The Faculty (1998) Review
“What if your teachers really were from another planet?”
Synopsis: When Casey Connor, Herrington High School’s newspaper photographer, witnesses the murder of a nurse and sees her alive again, he decides to investigate the bizarre happenings.
The Faculty is a pleasantly mediocre movie, mostly memorable because of its star-studded cast. It reflects a small-scale, rather sad takeover of a high school and town by aliens with their own agenda. Naturally, a rag tag bunch of students rebel. It’s the same story we’ve heard hundreds of times before, and unfortunately, The Faculty has nothing new to say.
Though there are a few memorable moments, The Faculty is mostly beige. It’s inoffensive and generally entertaining but fails to go above and beyond. Movie buffs – or even just anyone who spent a little too much time in front of a TV as a kid – will enjoy seeing who pops up, including Piper Laurie, Elijah Wood, and Salma Hayek. There’s also a few failures in casting that make the movie a bit rougher than it needs to be: Josh Hartnett isn’t believable as a bad boy, for example. (Jon Stewart, however, does a good job not acting like Jon Stewart.)
In the end, you’re not missing out if you have never seen The Faculty, but it’s a decent option for a casual movie night with folks who are more interested in the cast list than an exciting plot. It doesn’t deserve rave reviews, but sometimes that’s not what you need in a movie.
Calamity Brains’ Rating: C+