Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jason X (2001)

Jason X (USA, 2001) - Color, Director(s): James Isaac
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 15]
Approx. 91 min.

Z-rating: 3 stars out of 5

Cheese Factor: 5 stars out of 5

Every franchise will eventually reach a point where space seems to be the next logical step. Hellraiser, Leprechaun, even Dracula has been to outer space. After New Line Cinemas acquired the rights to the Friday the 13th franchise, they were setting Jason up for a crossover with Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street series but the movie was in development hell. So they wanted to make another movie to keep the interest in the franchise going.

So the US government has finally captured Jason Voorhees and after multiple unsuccessful attempts to execute him, they decide to cryogenically freeze him so they can at least contain him. Jason escapes and kills a bunch of guards before being tricked into the cryogenic freezer. An agent initiates the freezing process but Jason stabs her through the door. The door to the lab is sealed off and both of them are frozen in there. 400 years later, a class is exploring and happen upon the two frozen bodies. The class brings them on board their ship and starts unfreezing them. The agent is the first to be reanimated and warns them how dangerous Jason is but it's too late because he's awake now too. I'm sure I'm not spoiling the plot for anyone when I say that Jason gets "upgraded" in this movie. They blast Jason to pieces with a futuristic shotgun but he's rebuilt by nanobots into a ultra bad ass cyborg Jason. In the final showdown, Cyborg Jason faces off against a guy dressed like Master Chief from Halo.

Nudity: There are a few scenes with nudity in it, including two girls in a hologram. The most disturbing scene was when that kid was trying to give his android real breasts and her nipples fall off! I've seen people killed in the most violent ways in this franchise but nipples falling off a breasts just ain't cool.

Gore: I was a little disappointed when I saw that student's arm severed by frozen Jason's machete and a spurt of CGI blood spewed out. This movie totally redeems itself with the liquid nitrogen kill shortly after. Jason dips a girl's face into liquid nitrogen then smashes her head on the table. You have to see it to fully understand how awesome this scene really is.

Awesome: Very. This movie is just silly from beginning to end and should not be taken seriously at all. This is, hands down, the cheesiest of all the Friday the 13th movies. As if sending Jason into space wasn't absurd enough, they turned him into a cyborg! In reference to a gag that started in Part VII: The New Blood, Jason kills two girls in sleeping bags while he's trapped in a hologram. They also reference the BFG, which is what I think the android used to blow holes in Jason. I think this was a really fun entry into the series, similar to the one-shot comic that isn't officially canon. I honestly wouldn't mind seeing a sequel to Jason X where cyborg Jason runs amok in a futuristic setting.