Starring Stink Fisher, Daniel Baldwin, Vivica A. Fox
Directed by Brandon Slagle
Attention all sci-fi nerds (and I mean that in the nicest way possible): are you looking for one of those guilt-free, set your brains on the back-burner kinds of flix that seems destined for a certain spin on a cable network in the not-too-far-off future? Then look no further than Crossbreed, the latest offering from director Brandon Slagle (House Of Manson, The Black Dahlia Haunting) – laid out like a science experiment gone beautifully awry, this one will have us in the time machine not wanting to hit the “return” button.
The year is 2060 and humanity is suffering from the after-effects of World War III (those unruly aliens just love to start shit), and our distinguished President Of The United States (Fox) along with her grizzled Secretary of Defense (Baldwin at his grunting, scowling best) has enlisted some assistance to retrieve an alien bio-weapon from the wrong hands. Enter our rag-tag team of military bad-asses, led by Boss Ryker (quite possibly one of the greatest acting names ever: Stink Fisher) – the band of brothers launches into action, Predator-hunter style ready to reel in the alien cargo of choice (played by Devanny Pinn). What follows is a product that has more cheese than a pallet jack loaded up with Velveeta, and that’s not a bad thing by any stretch – these movies, while deemed stunningly bad by some, are the treasures that some regale in earnest.
The movie’s blueprint is fairly easy to decipher – just take any handful of “tough guys on a mission” flick from back in the day, chuck em’ into outer space and BOOM – you’ve got Crossbreed. Now for those who say it’s not fair to compare this movie to so many others before it, please don’t get your moon-boots in a miff – this movie is played to the hilt by a group of professionals who really jumped into their performances and are showcasing their adept skills at providing some B-movie amplitude – for those unwilling to accept said declaration: the moon-hatch is thataway. In all seriousness (not really), the movie has more than its share of ups and downs, but if it’s ground-level entertainment that you’re after with some really nice special fx (I won’t mention the CGI), then Crossbreed is something that should be checked out at least one time, for sci-fi’s sake.