Stars: Anna Scott, Clarke Peters, Arturo Venegas, Mischa Barton
Precis: A beautiful astronaut protects her mission from a psychopathic flesh-eating robot.
But perhaps this reviewer is responding too harshly to the film's pretentiousness. The villain of the piece, a mechanical monster that, for whatever reason, eats human flesh is reflected in the spinning cuisinart designs of the spaceship called Helix, and meant to represent the threat faced by humanity as it goes out to the stars, relying on technology which may fail at any time. We get it, valiant try. Except it's been done before, and other clichés abound - the precocious child with all the answers, killing off a black character first... Science fiction needs to continually renew itself, not wallow in past traditions. Unfortunately, Helix fails to be that renewal.
Final rating: 2½ stars
Would see if it were made: Would probably go the way of After Earth and Oblivion, i.e. eventually agree to let Netflix play it in the background one day, maybe.