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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.
Not gonna lie, I watched this for one reason and one reason only: blonde Mark Hamill as an evil bounty hunter. And while it certainly wasn't a let down to watch him shoot people up, those moments were few and far between. Overall, Slipstream is just a massive bore. It's cheap, poorly written, and the main "good guy" is annoying as hell. I really wanted Hamill to shoot his face in. Just a boring and poorly thought-out sci-fi film.
As far as misleading box art/posters/taglines go this is way up there. "A POST APOCALYPTIC DIRTY HARRY" it is not.
Inexplicable and generally entertaining. In direct opposition to the Leonard Maltin Movie Guide blurb, I really enjoyed the third act and found Mark Hamill's performance to be horrible.
I'm going to create an edit that is solely composed of all of Bill Paxton's lines (not joking).
In all honesty, Slipstream should have worked.
It's from the director of cult classic Tron and Hot Pursuit (1987), starring Jedi Mark Hamill; the only person that has been killed by an Alien, Predator, and Terminator, Bill Paxton; and not to mention it's produced by George Lucas collaborator, Gary Kurtz.
So why was Slipstream a heated mess?
The story just drags on, there is little character development, and some of the score is stolen from Star Wars.
Slipstream has got to be one of the most boring films I have ever seen.
My recommendation is to just skip this.
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Let me be clear. My star rating of this film is based on the aspects of film making not entertainment value. Because this film was so bad it was awesome. I'm not sure who the protagonist was because we follow 3 different characters but never really learn much about any of them. I am guessing Mark Hamill was supposed to be the villain but he never really did anything bad. In fact he was just doing his job as a police officer but I guess that goes against what the other characters want to do, so he must be the villain.
This movie is incredibly quote worthy but no one is going to have any idea what you are talking…
There's a scene in which Mark Hamill throws a poison dart at a guy then says "poison dart" and it's just the greatest.
Only took me 25 years to watch this film. Somehow every time I had decided to watch it, it wasn't available at the videostore, or something else kept me from watching it. As an avid fan of Star Wars, Aliens & most other Sci-Fi, it has always been a film I wanted to see.
Although the film is very dated, the special effects are quite bad by today's standard and the story isn't a flowing thing, it is still enough fun to watch. Reminds me of other 80's sci-fi, like Steel Dawn and Buckaroo Banzai.
I just put this on my Roku out of curiosity because of the poster and the premise, plus Mark Hamill and Bill Paxton was in it, "TRON" co-writer/director Steven Lisberger helmed it and I saw on IMDb that the late, great Elmer Bernstein composed the music. Then, I went to the BetaMax TV channel on Roku to watch it and it's....something. While the score is certainly epic and sweeping (this is Elmer Bernstein we're talking about, of course it's going to be epic and sweeping) and the cinematography is pretty good, the acting is a little choppy and the pacing is a little off. Not to mention that the movie looks way too much like a big studio picture to be in the public domain. However, considering the problems that this dystopian science fiction adventure has, I can see why it is in the public domain. Only watch it if you're bored or curious or both.
It’s unsurprising that Slipstream has been completely forgotten despite featuring a talented, recognizable cast (Mark Hamill, Bill Paxton, Ben Kingsley and F. Murray Abraham all make appearances). You could easily blame its comically overstuffed plot (featuring no shortage of ideas, but nowhere near enough focus or depth) or the fact that none of the characters grow to become more than the stale tropes that inspired them (the messianic figure™, the rogue with the heart of gold™, the reluctant love interest™, the black-clad gunman™). I’d say that the film could have been improved by adding another half-hour to the running time in order to flesh out its world and characters, but it already meanders at a dangerously slow pace. Despite these fundamental problems, however, Slipstream is modestly entertaining, occasionally intriguing, and certainly not lacking in potential.
This movie is AWFUL, and not even in an endearing way. It's cheesy and sexist and bland and I'm not sure how or why it even exists. But Mark Hamill is really, really hot in it. So it wasn't a total waste of time.
Dated. Steven Lisberger has big ideas but can't bring them out, with the daring, intriguing universe rendered as a series of drab, windswept landscapes. The script itself is a modish quest piece tracking through a series of actors the production could clearly only afford for a day's shooting and it's difficult to tell if the great Bob Peck's putting in a bad showing or just bemused by the scattershot succession of cliches. And as for Mark Hamill snarling away in a desperate attempt to leave Luke Skywalker behind? It's hard to choose between respecting him for his unfortunate efforts or pitying him for his desperation.
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Cool title, great poster, but what does it all mean? Well in this dystopian future there has been some sort of global environmental disaster that has somehow made all the Earth's jet streams (or one?) gravitate down to the surface. Basically, although unexplained, the Earth's weather systems have been well and truly fucked up, thusly the surface of the planet is now racked with tremendously fast winds destroying everything, leaving small pockets of human life surviving in extreme ways. Apparently travelling on the ground with vehicles is a no no because of the atmospheric conditions (eh?), so many travel in the skies with small aircraft (such as the Edgley Optica) and ride the slipstream. Basically navigating the intense high velocity…
WOW what a movie! So many famous people, so little cohesion! It's an overlong, terribly paced, unoriginal futuristic chase movie that also wants to take the time to ruminate on the meaning of existence and artificial intelligence, with a comedic-buddy-adventure vibe popping up once in a while. I could not get a handle on any of it. A large portion of the film involves Bill Paxton not understanding that the other main character is VERY OBVIOUSLY an android and it's kind of hilariously infuriating. Not enough has Mark Hamill as the bleached-blonde villain(?), who liked to shoot darts and hang out with his equally blonde girlfriend and/or platonic partner and/or sister in their cute little glider. There are at least a dozen plots that fade in and out of what resembles an over-arching narrative, with characters appearing and disappearing at will, and very little resolution. And what about those crazy balloons? Why didn't anyone talk about those???
Solid B-movie-entertainment starring Luke Hamill and Bill Paxton. The only flaws of this post apocalyptic/dystopian sci-fi-mix are its pretty confusing plot and the fact that Byron is behaving more like a "Blade Runner"-replicant instead of an android.
Nice movie, worth a view.
At a certain point of this movie I looked away for a minute, and when I came back it had turned from a movie about a criminal manhunt to a Blade Runner-esque android story set in the faux-20's.
I don't recommend missing that minute, because it's pretty incomprehensible if you do.
An alright Sci-Fi action adventure with a pretty deep bromance between Bill Paxton and Bob Peck.
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