As the title says this may not be the best film, but it is nevertheless in my opinion still very underrated.
Unlike most who seemed to reveiw it it would seem I was fortunate enough to be familiar with the Mutant chronicles setting prior to watching the film so to some degree I already knew kind of what to expect... the kind fo setting it is has more in common with say Warhammer 40,000 (Games Workshop) than say Star Wars (Lucasarts) it is sci fi but it isnt laser guns and special effects sci fi per se. It is instead a much darker, gritter setting where thenly constant for centuries has been war and conflict.
The movie detaches from the source somewhat with its almost Steam Punk approach as Mutatn Chronicles is actually technologywise more high tech and the troops typically look and are armed more in the style of what you would expect in "H40k as previously noted...while still retaining that Dark Ages, Quasi Religious feel to things. Also the film missed one of the major corporations of the setting which was a little odd.
The film centers around essentially around one officer and a prophecy that tells of the awakening of an ancient evil that was once defeated long ago, the great machine and of how a deliverer will save mankind.
the Wars between the corporations are put on hold when this evil awakens as unprepared for the onslaught it brings they are brought to the point of having to evacuate earth as much as possible to off world colonies...
Meanwhile a small group must be led deep into the earth to destroy the great machine against overwhelming odds and almost certain death..
The Dialogue is mostly okay a little shaky in places and many well known actors make an appearances from Ron Perlman to John Malkovich and more..
The overall look of the film is dark and gritty having a period look to it similar to as was done with Sky Captain and the World of tommorrow, it is however NOT like Sin City in appearance as some have noted, nor does it come across that way.
If the film suffers from anything it is in trying to do in 109 minutes what really would have needed a trilogy or more to do adequately. The characters involved arent really properly established except for two of them so you don't quite get the attachment to them you really should for the story they are trying to tell.
Also I suspect budget constraints was an issue but despite that they did imo do very well all considered.
If I were to make any comparisons of this movie to others I would probably suggest something along the lines of a wierd hybrid love child of Doom, Resident Evil and Aliens rolled into one as it lends aspects of each.
At any rate although I wouldnt say this film was the best, it was enjoyable and although probably not worth full retail would be a good purchase once its down to budget price.
I give it a 3 Stars (average..but with some potential) rating.