Harbinger Down is very entertaining The Thing knock-off movie.
A group of grad students have booked passage on the crabbing boat called Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Belugas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly.
The Review (Spoiler Free)
First thing you’ll noticed about the movie is that the movie is comparable to The Thing. The movie is not good as The Things but not bad for an independent movie with tiny Kickstarter budget. The settings is pretty nice and the actors are pretty good. The movie is comparable to The Thing because the monsters are aliens from out of space and they mutate inside the human host. Just like The Thing, it uses practical effects and some stop-motions effect. There is NO cheap CGI effects.
The monster looks pretty cool and the special effects are descent considering it’s low budget movie. Although, the effects could be better considering the company who did the effects has some veteran effects guys with lots of experience.
In terms of the story, there isn’t much story line, and there is nothing original about the story. A ship with bunch of grad-student found a frozen Soviet space wreckage buried in the ice. This Soviet space wreckage is infected the deadly alien species who is looking for human host.
The pace of the movie is good. There are few minuets of introduction to the characters, and the the action starts right away.
In terms of acting, Lance Henriksen is great, but even the rest of the actors give professional performances. Also the characters themselves were somewhat interesting making the movie feel more engaging when adding a little depth to them.
All in all, this is an entertaining movie for those who like alien monster movie, and for those who appreciate the practical special effects monsters.
In the Nutshell
Harbinger Down is an entertaining movie for those who like alien monster movie, and for those who appreciate the practical special effects monsters. If you have Amazon Prime or free Tubi TV, do check it out. [4 out of 5 stars]
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Rotten Tomato Rating: 43% / 19%
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