Conclusion: From notorious 'Battlefield Earth' director Roger Christian, 'Stranded' is a low-budget sci-fi horror that largely feels like a low-rent knockoff of a Roger Corman production but looks as if it was made for basic-cable television. Starring Christian Slater as a poor-man's Ellen Ripley, the movie is surprisingly bearable but ultimately too clichéd and formulaic to be taken serious.
Conclusion: Not as bad as director Roger Christian's Battlefield Earth by a long shot, Stranded is still an unremarkable rehash of classic sci-fi movies like The Thing and Alien . There's nothing here we haven't seen before, and, unless you're a huge Christian Slater fan, you can . What Do You Think?
Excerpt: By 2027, we will establish a moon base for purposes of mineral exploration, so says Stranded . Even better, America’s manned, one year mission should be hosted by Christian Slater. It’s short of Bruce Willis, but on a B-level mission to our planet’s orbiting satellite, Slater will do. Slater is joined by three others, hosting no resolution to their character depth as Stranded instantaneously propels meteorites onto a set of refreshing miniatures.
Summary: Director Roger Christian would no doubt prefer to be known as a member of the Academy Award-winning team that art-directed the first Star Wars , rather than the sucker whom John Travolta persuaded to direct Battlefield Earth (2000). For my own part, I prefer to think of Christian as the promising helmer of a creepy but little-seen 1985 thriller, The Sender , which starred Zeljko Ivanek (now an Emmy-winning character actor) as a young man with uncanny telepathic powers.
Excerpt: Roger Christian's Stranded , a horror flick about a ghastly extraterrestrial creature that terrorizes four suckers trapped aboard a bio-dome space craft, is an ill-conceived genre exercise built on a frivolous foundation. It lacks for a significant moral underpinning, making it unworthy of comparisons to the classic movie it's most obviously inspired by: Alien .
Excerpt: The cut-rate Alien knockoff Stranded is set inside a base on the moon; it’s windowless, which is convenient because it saves the filmmakers the trouble of actually showing the lunar surface. The base doesn’t seem to have any effective overhead lighting, though it does have automatic doors that wobble, several suspiciously similar-looking hallways, and a video-log recorder that is just a foldout book light painted black.