By Dave B.
I likely won’t be writing a review of Black Panther. Everyone has seen it. Everyone loves it. So, what’s the point? Spectral (Netflix), however, is a much lesser known movie, that someone may be inclined to watch someday. Despite its 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I’d advise against it.
Like What Happened to Monday? (Netflix), I delayed watching Spectral because I thought it would underwhelm. Unlike What Happened to Monday?, it really did. Despite watching the movie in the early evening, I fell asleep twice. When I rewound to the last parts that I remembered, I realized that my falling asleep wasn’t because I was tired. It was actually a subconscious defense mechanism to protect my mind from the disaster onscreen.
It’s not the mediocre acting, average special effects, or lack of character development that make this a bad movie. It’s that this movie gives the impression that its creators made a conscious decision to check all of the sci-fi action movie boxes and go absolutely no further. At various points, I thought the movie could become a tale about the potential dangers of military use of cutting-edge technology, or perhaps a tale of wartime heroism and sacrifice. Maybe even a love story of some sort. But the movie intentionally veers away from all of those, becoming pointless. It’s a creative decision that I don’t understand.
Someday, you may be hungover and bored and decide to give Spectral a chance. Don’t. You would be better off doing almost anything else other than watching this movie. I can never get back the time I spent watching it. Hopefully, the two minutes you spent reading this will spare you two hours down the road. 3/10