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Habitat

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  •  Canada / Netherlands  •    •  120m  •    •  Directed by: Rene Daalder.  •  Starring: Balthazar Getty, Tchéky Karyo, Alice Krige, Kenneth Welsh, Laura Harris, Brad Austin, Christopher Heyerdahl, Kris Holden-Ried, Daniel Pilon, Lynne Adams, Susan Almgren, Amanda Blitz, Gouchy Boy.  •  Music by: Ralph Grierson.
        In a future world where Earth's ozone layer has been completely destroyed, a brilliant but obsessed scientist, Hank Symes uses illegally obtained biological materials for an experiment that he hopes will save the world. In the course of his work, a terrible accident occurs, transforming him into a fantastic otherworldly lifeform and changing his house into a huge living entity which threatens all who enter.

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Spoilers! After an accident in his basement, a scientist's household becomes a rain forest that transform all who enter it. Yikes! What a stinker. Rented this despite mixed reviews and wish I hadn't. This film has the distinct honor of being THE only film I've ever seen that actually put me to sleep! Writerdirector Rene Daalder's script is occasionally interesting and intelligent, but the high school bully's dialog-'my favorite line being; "Yo organs n' skin gonna melt like stew!"-'is laughable, and character development is minimal. And there was one really, really troubling line that is unfortunately scared in my mind:

"You ever heard of hygiene? Even animals lick themselves clean! I spend a lot of time with my boys in the shower, and I teach them that even body odor isn't just smell: it's bacteria, it's germs!"

Wow, that's unsettling. I really, really hope that when Daalder was writing this line, he intended it to be funny, if not, I shutter at what kind of childhood he must have endured! His direction is wildly uneven at best. The film was shot on a High Definition Sony video, giving it a distinctly blurry, ugly look, it felt like watching one of those really bad day-time soap operas.

The actors are passable, no one was really awful I suppose, given the material they were working with, but no one gave a truly solid, note-worthy performance either.

So, what in this film actually worked? Well for one, the set looks great. Kudos to the production designer Claude Paré for creating a wonderfully disgusting jungle of a set, considering the budget was pretty low and time was probably limited, the setprop constructors definitely deserve a pat on the back of their work. The visual effects, though obvious and easy to spot, were overall decent; I've seen much, much worse CGI from much bigger-budget films (Resident Evil, anyone?). And then, there's...uh...I guess that's all that really worked in Habitat. Shame. The plot is actually half-decent, with more money this could have been a good sci-fihorror blend, but alas, it's nothing but your usual direct-to-video fodder.


Review by willywants from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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