Astro May Launch With Great Premise, Trailer Fails To Deliver
Astro. Film Details.
Director: Asif Akbar
Release Date: June 5th, 2018
Release Format: DVD
MPAA Rating: N/A
A science-fiction story of a billionaire’s private space exploration program returning to Earth with an abducted extraterrestrial from a newly discovered alien planet.
Sci-fi thriller Astro, written and directed by Asif Akbar and co-written by Bernard Selling which features Gary Daniels (The Expendables), Dominique Swain (Boone: The Bounty Hunter) and Marshal Hilton (Primal Rage), will premiere in Cannes in May before hitting DVD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in June.
Asif Akbar and Bernard Selling are currently finishing the Astro book series based on the movie which will be released in July on Amazon.
“We are excited to create and introduce a new modern day science-fiction franchise to the world.”
Asif Akbar, Astro Director
Gary Daniels as Jack Adams
Marshal Hilton as Alexander Biggs
Courtney Akbar as Laura Lee Adams
Max Wasa as Vivian
Louis Mandylor as Viktor Khol
Michael Paré as Allen Smith
Astro is a sci-fi action thriller and its trailer is a lot to take in. We are offered with cheap visuals, uninteresting dialogues and a tremendous amount of frenzy that we can’t figure out if what we’re viewing is pure sci-fi mystery or a satire of action and thriller combined.
From the Press Release:
Brian Steele Medina of Gemini Syndrome, composed the music and Sound FX for Astro’s trailer, which also features an unreleased track “We Are the Fallen” written by the alternative metal band. The film’s original score is composed by Erick Schroeder.
The music feels out of place when it should be introduced in a B-horror film or an action feature. Maybe I’m missing something out of Akbar and Selling’s concept and maybe the trailer doesn’t do justice of the movie itself but I’m not at all thrilled by the elements I was witnessing while watching it… There are issues of pace, the atmosphere feels bland and incomplete and the special effects aren’t assuring. I was not into the story or minimally intrigued by the alien introduction.
If Akbar and Selling are planning on releasing books based on the movie, maybe the story should be merely in print and not at all transported into the screen. It could function as a comic book or an entertaining piece of Sci-Fi and I hope I’m mistaken and the movie turns out to be a revelation but generally when the trailer comes out it means that the movie is already in post-prod and practically finished… at least we can say that the poster is pretty good and its style brings an inch of curiosity which is always positive.