2103: The Deadly Wake Release Date: 1997 Genre: Sci-Fi Director: Philip Jackson (Replikator, co-creator of “Starhunter”) Writers: Doug Bagot (Carver’s Gate), Andrew Dowler, Timothy Lee (Street Gun) Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Michael Paré 2103: The Deadly Wake is, well, weird. That’s the best way to describe it. Starring Malcolm McDowell as an out-of-work ship Captain who […]

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2103: The Deadly Wake
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Sci-Fi
Director: Philip Jackson (Replikator, co-creator of “Starhunter”)
Writers: Doug Bagot (Carver’s Gate), Andrew Dowler, Timothy Lee (Street Gun)
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Michael Paré

2103: The Deadly Wake is, well, weird. That’s the best way to describe it. Starring Malcolm McDowell as an out-of-work ship Captain who is given one more chance by a corrupt businesswoman in the difficult year of 2103, 2103 is intriguing at times, but all together too sloppy and a tad bit more pretentious than I would’ve liked.

Let me first take a moment to praise Malcolm McDowell. A Clockwork Orange made him a name, and various features that he came across over the years only further solidified it. In the 21st century, though, McDowell is not valued at too much anymore. While he does grab himself some prime roles in flicks like In Good Company (“Kenny G!”), his acting is mostly left to low budget fare. This is where I’ll give him credit. The man does not stoop to the level of an Eric Roberts or Craig Sheffer. While his independent projects are often mediocre (Pact With The Devil, Between Strangers), he gets points in my book for avoiding detective and plane hijacking films, as McDowell is allowed to retain some integrity by picking and choosing his projects carefully.

But is 2103: The Deadly Wake, one of the more out-of-place titles released by York, a good movie? Depends. I’m not a big fan of sci-fi or fantasy films. So surely that impacted my view on it. After all, the plot is pretty out there. The evil female CEO of Proxate, which is soon to be accepted into the United Nations, which has also allowed Disney to join their ranks, hires Captain Murdoch to deliver the contents of a one hundred year old ship to Africa. Eventually we learn that the voyage is intentionally damned, with bombs, nuclear waste, a flexible android out for blood, a fetus, slaves, and various other conventions being trotted out, with some more successful in entertaining than others.

B-movie mainstay Michael Paré is along for the ride as well, playing a security officer who winds up betrayed by the evil female CEO archetype, but nothing much happens to make you care about him.

As a sci-fi detractor, 2103: The Deadly Wake’s plot, not to mention its unconventional ending, left me feeling out of the loop at times. I could’ve done without the constant yellow filter, and the psychic crap employed is exactly what has kept me away from the genre for years. Overall, while nothing incredibly special, it is ambitious with a good performance by McDowell, so it gets a slight nod from me.

DVD: Same old, same old. What must be mentioned is the ineptitude of York Entertainment’s staff, who fail to list projects like A Clockwork Orange on Malcolm McDowell’s filmography.

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