Deus (2019)

Claudia Black, David O'Hara, Branko Tomovic, Richard Blackwood,
A mysterious black sphere is discovered in the orbit of Mars. The Achilles is sent to investigate. After the bedraggled six-person crew wake from eight months hibernation, the Sphere is transmitting a single word in every Earth la...
  • 4.2 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-20 Added:
  • Writer:
  • Steve Stone, Director:
  • Julian Hicks, Alan Latham, Thomas Mattinson, Kit Monkman, Producer:

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1 / 10

Who writes these scripts ?

Wooden performances, stilted dialogues, stupid reactions, the whole gamut of idiotic clichés of amateurs trying to make something just wishes itself Scifi... Unbelievable, with the participation of two quality actors like Claudia Black and David O'Hara who should know better what's scifi and movies ! Poor lighting, subpar effects, Messianic blather...vague references to the "Event Horizon..." everything delivered in a stupid accent.... The poor sod acting the captain could not act himself out of a paper bag... he tries to act menacing and all manly, but he is only pathetic ...Incredible waste of time... not one shred of novelty, of originality or of ideas. Not one endearing quality in the whole shebang...The Black Ball of sh...!!!

4 / 10

Flaccid and bland space adventure...

Now, I am not really a big fan of the sci-fi genre, but I will watch movies of said genre when given the opportunity. And with "Deus" being a movie that I had never heard about, nor seen, of course I opted to sit down and watch what writer and director Steve Stone had to offer.

And while "Deus" definitely had an interesting cover/poster and synopsis, the movie just wasn't really all that interesting. Sure, "Deus" was watchable, but it just wasn't a particularly thrilling or overly entertaining movie, as the storyline was somewhat flaccid and bland.

The acting performances in "Deus" were adequate. I wasn't familiar with the cast ensemble in the movie, which is usually something I enjoy when watching movies. But the actors and actresses had precious little to work with here in terms of a properly written storyline, so they didn't really have much of any chance to unfold themselves on the screen.

Visually then "Deus" was good. I liked the special effects and the CGI. And it definitely felt like the movie took place deep in space near Mars. And that added something to the movie, which was otherwise struggling with a mediocre script.

I am sure that hardcore sci-fi fans might get a kick out of a movie such as "Deus" from writer and director Steve Stone. However, as a casual viewer, then "Deus" was not an impressive or memorable movie experience.

My rating of "Deus" lands on a four out of ten stars.

1 / 10

What a boring movie!!

2022 has brought many bad and awful movies. But this is one of most boring ones. The acting, the plot, the scenery everything stinks in this movie. It's so boring, that you start playing on your smartphone while watching this crap.

A mysterious black sphere is discovered in the orbit of Mars. The Achilles is sent to investigate. After the six-person crew wake from eight months hibernation, the Sphere is transmitting a single word in every Earth language ever known - Deus. And thats it. Nothing happens. Utter boredom. In 1979 they could make a classic like Alien. And now, in 2022 43 years later, this crap is being made. Avoid.

5 / 10

You could do worse

I came upon this almost by accident and rolled my eyes at it till I saw Claudia black who has some credibility, listed in the cast. She does a good job with the material and gives a great performance throughout. Her performance gives her character some depth which in truth, the screenplay seems to miss somewhat. The script needs another once over with a fresh pair of eyes if I'm honest as much of the dialogue is like something out of a comic book, cliched, meaningless and stilted.

The story is a reasonably good one if a little predictable, but the premise is a good one. However there simply isn't enough going on to keep the interest focused, and the lengthy scenes and uneventful screenplay lend little to maintain interest.

The special effects, CGI are all decent, nothing to write home about, but they don't let the move down the way the script and story line do. I'm always a little sceptical when the writer and director are the same individual since what is perceived in there creation isn't always the best way to flesh it out on film, and here my concerns are warranted. One or the other is my rule of thumb and rarely does it bode well for a creation with both.

I think much of the films forced ambiance are due to a lacking in direction, and some of the characters are way off base. 'Grey' and 'Sen' played by Black and Blackwood are a constant source of contention with no clear command structure seemingly in place. Its an odd way to spin a relationship in space with a mission of such importance, and it neither works here nor rings true. There are other weird glitches throughout the move and it serve to kink the smooth flow of events as they unfold on-screen. I found it most disconcerting.

Blackwood delivers the whole compliment of his lines through clenched teeth as though he's stemming the overflow of some long held rage with great difficulty. His stiff, stoic delivery makes him stand out as the weak talent in this cast of less than ten people. Again I think this is more due to bad direction rather than a failing of his talent, but irrespective, the movie suffers as a result. David O'hara by contrast plays his character to a 'T' and the other cast members with more minor roles are accomplished enough, but forgettable.

On the whole it's not too bad, but there just isn't enough going on here to bring off the story, and some of the cliched developments really do it a disservice.

I think 5 is an honest and fair score, for what is at best, a 'watchable' movie. Its not a big production so I don't want to be overly critical knowing it couldn't have been an easy one to produce, but I think the scant flesh on the carcass of this one is its big problem. I really needed some fleshing out before being served up to feast.

3 / 10

Extended Dr Who episode

Just finished Deus after going in blind.

The whole thing felt like a Dr Who episode, just with tons of extra padding.

The plot was quite sloppy, and the effects had a "made for TV" feeling to them. The acting was pretty meh throughout, with some strange choices being made at times (when the main character learns a major plot twist their response is pretty emotionless).

They had access to a pretty good cast, but even that was wasted.

Some of the twists throughout were kind of dumb, and the rest were painfully obvious. Many of the plot points were needless and didnt add anything to the story at all.

I'm a sucker for sci-fi but this just felt very underdeveloped, like it was a second draft that they greenlit without any rework.

This could easily have been shrunk down to a 30 minute tv episode (with commercials) and still provided all the same info.

Not really worth the time unfortunately.