You have to understand. I had just seen "Stargate",
which I realize is not a great film, but I have a certain
affection for it nonetheless. James Spader is in it, and he has a
certain naive charm.
He's also in "Supernova" which has pretty much no
naive charm. Do you remember the Bugs Bunny cartoon with Bugs and
Wiley Coyote? It's was one of the few cartoons where Wiley
speaks, and he does so with a very smooth voice. He had a way of
stretching out his self-proclaimed title, "Soooper
Genius." In my mind's ear, I can hear him saying
"Sooopernova" with the very same smugness.
Watching this film is like watching the first 7 minutes of a
James Bond film. At the end, I was expecting the main feature to
start, but instead they just ran some credits. You can interpret
that two ways: either the film went by quickly, or else it was
just a bit of eye candy that whets your appetite for something
bigger. In this case, you can take your pick.
I could really have a good time taking this film apart bit by
bit. It would be quite snotty, and it'd make me feel superior,
but it would not, I'm sure, give you any hard information about
the film. I say this just so we both know what's coming.
|Figure 1: James Spader, in search of a story.
Best of luck, Jimbo.
|Figure 2: The cast, mostly shirtless. Don't know
why. Perhaps they're hoping for a Gap tie-in.
|Figure 3: The cast, being forced to watch the
dailies. In the background, Beethoven's "Ode to
Joy" is being played.
|Figure 4: Lou "Diamond" Phillips,
finding his character's center.
Well. Maybe that's enough.
The Official Web Site, in
all its garish glory