The movie starts out okay, but sorta crumbles after about 30 minutes. It manages to hold you in suspense, but that's not really a great achievement in and of itself.
Recommend this product?
Too many things just didn't make sense or were never explained.
For such an ensemble of brilliant, phd-wielding experts, they sure were stupid and slow to act. In disaster after disaster, most of the characters just stood around and scratched their heads.
Other times, they are so smart that the movie doesn't even make sense. As always, there are puzzles and codes that are bizarrely complex, yet are solved in one try or with a surprisingly simplistic solution. I'm thinking mainly about the translation of the alien code. The logic to solve the code went something like: "Well, the alien is a ball... so if we take a keyboard and wrap it around a ball....tada!" Huh?!? Very scientific. Plus, if they were mistranslating "Harry" as "Jerry" all along, then wouldn't "Jerry" have come out as something else everytime the "alien" said "Don't call me Jerry"?
Was Dustin Hoffman's character supposed to be some super-psychologist or psychiatrist? Cause he really needed to take some anger-management and team-building classes. Throughout the whole movie, he just points fingers and freaks other people out, often making unstable situations even worse.
Also, if they determined that the wild creations were coming from their own thoughts and dreams, then why would putting them under with drugs solve anything? Wouldn't that just make things worse?
The ending shows the ball flying up into the sky and off into space. Ah,yes... that explains EVERYTHING. NOW it all makes sense.
Ultimately, this becomes a "haunted house" sci-fi movie, often compared to Event Horizon, a more purely horror movie. If you like undersea sci-fi, watch the Abyss, which is overall a much better movie.