was left behind.

The latch is what operates the time machine from the other side of where the time-traveling Humvee ends up.

But when the latch is left behind, the need to find the scientist who invented the technology needs to be found so he can help. That scientist is Dr. Radnor, played by Stargate‘s David Hewlett.

The lead military man back in our time is played by Stargate‘s Robert Picardo.

Radnor goes through the time portal with a team to get the latch back, but back in our time Morlocks start to randomly come through the portal. (I almost called it a gate…)

It gets a bit convoluted to write about, but suddenly we find people from our time zone being kidnapped and kept prisoner in the future time.

But as the story goes on and the team gets back to our own time, that’s when we discover that Picardo’s character is obsessed with using tech or the genetic materials from the Morlocks to cure his ill son.

And it goes from there.

The story itself isn’t too bad. That is if you don’t mind the loosely redressed telling of Aliens. If you’ve seen this and think about it, there were a lot of similarities.

Regardless, the screenplay was put together by Adam J. Karp (Member production staffs from FNL, In Plain Sight, BSG) & first-timer scriptist, Royal McGraw. It was directed by Matt Codd. Codd’s directorial experience 2001’s Shark Hunter and his primary career path has been an illustrator and concept artist for movies like Apocalypto, Joss Whedon’s Serenity, & The Chronicles of Riddick.

The execution is about on par for a Syfy movie. Some of the military dialog was fairly drab, despite the circumstances.

The special effects for the Morlocks was a wee bit hokey. I’m guessing they spent their budget on David Hewlett,Robert Picardo and Christina Cole rather than effects. Though the gunfire itself was pretty sweet.

Picardo’s ‘U.S. Army’ patch on his right chest should have been tacked down on both ends so it didn’t curl up in most scenes.

Hewlett was almost the same as his Rodney character, but there was a lacking of the quirky humor.

If you can get past the drab military dialog and mediocre special effects, the underlying story of Morlocks isn’t bad.


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