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The six member crew and deep space hospital ship, the Nightingale 229, answers an emergency distress signal from a distant galaxy. The crew soon finds itself in danger from the mysterious young man they rescue, the alien artifact he smuggled aboard and the gravitational pull of a giant star about to go supernova -- the most massive explosion in the universe.
PROFANITY: Two minor instances. SEX/NUDITY: Occasional, brief nudity. Sex (with nudity) shown from a distance. VIOLENCE: A fair amount of violence, although most isn't very graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some characters use a drug-like substance. ACTION: Several chase sequences; mostly repetitious. COMEDY: At least none that's intentional.
Supernova isn't just badly written; it's like episodes of Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, and Blake's 7 stirred together into an incoherent batch. Instead of giving new life to standard science fiction ideas, Supernova makes them seem more tired than they already are. In a vain attempt to obfuscate the screenplay's lack of consistency and intelligence, the filmmakers ratchet up the level of action by having characters pointlessly running all over the place. The result is distracting, but in an irritating, not pacifying, way. Often, it can be argued that there's the kernel of a good story buried somewhere in a bad screenplay. Not here.
In the early 22nd century, the crew of the medical rescue vessel Nightingale 229 has recently departed for a routine patrol of deep space. On this quiet, lonely ship, it's business as usual for Captain
A.J. Marley (Robert Forster), co-pilot Nick Vanzant (James Spader), chief medical officer Kaela Evers (Angela Bassett), computer engineer Benj Sotomejor (Wilson Cruz), medical tech Yerzy Penalosa (Lou Diamond Phillips) and paramedic Danika Lund (Robin
In these peaceful moments before they are called, the crew has no idea that an alien artifact has been mined out of a rogue moon millions of light years away but when the emergency distress signal finds them, they have no choice but to respond.
Dimension-jumping through space, the ship arrives in the center of a massive celestial storm and in direct gravitational pull from a blue giant star about to implode. Caught in the powerful cosmic whirlpool of the star, the Nightingale must also contend with Karl Larson (Peter
Facinelli), the charismatic and mysterious young man they've rescued. Crew members start turning up dead, the survivors must unravel their
refugee's secret and escape to their home galaxy before the giant star goes supernova.