I expected more from this movie, gfw-dante01-repackgiven its origin and the director, but it turned out to be quite confusing and unfinished. Marc Caro became famous back in 1991 with his post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy Delicatessen and this is his first relatively mainstream movie after The City of Lost Children. If you look underneath all the problems, you will find that it is worth watching. There are some borrowed elements from Alien and other movies regarding space stations, but the blend of these motives is pretty decent and non-intrusive. Actually, can you make a science fiction movie that’s truly original? A space station is a space station and people are people. Some wise words for ya. Set in the future, on a prisoner space station, where scientists are trying out new ways to improve mankind. Namely, they are conducting experiments on prisoners to get them to behave better. After a new and strange inmate arrives things start to get complicated.

Dante 01 is visually stunning, and there are a lot of cool and magnificent sights, very common to new wave of French directors. Using the lighting and clever use of special effects movie gained that dark vibe. Like a cross between the Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Ressurrection and Dark City. There are a lot of religious and biblical elements in it, and I did not like them, but they are somewhat altered to be acceptable. If you like science fiction and space movies this will be an okay flick for you, especially because there is not many of them that are worth watching. If you are not a fan, you might find it a bit boring, still it is quite watchable, enjoy.

Director: Marc Caro

Cast: Lambert Wilson, Linh Dan Pham, Simona Maicanescu, Dominique Pinon, Bruno Lochet

Fun Facts: Director Marc Caro had a different ending in mind but couldn’t shoot it because the original budget of 8 million euros was cut back to 4 millions by the producers.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0487928/

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