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Deep space. Six young hackers on a grueling work release program attempt to clear out debug the computer systems of a massive derelict freighter. They quickly fall prey to the ship's vengeful artificial intelligence, a program that would kill to be human. As the fractious team is forced to match wits with this rogue program, they discover that the ship holds a deadly secret, and a fate far worse than death.

I've always had a soft spot for horrific science fiction films, especially terror tales set in space.  It's a sweet spot for me and I generally tend to be more forgiving of projects that swing that way.  Drawing it's inspiration from the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey (with shades of Cube, a dash of Event Horizon, and a pinch of The Matrix), David Hewlett's Debug certainly falls within those parameters.

So how does it fare overall?  Better than most.  While the film is filled with archetypal characters and cliched plot points, the cast is decent and the production design and effects are at a higher level than most low budget sci-fi fare.  At its center are heroine Kaida (Jeananne Goossen) and antagonistic A.I. Iam (Jason Momoa), both of whom inject a bit more class into the proceedings than we are used to these days.  Momoa in particular is fun and alongside David Hayter's Wolves, Debug once again proves that Momoa can be quite entertaining when chewing scenery as a villain.

The unapologetically-schlocky tone is also a point in the films favor, making the stock story more palatable to this viewer.  It's not enough to save the film overall in the long run, but it is enough to make it stand out from the countless hordes of DTV trash that fill streaming services and Redboxs across the nation any given day of the week.   Debug might be very familiar, but it's rarely boring.

It's a shame that this didn't receive a Blu release, as the imagery is crystal clear as is and the film looks pretty great for a DTV sci-fi thriller.  I can only imagine it would be even more striking in high-definition during it's grander moments.  Still, a good presentation all around.

Debug sounded great on my set-up, with the FX and score appropriately tuned and all dialogue coming across clearly.  It's not a perfect mix, but a very good one nonetheless and unlikely to disappoint.

This is virtually a barebones release, aside from a behind the scenes featurette.  Thankfully the featurette has a fair amount of writer/director David Hewlett enthusiastically talking about his film and its influences, so it's worth a look if you enjoyed the film

Debug won't wow you with an original plot or a barrage of shocking sequences, but if you are looking for a low budget sci-fi schlocker to watch on a rainy afternoon, you could do a lot worse.

* Note: The images on this page are not representative of the DVD's image quality.