WARNING: There are mild spoilers for this film.
TL;DR Non-Spoiler Review: One of the worst films that I’ve ever seen, period. It’s a slog to get through, and there are no redeemable aspects to it.
Oh boy, if you thought the first one was bad, then you’re in for a shock for it’s sequel.
Originally started by in 2011 as a Kickstarter for a graphic novel started by the script writers for the original film, Robert Dyke and Tex Ragsdale, the Kickstarter inevitably failed due to almost no one contributing to it, probably because almost no one remembers the first film, both Robert and Tex started a Facebook page for a movie in 2014, eventually releasing this film in 2017.
You would think that putting that much effort into making a sequel for an obscure movie that at that point was 28 years old, you would have seen some potential for expanding on what the original set up. But considering that the original only had 45 minutes of plot stretched out to a 90 minute feature film, I’d say that there wasn’t much there to begin with.
Moontrap: Target Earth follows Scout, as she had discovered the remains of an ancient human civilization. She is soon hired by Daniel Allen, who has discovered a small pyramid shaped object that has to do with both the ancient human civilization and the alien space craft from the previous movie.
The plot is all over the place and so poorly told that I have to struggle to even summarize it. Daniel is backed by a shadowy group of people who control humanity and for some reason want to destroy the alien technology that could easily help them control humanity even further, I guess.
Also, we never really find out the intentions behind what the ancient aliens are doing. The ancient aliens race died somehow, and there is a romance plot involving two of the aliens. I have never been more confused at a plot this simple. Also, this movie is so poorly edited and shot that several things happen off camera just so the plot can move forward.
Everything else besides the plot is just as bad. The special effects are not as good as the original, and that came out almost 30 years before this one, which also had a small budget. The acting is terrible, the cinematography is awful, and the whole thing is just a slog to get through. Also, for some reason, this film is filled with blowjob jokes. I don’t get it either.
Moontrap: Target Earth is the special kind of bad. The type of bad that not only is not at all enjoyable, but makes you wonder why it exists and why you even bothered watching it.