Disney's first PG-rated sci-fi adventure. Has an interesting plot, which can be okay at times but the last half-hour was really entertaning. That ending was so breathless mindfuck I've seen in any classic live-action Disney film. Though, it was well done and had both a perfect all-star cast & unique score by John Barry. I have to say this is still watchable anyhow. Also heard Edgar Wright loves this film, too.
Disney produces a dark science-fiction film with a stellar cast and score by John Barry during the same experimental phase that led to "Tron." What I love most about the film is that it ultimately abandons any sense of logic or science for the sake of cinematic expressionism - our damaged spaceship, careening at the edge of a wormhole, is transformed into a fiery red inferno of collapsing steel and tumbling meteors
Have to agree with the other poster here. While I haven't seen it in awhile, I do remember it being very boring and not making too much logical sense. The robots looked terrible. First lesson of a science-fiction film: If you want it to be taken seriously, don't make your robots look like they came out of a cartoon.
You might fill your eye-rolling quota for the month about halfway through, but for all the things it doesn't quite get right, there's a dread and bleakness to this film that's always intrigued me. & hell yes the ending is fantastic (as is Maximillian) (the robot & the beard). While it's notorious for "paying homage" to numerous sci-fi progenitors, I wish more films nowadays would return the favor.