Movie Review: Paradox Alice


Let’s clear some things first…

Paradox Alice is produced by Mako Pictures, creating low-budget films that possess interesting concepts. Often times involving a metamorphosis of some sort. Their previous movies are The Kiss in 2004 and The Black Rabbit in 2007.

The story follows a small group of astronauts as they look for water in one of Jupiter’s moons to help a dying Earth.

If you are able to give low-budget movies a chance, they often bring opportunities to see certain ideas come to life in the film industry. These ideas often don’t fit the scope or the budget of the bigger companies, especially when it comes to the horror or sci-fi genre. We are given the thoughts and imagination of a crew who are often composed of newcomers and veterans, so there will be a mix of raw and polished execution from various aspects of the production.


Some things to note is that the tension in the soundtrack is sometimes forced, queuing tension-points in a scene too obviously, rather than being a subtle addition to the sequences. And the 3D space sequences are not amazing, but this is a low-budget investment so it is forgivable. However, the visual effects throughout the interior are not distracting and lend itself appropriately within the story’s environment.

Aside from the initial idea of sexual-tension in the movie summary, it also has religious idealism, survival, tension with the artificial intelligence, post-traumatic stress, and identity crisis.


I’m not fully convinced that Alex and Alice are suppose to be the same character, as the acting of Jeneta St. Claire and Ethan Sharett are distinct. Even with the age and biological difference, mannerisms should not change immediately, as the mind tries to order itself from a jarring experience through familiarity.

Within context, Jeneta St. Claire plays the role of a 21-year-old well. And ultimately, what this movie does amazingly well are the transformations each of the characters undergo, whether it’s sexual, psychological, or moral.


Random note: Jeneta St. Claire looks like a relative of Katee Sackhoff in my opinion.

What it’s not…

  • Aliens, so don’t expect xenomorphs or any other extraterrestrial to pop-up (?).
  • A high-budget sci-fi blockbuster… although it lands itself in the realm of conceptual sci-fi, it breaks some pieces of logic to provide its narrative.
  • A movie by Ridley Scott… the cinematography is not great, but the acting is fair.


What it does well…

  • Create situations of tension on the crew.
  • Have characters with history.
  • Illustrate gender-tension.
  • Degradation of characters’ personalities.


Within relation to low-budget sci-fi flicks

Grade: B-

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