There’s no question that Netflix is upping the streaming ante with their original programming. Pro Couch Bingers like us are very familiar with their offerings like the phenomenal Stranger Things but sometimes we forget to keep checking back to see what’s new. That was case with their latest original film – Spectral.
This past weekend I saw the Spectral graphic on my Netflix bar but moved right past it, thinking I would eventually revisit it later. Thanks to those wonderful fellow nerds at Nerdist, they happened to do a review of the show which I read soon after seeing the ad. For their review, go here but let me just say that the bottom line for me is that this was a badass military action movie that gives you a lot of big screen theatrical bang for streaming bucks.
At times, it does really feel like a cool video game as Nerdist references but the cool factor goes beyond that. It sort of digs into the roots of great, intense military action movies that came before it like Black Hawk Down and 13 Hours. Lots of the scenes are shot in a fast-paced manner which lends to the heart pounding anxiety you feel albeit in a good way. The fight-or-flight factor is very much alive and well in Spectral.
Some of the cast may be familiar while others may have you scratching your head a little head, wondering where you’ve seen them. No doubt they all play their parts really well: James Badge Dale (World War Z), Bruce Greenwood (J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films), Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom), Clayne Crawford (the new Lethal Weapon TV series), Max Martini (13 Hours), Cory Hardrict (American Sniper) and Louis Ozawa Changchien (The Man in the High Castle, Predators).
The overall plot focuses on a Spec Ops team of American soldiers who begin to come across situations in Moldova that can’t be explained but have deadly consequences. A scientist is called in for help who knows his way around building things and right away draws his own conclusions on what appears to be otherworldly beings. As you can imagine, total chaos ensues. It gets even better when a few weapon montages kick in.
The runtime of Spectral may seem a little long at almost two hours until a moment in the movie happens that will make you pause to check the time. At that point, you’ll be relieved to know it’s not over. Trust me…..it’s a fun ride.
Release Date: December 9, 2016 – Streaming now on Netflix
Director By: Nic Mathieu
Starring: Clayne Crawford, Emily Mortimer, Bruce Greenwood, James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Louis Ozawa Changchien
Synopsis: A sci-fi/thriller story centered on a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings.