Crossworlds Reviews




A college nerd helps freedom fighters from another planet combat evil beings who plan to conquer Earth with a crystal that will allow them to dissolve the interdimensional borders. Incomprehensible even by sci-fi standards, CROSSWORLDS is most hurt by a lack of imaginative special effects, which have saved movies even dumber than this. The film premiered on HBO and was released on video shortly thereafter.
College student Joe Talbolt (Josh Charles) is sleeping when Laura (Andrea Roth) materializes in his room and tries to take a crystal he wears around his neck. He awakens to see her--as well as several gunmen who also appear in his room. They escape and Laura takes him to A.T. (Rutger Hauer). They are members of a resistance movement from a planet conquered thousands of years ago by the Warlords, who want to conquer other worlds and dimensions as well. While the dimensional barriers can be crossed by certain individuals, to move armies they need an ancient scepter and the crystal that powers it--the crystal Joe wears, given him by his long-dead father. They steal the scepter from the museum where it is guarded by Ferris (Stuart Wilson), one of the Warlords. After learning that his father died making sure that the scepter and crystal would not fall into the hands of the Warlords, Joe helps A.T. and Laura prevent Ferris from getting them. In a climactic battle, Joe uses the power of the scepter to destroy Ferris. Visiting Laura's world, Joe accepts the thanks of the Queen (Beverly Johnson) and decides to follow in his father's footsteps and become a transdimensional warrior, winning Laura in the process.

Given CROSSWORLDS' brief running time, it's possible that parts of the plot were cut somewhere along the line. But it's equally possible that the filmmakers, like too many in the sci-fi and horror genres, simply felt that it doesn't matter whether or not a movie makes any sense as long as it looks cool. While CROSSWORLDS features plenty of digital effects, though, none of them are anything more than functional. And writer-director Krishna Rao does nothing imaginative with the "reality-bending" premise, using it simply as a means to move his characters arbitrarily from one place to another. The only thing CROSSWORLDS has going for it is the usually drily amusing performance of Rutger Hauer, who has been wasted in far too many movies of this caliber. (Violence, profanity.)



A Film Review
Copyright Dragan Antulov 2003

Parallel universes motive is one of the more intriguing in the world
of literary science fiction. In the world of science fiction cinema this
motive is usually ignored for whole variety of reasons, most of them
having much to do with filmmakers' budgetary or creative
deficiencies. All those deficiencies become apparent when some
brave filmmaker decides to use parallel universes in their work. One
of such examples is CROSSWORLDS, 1996 science fiction film
written and directed by Krishna Rao.

The protagonist of the film is Joe Talbot (played by Josh Charles),
Californian college student in possession of crystal inherited from his
late father. This crystal turns out to be the key over the control of
various universes, and Joe becomes target of evil Warlords led by
Ferris (played by Stuart Wilson). On the other hand, Joe receives help
from beautiful Laura (played by Andrea Roth) and retired
adventurer A.T. (played by Rutger Hauer).

CROSSWORLDS has intriguing opening title and mystical prologue
promises that the rest of the film would be something quite
extraordinary. Unfortunately, as soon as plot gets set in our world's
California, even the less experienced consumers of B-movies are
going to sense that the things are starting to go downhill. The plot
and the whole mechanics of the fictional worlds are never properly
explained through the audience, and the lame attempts to pass
locations few hours of drive away from Los Angeles as alien worlds
only make this film look cheaper than usual. Production design is
even less impressive and costumes are laughable. The only nice thing
in CROSSWORLDS is look of Andrea Roth, which only underlines
some sad facts about her much better known colleagues like Rutger
Hauer and Stuart Wilson - people who deserved much better fate
than having to earn their living in uninspired pieces of genre cinema
like this one.

RATING: 2/10 (-)

Review written on November 7th 2003