"Planetfall" is a low budget science fiction extravaganza encompassed with numerous elements of old school spaghetti westerns. The film was written by Matt Saari and Michael J. Heagle and directed by Gianni Mezzanotte. The film stars numerous unknown actors as would be expected in most independent and low budget fare. The story opens with the crash landing of a ship that is a military transport. The planet in which the crash occurs is in the middle of a war which makes for a unique setting. Another main plot point involves a new drug that has just become available to the denizens of this fictional universe. The drug is called Psylenol and is supposed to enhance psychic powers. The drug's supply has quickly depleted and it looks like the only stock of it left was on the military ship that had crashed. This causes a number of different factions to pursue the last remnants of the drug. At the center of the plot are two rival female bounty hunters who are also after this lost "treasure".
"Planetfall" will remind most viewers of being a lot like a Sci-Fi Channel original movie. The main reason for this is probably because of the computer effects used throughout the film. In my opinion, considering that this production had a small budget, the effects weren't half bad. In comparison to high budget Hollywood science fiction films these effects are far inferior. Although, if the viewer has an open mind and takes into consideration that this is an independent film, the effects can be considered quite decent. Personally this helped me enjoy the film a little more. I give a lot of credit to writers Mike Heagle, Matt Saari, and director Gianni Mezzanotte for striving to develop a small budgeted movie that is as effects driven and has as complicated a storyline as this picture. It's not everyday, as a film reviewer, that I witness a low budget science fiction film. They definitely aren't all too common which is why I give this production a lot of credit. I also liked the spaghetti western undertones that are prevalent within the plot.
The acting throughout the film is definitely one of its biggest flaws. As I always emphasize, when watching a movie on this level I'm not expecting Russell Crowe by any means, but then again not all low budget actors are as bad as the cast of "Planetfall". Some performances are better than others. For example, the two female bounty hunters and the comic relief of the film, a sidekick named "Ugly", aren't all that bad. Although, I will say that they aren't exactly good enough to save the overall acting of the entire film. Some of the lower level character's acting can be downright humorous. This actually does add to the film. I have to admit that a lot of the over the top and downright bad acting can be entertaining. Although this isn't exactly a positive element, at least it made the bad acting watchable.