Stephen and Sadie are part of a group of students who hop on board a crabbing vessel hoping to research the effects of global warming on whales in the Bering Sea. When the crew, led by Graff (Lance Henriksen), dredges up a creepy ice block left over from a piece of old Russian space wreckage, they realise they have stumbled across strange new life forms that are not of this world. It turns out that the frozen mutants are the product of an abandoned Soviet experiment with space radiation and tiny sea creatures. With the ice thawing fast, the crew realise too late they've stumbled across a supernatural horror that should have been left in the deep.
Why this is called Inanimate i do not know...... Suspended Animation would have been a better title and more accurate .
Nothing more than a Budget version of 'The Thing' only on a Fishing ship in Alaskan Frozen Waters whilst Whale watching/Crab Fishing.
Pretty run of the mill story wise . thankfully NO dreadful CGI effects to ruin everything ,just the old style Puppetry/Monster in actuality .so what you get is a Real-time creature , always more entertaining than a cartoon one.even if the design is a bit shit and more like a Pot Noodle than an Alien . Entertaining enough for the one viewing ,certainly not one to purchase for more than one watch though.
Put very simply, this is a story heavily influenced by ‘The Thing (1982)’ featuring Lance Henrikson and series of special effects refreshingly untouched by CGI. To that end, the monstrous and monsters look pleasingly 1980s in style. That’s not to say ‘old school effects’ are unimpressive: although slightly ‘cheesy’, they are powerful in scale and charmingly gooey. Also, such moments are joyfully free of the ‘cartoony’ aspect of computer generated effects. Director and writer Alec Gillis seems so proficient that it is something of a surprise he chose to limit his resources to a story with such obvious inspiration.
As you may expect, infighting amongst the group – many of whom have their own agendas – provides some drama when the monsters are otherwise engaged. As always, Henrikson – playing deadpan Graff – is a mighty presence. He seems to have made his professional home in films like this, and thrives in them.