This is one of the first films to use CGI instead of models, and the effects are surprisingly good considering this movie was made 10 years before B5!
Dan O'Herlihy [ Halloween 3, Robocop ] dons alien makeup as the hero's navigator and sidekick.
Believe it or not, Marc Alaimo [ DS9 's Gul Dukat] pops up as a hitchhiker!
The first section features a group of ape-men in a desert, clustered around a black monolith. One of them discovers the use of the blunt object - the most basic tool, and thus the first step towards modern technology. Like spaceships ...
The second segment is about the discovery of a similar monolith. On the moon!
The third and final section is about 2 astronauts en route to Jupiter. Unfortunately, the ship's AI, H.A.L. [please note, the letters are only one away from I.B.M.] seems to be a little ... psychotic?
Doug plays a yank aboard a British ship during WW1. The ship gets torpedoed by a german sub, and the crew and passengers [including Susan Penhaligan as token babe] get taken aboard the sub. There are hijackings and counter-hijackings, and eventually they find themselves off the shore of a lost continent. They go ashore to get supplies, and discover ... dinosaurs!
Angelina Jolie , now Miller's ex-wife, is one of the most beautiful women in the entire world. IMHO, of course.
Unusually for Murphy, this time his character is dark and even villainous, especially towards the end of the film. As Max the vampire, Murphy is his always-likeable self. However, he carries off Max's negative side as well.
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