There is a subset of people who upon hearing the title Space Ninjas shake their heads at the idea of an intentionally bad film. These people are wrong. Not in their belief that these films are bad, that is their opinion. But in thinking that an absurd premise must mean intentionally bad production. Just because a film has a ridiculous plotline does not mean it is attempting to be bad on purpose. Outrageousness is not a synonym for low quality.
For those that hear a movie is called Zombie Tidal Wave and get excited, it is because they know what they are in for. Movies like this aren’t aiming for realism but rather sheer fun and offering a spectacle that is far removed from reality. For me, that is why I love movies. I want motion pictures to give me something I cannot experience day in, day out in any other way, which brings me back to Space Ninjas.
“…due to the presence of a teleporting, otherworldly being, which only a few of them see at first, their quest proves more deadly than imagined.”
The film begins in traditional John Hughes fashion. That is to say, a handful of high schoolers are showing up for detention. The students are skater punk Stanlei, rich preppy girl Tammy, pop culture-savvy Zack (Damien Zachary), and jock Omar (Amirul Afiq Amri), and Keiko (Cassandra Foo Wern Yen). Shortly after vice principal Mr. Hughes (Razif Hashim) takes their phones and gives them their assignment, the power goes out.
Understandably freaked out, the kids want to find Mr. Hughes and call for help. But, due to the presence of a teleporting, otherworldly being, which only a few of them see at first, their quest proves more deadly than imagined. Now, the teens need to fight off the space ninjas, call for help, and figure out dates for prom.