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on 14 December 2012
I bought this spur-of the-moment, but on reflection I wish I hadn't. This may be a cult film for some people but it didn't really deliver properly, for my liking. I enjoy the nostalgia of 80's films and Sci-Fi, and thought this might be good. Sadly, it didn't live up to expectations, despite an imaginative and ambitious script.
Lifeforce tries to take on too much, as a piece of British Sci-Fi action/drama. The plot becomes unneccesarily confused in its attempts to create a dynamic and varied experience for the viewer. The only redeeming feature is the relatively unknown actress Mathilda May, who plays a naked space vampire (yes, the plot is on that kind of level). What the film obviously lacks in a coherent script, she almost makes up for with an amazing figure (esp. her breasts). That may keep us guys watching, for a while. But at 151 minutes, this film seemed just a bit too long, for something that was muddled from the start.
Premise: astronauts discover dormant alien vampires in a spaceship, hidden in Haley's Comet. The lead female vampire uses her mental powers & obvious physical charms to control the male psyche, thereby hitchning a lift back to earth in order to lure unsuspecting victims to their death. This is done when Mathilda May drains the lifeforce out of various unsuspecting men, during a few soft-porn moments.
The vampires reach earth and infect/control/kill and zombie-fy everyone. In the end lead astronaut (Nicholas Ball) manages to withstand May's seductive powers (sort of) and helps destroy her ship in a desperate save-the-earth-from-complete-destruction type scenario.
There are some good moments (a burning City of London, dessicated human husks - poor souls who've had the life force drained from them) who scream and stagger and blow to bits, after May has had her way with them. Frank Finlay, Patrick Stewart & Peter Firth also put in an appearance. But overall the film isn't as good as the likes of David Cronnenberg's 80's classic 'Scanners' or as watchable as Stephen King's 'Cats Eye'. Both of those DVD's are worth getting instead of this one.
It's ok to watch once in a blue moon (which incidentally Mathilda May shows plenty of - it must have been rather chilly walking around stark naked for most of the film, not that I mind) and some folks might find it better than I did.