|Star:||Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Lisa Ryder, Chuck Campbell|
|Cert / Year:||15 - R / 2001|
In 2010 it is decided that if Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder) can't be killed he should be cryogenically frozen. Unfortunately things go very wrong and he butchers nearly all of the Crystal Lake research facility staff. The one survivor, Rowan (Lexa Doig), freezes him and in the process herself. Skip forward 450 years to where Earth is a barren wasteland and the subject of archaeological expeditions. One such expedition unearths Jason and Rowan and decides to defrost them, big mistake. Now trapped on board a spaceship bound for Earth 2 the students and crew better watch out as Jason is back.
Here we go again its Friday the 13th part 10, but wait, what's happened? Where are the semi-clad teenage campers for Jason to slaughter by the lorry load? Well the answer is that they are now in a spaceship, and Jason has become the Terminator. This sounds pretty lame doesn't it, but every once in a while a film crops up that sounds bad but in fact it's pretty good fun (Bride of Chucky springs to mind). Jason X is one of these films. It's a mix of tired formulaic slasher movie (9th sequel for heavens sake), and a unoriginal smattering every sci-fi cliché from The Terminator to Aliens to name but a few. So what on earth (or in space) saves it?
Just one thing, and that is humour. This movie is funny, and what's more it's intentional. Every thing about the film is fun, from the opening cameo from the horror uber-meister David Cronenberg, to the ridiculous nod to the early movies of the franchise at the end. It just can't take itself seriously. This small fact has turned the film from a sad mishmash of other people ideas into one of the best movies of the franchise, and the best slasher films of the year so far. The script is packed full of camp characters with some almost caricatures of similar characters in other films, for an example check out the marines with their wonderful post Aliens dialogue. The script is also packed with good one-liners, which range from cheesy to hilarious. The whole effect is a film so over the top it is actually pretty cool.
Fans of the series won't be disappointed though, as all of the regular elements have made it into the mix. Scantly clad teenagers, check. Multiple gratuitous deaths, check. Big bloke in a hockey mask wielding giant knife, check. This is all classic Friday the 13th stuff. Furthermore the character of Jason has not been messed with (well initially), although the film is filled with humour Jason, excellently played again by Kane Hodder, is a still as menacing and evil as ever. When things do change and Jason is upgraded the end results are totally cool and even scarier. In the end despite the sci-fi trappings this is still a slasher movie of he old school.
There is of course a downside and it is what you would have expected. There really is little new on display. The script has been practically the same for the previous 9 movies and all that has been added is parts of other sci-fi films. The other major fault is the lack of believability. From the mysteriously indestructible spaceship containing nothing but sex mad teenagers and industrial drilling equipment, to the amazing armour piercing qualities of any weapon Jason choose to wield, we are talking the Waterworld book of realism. It really is best that you don't try to think about things too hard (especially the ending).
Despite its huge faults Jason X is a really fun film to watch. The special effects are excellent. The cast are good, especially the girls from the TV series Andromeda (in a nice twist Lexa Doig who is a robot in Andromeda is human here and Lisa Ryder is now the robot. A point picked up on in the script). The direction is for the most part very good but on rare occasion's things become a little confusing. But what makes the film is the fantastic sense of humour and its ability to laugh at itself. This allows the bad plot and poor realism to be ignored. Anoraks will appreciate the in jokes and Jason fans will love it. As for the rest of us, it's all great horror packed fun and a darn good laugh.
So with tongue stuck firmly in Hockey mask off Jason trots as his next opponent is none other than Freddy Kreuger.
Evil gets an Upgrade.
Sgt. Brodski: It'll take more than a little dig in the ribs to kill me.
(A second spike is pushed through his chest)
That'll do it!
|16 : 9||Good picture|
|Dolby Digital 5.1||Good sound but rear mix is a little lacking.|
|Too Many Lives Of Jason Voorhees documentary|
|Commentary by Jim Isaac, Todd Farmer and Noel Cunningham|
|By Any Means Necessary: The Making Of Jason X|
|Jump to a death feature|
|Various Trailers||Picture and sound are very good, and there are a resonable set of extras. Its a little dispointing that there are no deleted scenes, but hey thats just being greedy|