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When you hear a title like Battle in Space: The Armada Attacks! certain expectations are set up. You expect, oh, I don’t know, perhaps a battle in space? Maybe an armada attacking? Perchance some cardboard characters delivering over-blown dialog and enacting some insane plot?
You certainly wouldn’t expect what you get in Battle in Space: The Armada Attacks!.
[three_fourth] Though promoted and sold as a fun, cheesy sci-fi action flick, Battle in Space is actually a low-budget “indie” anthology of dark, serious science-fiction short features.
The first concerns a cynical, down-at-his-heels ex-cop turned private eye, who searches for a kidnapped child and redeems himself in battle with alien invaders; the second, “The Hermes,” involves two psychic warriors infiltrating an enemy base and stealing a powerful crystal; “The Agamemnon” details a manned mission to Mars, and one man’s descent into madness; “The Persis” is a battle of wills between a cyborg soldier and his fully-organic co-pilot, one of whom has been brainwashed – but which?; and “The Caronte” is a young woman’s race against time and enemy aliens as she seeks to justify her kid brother’s faith in her.
While each vignette is well-written and fairly well-acted, audiences are strongly cautioned: this film is NOT the fun action-packed space opera its publicity and trailers imply. Caveat emptor.
Released on January 12, 2021, this film was written and directed by Andrew Jaksch, Lukas Kendall, Sanjay F. Sharma, and Luis Tinoco, with additional writing by Josh Guttman and additional direction by Toby Rawal and Scott Robson. It stars Doug Jones (Hellboy, The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth), Eric Palladino (Watchmen mini-series, Arrow, 666 Park Avenue), and Douglas Tait (Annabelle Comes Home, Hellboy , Star Trek: Picard).
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Rating for Battle in Spence: The Armada Attacks!:
For the Actual Film: 2 out of 4 (Average)
For the Film as Advertised: 0 out of 4 (Bomb!)
Audio Version for Episode 14: Battle in Space: The Armada Attacks!
Length: 43 mins, 43 seconds