Thursday, July 31, 2008

Name the Movie

OK, this has been bothering me for, I guess, three years now.

When I was in Iceland, I spent one night sick in my hotel room, drinking tea, peeing my brains out, eating peanuts from the mini-fridge, and watching a movie on TV.

A movie I never found out the title of.

I've been trying to hunt it down since, but, given the dodginess of my memory here, and the fact that I only saw the end of the movie, I'm not getting very far.

Here's what I know:

1.  It is not Dark City.

I have to stress this point, because I really thought it was Dark City.  I bought Dark City.  That ain't it.

2.  The protagonist is a white dude.  Probably someone who looks vaguely like Kiefer Sutherland.

I couldn't identify the dude for certain at the time, but I was all, "Hey, is that Kiefer Sutherland?"  This is one of the things that pointed me in the Dark City direction earlier.

3.  It's a science-fiction movie. 

Possibly with action-y elements.

4.  There's a "buddy" of some sort. 

Can't remember anything at all about the buddy -- not even if he was a real buddy or just someone Not Kiefer Sutherland was thrown together with.

5.  There was a woman involved. 

Probably a wife.  Could've been a partner.  I know there's a betrayal here somewhere, but whether it was buddy or woman -- don't recall.

6.  There was a murder involved.

Could've been the woman; not at all sure.

7.  It was all leading up to some great big reveal at the end.  Where Not Kiefer and whomever he is with (and here I can't recall whether it's the buddy or the woman) finds what I only assume is a crashed spaceship.  In the woods someplace.  And for some reason, it's really important that Not Kiefer bash open the pod carrying the alien (again, this is my assumption) and look inside.  And he does.  And the dead thing in there is (shock!) Not Kiefer.

And I don't know if this means that Not Kiefer's a replicant or whatever; but he doesn't seem happy with this discovery.  And there's also a bit of shooty-shooty that happens around here -- like maybe the woman didn't want him to open the pod; or maybe he made with the shooting after he opened it.  Not sure.

I've just pawed through 17 pages on Netflix of "Sci-Fi/Action" movies and still can't find it. 

Someone?  Please?  What the hell was I watching?

1 comment:

hewasolddog299 said...

I haven't a clue ... so I suggest you send a copy of this entry to John Scalzi as he (literally) wrote the book on Science Fiction movies. Perhaps it'll trigger his memory and get you an answer. If not, he might be able to ask his 40,000 readers and perhaps THEY will have a memory of the title that solves the mystery for you.

In any event, good luck with your search...

wil