The Alien v Predator movies kind of answered that what can happen if the Xenomorph from Ridley Scott’s Alien landed on Earth. But it wasn’t a very satisfactory answer because it was busy settling its beef with the Predator and also because those movies were poorly directed. However, finally, it looks like we are going to get a definitive answer from Russia in the form of the sci-fi horror flick, Sputnik.
The IFC Midnight production is directed by Egor Abramenko and stars Oksana Akinshina, Fedor Bondarchuk, and Pyotr Fyodorov. The official synopsis for the film reads like this: “Due to her controversial methods, young doctor Tatiana Yurievna (Akinshina) is on the precipice of losing her medical license. Her career may not be over, though. After she’s recruited by the military, Tatiana is brought to a secure science research facility to assess a very special case, that of Konstantin Sergeyevich (Fyodorov), a cosmonaut who survived a mysterious space accident and has returned to Earth with a unique condition: there’s something living inside of him that only shows itself late at night. The military has nefarious plans for it. Tatiana wants to stop it from killing Konstantin. And the creature itself thrives on destruction.”
While the first bit of Sputnik has a ton of Alien vibes, down to even the face-hugger and the baby Xenomorph, a bunch of scientists working on an alien in a secret Russian facility reminds me a lot about Stranger Things 3. And since Stranger Things draws a lot of inspiration from 80’s science-fiction horror, I think I even saw shades of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Now, it might sound like Sputnik feels a little derivative and not so original, but let me tell you that a combination of all the above-mentioned properties is undeniably exciting.
Sputnik will open in theaters and VOD on August 14.
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