Advance screening courtesy of beActive
Six people are transported into the future and find themselves at CERN in Switzerland in the year 2018 only to discover that the Earth is a poisoned Post-Apocalyptic wasteland. Their goal is to reach the CERN Collider and set it in motion with the chance that it will send them back to their own time and change their own histories and that of the earth as well.
Collider is adapted from a graphic novel of the same name. From a birds eye view the plot is a cross between Twelve Monkeys and Pitch Black. The six characters philosophise whether they have been given a chance to rewrite their own histories but first they must learn to trust each other while battling vaguely unnspecified elements that have all but killed the population of the earth. It is a mish-mash of familiar sci-fi themes but from the trailer there was enough to pique the interest of any sci-fi fan.
Sadly the lack of originality is only one of the problems for this film. The initial fault has to lie with writer Nuno Bernardo who is also a producer. The screenplay is full of plot holes, dialogue that tells us what is happening as opposed to letting us work it out for ourselves, self-aware stereotypical characters and a story that in many places simply does not make sense.
But the Collider film was originally a graphic novel and is only part of the puzzle, as it is being launched across several platforms, including, webisodes and an app/game. Perhaps it makes more sense when viewed in conjunction with them but as a stand-alone film it is more than disappointing.
This is the third sci-fi either filmed in Ireland or written and directed by Irish people since 2012. In this order Lockout, Earthbound, and now Collider have become progressively worse. Despite Lockout’s cheesy script matched only by Guy Pearce’s cheesy performance it was a bit of fun as long as you left your brain at the door and filled your head with popcorn, with slick production values in other areas like direction and camerawork. Earthbound was a sweet love story with screenplay, continuity and perhaps budget concerns.
We have more than enough talent in front of and behind the camera and there will be a time soon when Ireland will produce a decent sci-fi!
Collider is in Irish cinemas now