This under-rated, low-budget gem shares several themes with other movie adaptations from the great Phillip K Dick (Bladerunner, Total Recall, Imposter) where viewers and even the characters and are unsure of who (or what) is really human or real and who or what is good / bad (Minority Report). There are enough twists to keep you guessing until the end, with some great suspense and quite scary scenes. As with all PKD's works, there is some subtle humor thrown in (eg smoking ‘reds’). Peter Weller gives a great performance as a jaded war veteran, with an excellent supporting cast. 41/2 stars.
The year is 2078. The man is rebel Alliance Commander Col. Joseph Hendricksson (Peter Weller), assigned to protect the Sirius 6B outpost from ravage and plunder at the hands of the New Economic Bloc.His state-of-the-art weaponry are known as Screamers; manmade killing devices programmed to eliminate all enemy life forms. Screamers travel underground; their intent to kill announced by earpiercing shrieks.
They dissect their victims with sushi precision, then eradicate all traces of the carnage. They are lethal. Effective. Tidy.And, somehow, they are mutating – seelf-replicating into human form – and slaughtering every beating heart on the planet.
- " Screamers manages to evolve and entertain throughout. " – Ed Travis
- " A fun, fast-paced futuristic thriller with enough jolts per frame to keep even the most impatient action fan happy. " – Brendan Kelly
- " Had Screamers been made in 1980 it would have achieved classic status. " – Mark R. Leeper
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.78 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 5.1