Returner (2003)

returner

A young woman returns from the future and enlists the reluctant help of a hit man to stop an alien invasion.

The Terminator meets Independence Day with a dash of Transformers and E. T. in a highly derivative but fun pulp sci-fi action flick. It borrows heavily from a lot of sources and the effects can occasionally feel a little “Stargate SG-1” but the likeable leads and inventive visuals mean it is still pretty entertaining. There’s the usual high octane martial arts mixed with future technology giving an excuse for some bullet-time acrobatics and Goro Kishitani makes an amusingly over the top villain.

If the time travel paradox twist had been used with a little more imagination Returner could’ve been brilliant, but as it stands it’s undemanding fun in the style of live action Manga.

6.5/10

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