Spectral (2016)

Directed by Nic Mathieu.  Written by Mathieu, Ian Fried and George Nolfi.  Starring James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Bruce Greenwood, Cory Hardrict, Clayne Crawford, Max Martini, Ryan Robbins, Ursula Parker, Gonzalo Menendez and Stephen Root.

Plot: a special ops team is dispatched to fight supernatural beings.


Right from the jump, I must say that if you’re looking for a terrifying supernatural saga, this ain’t it.  However, if you are looking for a somewhat ordinary, but also a little hair-raising thriller about a team of soldiers doing their best to survive, then this is for you.

The story follows a Dr. Clyne (Dale), who designed a special “hyperspectral imaging” goggle.  He’s flown to Eastern Europe where he’s introduced to your typical group of ragtag soldiers and told that people are being murdered by freezing their internal organs while burning their skin.  The CIA is also there in the guise of a woman named Fran (Mortimer) who thinks it’s the enemy in cloaking materials.  Stupid her.  Of course it’s not though, it’s spectral beings.  Once in the field, they all see “it” and most of them are killed by “it” and “it” fucks up their tanks and leaves them stranded.

It’s a bit of a quagmire to me.  Even the ending.  I don’t really get the whole point of the movie or how they learned to stop them.  But DJ found it interesting enough.  It was original and the soldiers were likable.  I just wish the end had been…. more.

Our score: 48.

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