From the depths of the earth. To the edge of existence... The hunt is on!
Slipstream is a 1989 post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure film. The plot has an emphasis on aviation and contains many common science-fiction themes, such as taking place in a dystopian future in which the landscape of the Earth itself has been changed and is windswept by storms of great power. There are also numerous sub-plots, such as free will and humanity amongst artificial intelligence.
Is this a British production? Because it has that low-budget, I-don't-know-how-to-propel-narrative-momentum stink to it.
It's not inherently bad, but it's certainly not good. Hammill is great as the under-written and underused bad guy, but there's an otherwise absence of conviction to the writing, direction and production design that makes this feel like a b-movie for kids.
Maybe this is just ambition drowned by lack of sophistication, but it's certainly not the movie it could have been.
(For some reason it made me want to watch Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into The Future - a TV movie from the same period that was way better than this POS...)
I've always liked Slipstream, but there's something not quite right about it. I think it's the dialogue - it's as if it was written by someone who speaks English as a second language. It's not technically incorrect and it's certainly not on the level of what we'd refer to as "Engrish" but it's just...awkward.
In any case, it's still a fun movie with a good cast. I've never been a big Bill Paxton fan, but this role suits him. I love Mark Hamill in this - the guy's a genuinely great actor and I think it's a real shame that he had to be under the shadow of Luke Skywalker his entire career because I would have loved to have…
I'll put it right out there: this is one of the five worst movies that I've ever seen. I was lured into Slipstream by Bill Paxton and Mark Hamill, but quickly realized what a dire mistake I had made. In this film Mark Hamill is one of two bounty hunters who have tracked down and captured a rogue android. Seeing an opportunity to make some money by collecting the android's reward himself, bounty hunter Bill Paxton kidnaps him from his captors and takes off down the slipstream (a supposedly violent wind current that runs for hundreds of miles). The acting in this movie? Shit. The directing? Shit. Music? Shit. Story? Shit. Effects? What effects? There is not a single redeeming thing about this movie. It's confusing, but at the same time it's boring, so you'll never even care about clearing up your confusion. I can't stress this enough: stay away from this piece of garbage.