Monday, 27 October 2014

"Debug" - UK DVD/BD review

I’m sure many sci-fi fans will be familiar with actor David Hewlett from his work on the various “Stargate” TV shows. Well, putting his sci-fi experience to good use, he’s turned his hand to directing to bring us the sci-fi-horror “Debug” which comes to UK disc this November from Signature entertainment.
Set in the distant future, a group of convicted computer hackers are sent to do some community service out in space. This involves sorting out and reprogramming the computer systems on a disused space freighter so that it can be salvaged.
Unfortunately, this one particular freighter turns out to be a former prison ship and the main computer seems to have developed a fault which has turned it psychotic (think HAL from "2001"). Pretty soon, people are being blown out of airlocks, tortured by the ships medical devices in the infirmary, or the computer is pitting the convicts against each other.
Borrowing elements from “Cube” and indeed “Stargate”, both of which the director starred in, the film is well shot with some impressive visuals and good effects, but is perhaps a little on the slow side. Overall I enjoyed it, but it did sort-of have a made-for-TV feel to it and, with a few tweaks of the script, wouldn’t have been out of place in an episode of “Stargate Atlantis”.
Sadly, there are no extras on the disc to speak of, apart from a few trailers for other Signature entertainment titles.
Anyway, the film should appeal to sci-fi B-movie fans and is released to UK DVD and BD 3rd Nov

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