STARRING: Hamish Clark, Christina Cole, Lincoln Frager, Marem Hassler, David Hewlett, Robert Picardo

2011, 85 Minutes, Directed by:
Matt Codd

In H.G. Wells’ seminal 1885 science fiction novel, The Time Machine, the Morlocks are the future descendents of humanity along with the Eloi. The Morlocks are a cannibalistic race of subterranean dwellers who maintain ancient machinery they no longer properly understand to keep the pampered and docile empty-headed Eloi clothed and fed. In turn the Morlocks treat the Eloi as cattle, feeding off them.

The story was a clever metaphor for Victorian class relations and sadly probably still is in some societies in which huge proletarian underclasses toil to keep a rich elite in the pound seats while the only price the rich have to pay for their lives of luxury is the possibility of random violent crime.

I don’t know exactly why I am telling you all this because – despite its title - this god-awful “Syfy Original Movie” has absolutely f*** all to do with H.G. Wells’ story . . .

Instead the plot seems cribbed off from a lesser episode of Primeval and serves as nothing than a lame excuse to bring another cheap Aliens rip-off in which a squad of U.S. marines battle hordes of monsters to the TV screen.

A top secret time travel project has left some U.S. marines stranded in the distant future in which human civilization no longer exists and the Earth is overrun by a vicious species of crappy CGI creatures. A team – headed by the scientist (Stargate Atlantis’ David Hewlett) – is sent to rescue them and retrieve a time travel device.

While it is nice to see Stargate Atlantis alumni such as Hewlett (who played the snively Dr. Rodney McKay) and Robert Picardo find gainful employment, Morlocks is an endurance test in the way that only Syfy Channel TV movies can be. The plot is achingly derivative and unoriginal, but worst of all is the special effects which are so spectacularly crap that you just feel sorry for everybody involved with the project. Then again, you must have some balls to bring out a movie with such cheap special effects that make computer games from fifteen years ago actually look good!

If you were expecting some kind of clever variation on H.G. Wells’ classic story – which now enticingly falls within the public copyright domain in the States – then think again! This is after all a Syfy Channel movie . . .


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