Harbinger Down (2015) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Harbinger Down (2015)

Harbinger Down (2015)

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  • Release Date:  2015
  • Genre:  Neo-monsters
  • Director:  Alec Gillis
  • Screenwriter:  Alec Gillis
  • Cast & Crew: Camille Balsamo, Matt Winston, Reid Collums, Winston James Francis, Milla Bjorn, Giovonnie Samuels, Michel Estime, Edwin H. Bravo, Jason Speer, and Mick Ignis.

Harbinger Down (2015) Rating:

  • Eloise = 5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 5.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 4.5/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 1.9/10.

Harbinger Down (2015) Synopsis:

The crew of a crab fishing boat stumbles across an old Russian space capsule containing an unidentified form of life.

Harbinger Down (2015) Review:

It wouldn’t be fair to start a review of Harbinger Down without mentioning of much of this movie is a rip off The Thing – from the icy atmosphere down to the shape-shifting monster – it could easily be seen as a remake. But that is no coincidence, all the special effects in this movie are made by ADI, the same company that was hired to do the practical special effects for the 2011’s remake of The Thing, but who saw its work mostly deleted in the movie final cut (and replaced by CGI instead). Out of deception, ADI started a crowd-funded project to make Harbinger Down.

With this out of the way, the real question is whether this movie is still a decent stand-alone? The answer is yes, it is OK, but not more. The story tries to be convincing but fails. On the other hand, the creature is a lot of fun to watch – too bad that we do not get to see it more. The movie was directed by Alec Gillis, who worked on the special effects for horror flicks such as Aliens, Tremors 3 or Alien Vs Predator. Because of that and what we described earlier, I expected the special effects to be blown my mind away. But while the practical special effects used for the monster close-ups were great, I found the wider creature shots looking alike too fake (I’m being picky here, but the FX are the focus of the movie after all).

The acting, with the presence of Lance Henriksen and a few other familiar faces, is anyway a good enough reason to give Harbinger Down a try this year anyway.

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