The Alchemists Release Date:1999 Genre: Thriller Director(s): Peter Smith (No Surrender) Writer(s): Laura Lamson Staring: Edward Hardwicke, Ruth Gemmell and Aneirin Hughes That’s Some bad ass box art right there. And in this business, great box art more often than not translates to a bad film. Maybe that has to do with the fact that […]

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The Alchemists
Release Date:1999
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Peter Smith (No Surrender)
Writer(s): Laura Lamson
Staring: Edward Hardwicke, Ruth Gemmell and Aneirin Hughes

That’s Some bad ass box art right there.

And in this business, great box art more often than not translates to a bad film. Maybe that has to do with the fact that most direct-to-video films are bad, but I digress.

Most likely a made-for-Canadian TV movie, The Alchemists’ box art symbolizes the grave research that occurs by a pharmaceutical company that Julia Bennerman and new guy Connor Molloy work for. A woman who took the company’s fertility drug Maternox has recently died, along with her baby, immediately after the birth. The company tries to make it out to be an isolated incident that holds no relation to the drug, but further research shows a sudden upsurge in mother/baby mortality rate. And big surprise, they were all taking Maternox. Adding to the drama is Julia’s sister, who has gotten pregnant after multiple failures thanks to taking Maternox.

The Alchemists unfolds in an interesting way, but it’s not interesting in a way where you become attached to much at all. I had a good time watching the film, as while the twists are predictable, the evil corporation formula almost always gets a rise out of me. I did not, however, give a damn about the people involved.
DVD: Barebones.

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