Good Monday everyone,
After my brief hiatus entry, entitled 'A Brief Hiatus', I am back with a vengeance.
Well, the film I'm about to review has the ever lovable Tom Sizemore!
The Relic (1997)
I had never heard of this film before last week but find Tom Sizemore at least watchable in everything I've seen him in. This is his first leading role I've seen him and whilst he plays a pretty generic detective/officer character, he injects it with enough charisma to carry the part farther than expected. He also helps the film deliver some charm and humour about it and he is by far the best part of the film.
The other lead, Penelope Ann Miller is one of those scientists that appears in this type of film. Intelligent, fiesty and plays a loose and flirty role against the male lead. She does this perfetly well but she isn't as able to add as much to a cliched role as Sizemore is able to.
The rest of the cast do a reasonable job with the material but the script is certainly not fantastic.
The plot of the film is a loose adaption of the 1995 novel of the same name and deals with a monster that haunts a museum just before an exhibition on superstition. There are also elements of science fiction and body horror. The film is much more effective at the start when the creature is heard but not seen. The film uses the setting extremely well to create unease and the collision of heavy superstition and science is nicely handled.
Towards the end of the film, the events move much more into standard monster horror territory. The CGI impresses enough and the creature effects (by Stan Winston) do a perfectly god job but after the buildup and scientific ideas the film highlights, the design is hideous, but not quite as impressive as I was hoping.
All in all, the film was really quite good and certainly if you're in the mood or enjoy films like Lake Placid or Anaconda maybe, then this film fits nicely among them, with the addition of a nice scientific element to boot.
I enjoyed it. Maybe it counts as a guilty pleasure, but a pleasure none the less.
Oh, just a brief footnote (and foottrailer):
Riddick trailer 2. A seemingly perfect blend of the great Pitch Black and the inventive, but disappointing, Chronicles of Riddick.