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2001: A Space Travesty

review by Chad Peter

 

 

Rating: R

Running Time: 98 minutes

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Ophelie Winter, Alexandra Kamp

Written by: Alan Shearman

Directed by: Allan A. Goldstein

 

Studio: Columbia/Tri-Star

Retail Price: $24.95

Features: Trailers

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selections

Released: March 19th, 2002

 

 

...Wow...

I must say -- I didn't see this one coming.

"2001: A Space Travestry" is every bit of a corny laugh it was shaped up to be -- A shake and bake comedy with little laughability, and aged humor. REALLY aged humor.

This is one of those kinds of films that you KNOW you have to stupidify yourself before having watched the film -- A requirement which I fulfilled by immediately guzzling a liter of Smirnoff. 5 long minutes, and twenty jelly beans later, I'm drunk...and watching this movie.

*an hour and a half, and a bad movie later*

Man, for the love of God, that movie needed boobies. It was rated R -- but for WHAT? Silly little oral sex jokes??? You've got to be kidding me. My cat spews out more obsinities than this travesty -- pun, by all means, intented. There is not a single harsh word -- Not even a single nipple -- IN this film. I would have paid someone to switch out the film with a GOOD bad movie, like "Leprechaun 4", or something -- A film which, most likely, used the same crew. Dear God.

BUT, somehow...I liked this movie. It was effective at making a drunkard laugh, and laugh I did. Laugh at what, I do not know -- But I do recall laughing (or maybe it was the alcohol...maybe it still is). I've always wondered though...If people still set out to make parodies (and this wasn't really a parody, although I was hoping it was -- on "2001") -- I mean, specifically BAD parodies, does it make them "good" if they suck? Most people set out to make good films -- and if they succeed, then that film is rightly deemed "good". But what about those of us who set out to make bad films...purposely? If the goal is to make a bad film, and a "BAD" film is what results -- Do they cancel each other out and make a "good" film? (Just say no, because NO is the answer.)

Everyone must be in the mood for a bad film -- I must admit that I miss the old days when all my buddies and I would gather around the tube for "crappy movie night." At those times, the "Carnasaur" films were King, and we KNEW what a good bad movie really meant. So, by all means, "2001: A Space Travesty" has it's clever moments, but overall fails to be as "bad" as "Leprechaun 4" -- or any of the "Carnasaur" films. Not even Leslie Nielsen can save this boat (although the two female costars caught my drunken attention on many occasions). Allan A. Goldstein's directing was fairly passionate, however, I will give him that much -- In the business of making "bad" films, one would HAVE to be passionate about the genre, or else you're totally doomed. He never let up on the wacky action...EVER. Maybe that was the problem.

Or maybe I'm still drunk.

...Anyway, this movie is interesting to say something about it, if anything. It's certainly not worth your money, though -- and there's a reason you've probably never heard of it. Perhaps, if it's a late night and nothing else seems to be happening, give this film a rent and see what the heck I'm talking about. But don't forget the beer, and try to have a member of the opposite sex in your presence -- just incase the film's (lack of) sex scenes begins to dull your mind.

BTW, the fart "scenes" at the end of the credits are the funniest thing in the whole film.

 

There's not too much to be said about the video presentation within this film or DVD. Quite honestly, I was impressed with the actual quality of the colors, and the transfer was blemishless. At times I felt as if I were watching something on television -- Not in terms of quality, but in terms of how the scenes had been set up -- It was like watching the original "Star Trek" series all over again. No scenes -- minus the first and climax scenes -- were specifically "cinematic" in nature, and thus, we're subjected to another visually boring film.

Despite being an otherwise blemish-free film, one little error jumps out anyway: A few quick shots reveal heavy film grain, which is quite noticable, but ultimately livable in the end. I wish I could dig up more dirt on this film, but I can't find any...The video quality is decent.

Oh, and the special effects were actually good too.

 

OH BOY, I'm going to LOVE this part!!!

Number one: What good is Dolby Digital 5.1 if your sound is OUT OF SYNC!!!? At about the half way point in the film, I began to notice that something was off kilter. Minutes later, I discovered that the sound was actually out of sync by about a half second. I admit, I got over it, and immediately tried to block it out of my mind, but there it was again -- lips moving, and the words coming out too long afterwards.

*twitch*

I don't know if I can forgive this, but I don't know who to blame. Somewhere, either in editing, or in the transfer, the sound went out of sync and stayed out of sync. I made sure that my player was working correctly, and even switched players, but to no avail -- it was flat out out of sync.

 

Supplements? What supplements?

Trailers to a few other films like, The Animal and "Joe Dirt"? Are you kidding me?

A documentary about the making of this film would be BETTER than the movie itself! Come on, where's the 'making of', people?!?!

 

"2001: A Space Travesty" is fun for about 45 minutes, which isn't TOO bad considering every other minute is okay. Get drunk, invite friends over, and hope that you might have a good time.