When the deep-space rescue ship Nightingale 229 answers a distress call from a mining planet, the crew — led by pilot Nick Vanzant — leaps light-years to find a lone survivor. But when the man joins them onboard, crew members start disappearing.
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A film about nothing, directed by no one, disowned by everyone involved; Supernova is the absolute nadir of late 90s/early 00s genre cinema. Lacking even the car crash novelty of Battlefield Earth, it's a film that just sits there, barely moving from one badly shot, blue-lit cockpit scene of exposition to the next, occasionally throwing in some poorly choreographed action before unraveling back into nothingness.
Watched this because I read about what could have been in the great book THE GREATEST SCI FI MOVIES NEVER MADE. Obviously it's a mess but there are actually a lot of intriguing ideas here. Too many really, which is part of the problem; someone needed to say, hey, let's save this or that idea for a different flick. Enjoyable disaster.
Some interesting material; the relationship between the computer and Benjamin was engaging, and probably deserves to be looked at in another movie. It felt like HAL from 2001, but in reverse. The computer was powerless to HELP rather than hinder.