The crew of a deep space colony ship Elysium awakens to find Earth gone, their ship in shambles, and host to some rather disturbing stowaways. To make matters worse they have almost no memories of who they are or what is happening.
Plot : D12
I am actually a little pissed as the plot to this movie very strongly echoes a game I was already writing. This plot could be used easily as is or split off into many interesting variants on the theme. It is not an original plot to be sure, but I have never seen it done better.
Characters : D10
Interesting characters with a variety of motivations and skills. These could easily be either PCs or NPCs. The acting is pretty solid and the dialogue is believable.
Setting : D12
This movie does a good job setting up the Elysium and it’s place in the universe without overexplaining things. The sets are very impressive and feel used and lived in and reaching the end of their durability. There are a lot of nice details to keep in mind for when you are running a game in an old space ship, station, or other high tech installation gone to seed.
Gear, Tech, and Magic Swords : D10
A good mix of high tech in decline and improvised tools and weapons. Everything new looks suitably high-tech and everything else looks like it was made out of broken remains a long time ago. This movie does not have much in the way of special items or macguffins, with the exception of a wrist mounted energy weapon that really could use better straps, but the look and feel of everything is very solid and believable.
Beasties and Baddies : D12
Like Mutant Chronicles the enemies are all of a type with only a few individuals who stand out as being just the bigger and tougher versions of the same thing. There are no additional monsters or beasties nor would it make any sense if there were any. The baddies are nasty and frightening and could easily be used as is or tweaked a bit for other similar scenarios.
Overall Score : D20
This movie sort of quietly came and went. One moment I seem to remember a preview and the next it was on the discount table at my local video store. I bought it solely based on it’s cover to fill out the 5 for $20 deal and was amazed when I finally watched it. Not only is it a solid sci-fi adventure movie, but wonderfully suited to inspire all kinds of games. I place this movie solidly in my top 10 sci-fi horror movies.
Recommended System : BRP, GURPS, Traveller