Blu-ray Review: ASSASSINAUT

ASSASSINAUT was written and directed by Drew Bolduc and stars Vito TrigoJohnathan NewportShannon HutchinsonJasmina Parent, Yael Haskal, Dietrich Teschner and Irene Santiago. The music was composed by Darius Holbert.

In the near future, aliens have invaded Earth and declared a galactic war resulting in thousands of human casualties. To save Earth, a team of four teenage astronauts brave the alien wilderness of a distant planet to stop an assassin from changing the course of history forever.

Assassinaut follows Sarah (Shannon Hutchinson), Charlie (Jasmina Parent), Brooke (Yael Haskal) and Tom (Johnathan Newport), four young teenagers who are sent on a mission to space to visit the Presidential Space Station but once they arrive things quickly go wrong. Upon their arrival, they’re greeted by the eccentric Commander (Vito Trigo) who definitely has his own unqiue way of looking at things. What happens is, an alien assassination attempt on the President takes place and the space station ends up being destroyed.

Some of the survivors are able to escape the doomed space station and land on a nearby alien planet where the space mission turns into a fight for survival. The kids have to show their leadership skills when they go up against the hostile elements as well as some of their own people. The Commander is one of the survivors but his leadership gets compromised when an alien parasite takes control of him. This situation poses an extremely deadly threat against the kids who are fighting for their lives while they search for the President who’s also landed on the planet but she’s been seriously injured. Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t survive this deadly space adventure but the President is located and she comes with a shocking surprise.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Assassinaut ended up being an entertaining watch that’s one part Space Camp and one part The Visitor. The movie is definitely a throwback that pays homage to those classic sci-fi thrillers from the 70’s and 80’s. Assassinaut is an ambitious low budget attempt at a concept that’s a lot bigger so you can tell there were some budgetary restraints in a few areas. The rubber suits and puppets looked cheap (still entertaining) but there were also some visual effects that were quite impressive. So, there’s a mixture of the two plus there’s lots of blood and gore to go with it because there’s also an element of horror in the movie. With that being said, I thought Drew Bolduc did a really good job with what he had to work with and he’s complimented by a fantasic young cast that does a great job with their characters. The movie also has a super cool title and a retro score to go with it. Bolduc, a student of Troma, definitely shows growth in his filmmaking here. Assassinaut is now available on Blu-ray.

Distributor: Epic Pictures Group and DREAD

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widecreen / Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include two audio commentary tracks, eight deleted scenes, three interviews with some of the cast and crew, a short film and red band trailer.

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Drew Bolduc and Producer Bedhan Ball
  • Audio Commentary from Writer/Director Drew Bolduc
  • Deleted Scenes
  1. Extended TV SCENE – A shot teasing what’s to come and riots. (00:33)
  2. Kids Walking Slowmo Shot – The kids walking forward in slow motion. (00:33)
  3. Nice Looking Scientist Cut Dialogue – A cut scene featuring a conversation with the scientist andone of the kids. (01:03)
  4. Captain and Commander Snake- These two men have a stressed relationship but this shot shows a little respect between the two. (00:21)
  5. Captain Romance – The captain gets a little kiss when he shows his bravery. (00:33)
  6. Bodyguard Showdown – The kids face a dangerous situation with another survivor after they crash on the planet. (01:44)
  7. DJ Time Goblin – A cut scene that shows a tiny alien inside an object. (01:47)
  8. Sarah Shooting Hallucinations – Sarah shoots down the Commander suring her hallucination. (00:19)
  • Video Interviews
  1. Writer/Director Drew Bolduc – Shows the viewers the room where he works on his movies and a few other things. (5:24)
  2. Actor Vito Trigo, “The Commander” – A great interview with the actor who talks about how he got into acting and this movie. (12:18)
  3. Actress Shannon Hutchinson, “Sarah” – The actress talks about getting into acting, how she got her role in the movie and her experience acting in it. (11:43)
  • Short Film: Dental Association – Kids, remember to brush your teeth!(1:46)
  • Red-Band Trailer (01:43)
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