I stumbled across this movie OnDemand some years back, and simply HAD to own it! I am a fan of incredibly terrible movies. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a favorite series of mine, and I can't think of a better way to spend an evening than making fun of some awful movie that was either directly sent to video or aired solely on the Sci-Fi channel. Shapeshifter was a direct-to-video movie, filmed in Romania on what one hopes was a pathetically low budget, and it is one of my very favorite terrible movies ever.
The plot begins straightforward enough: teen spy Alex must rescue his parents from a stereotypical Eastern European tyrant who longs to nuke the entire planet. The "twist" is that he discovers that he fulfills an ancient gypsy prophecy, and is actually the Shapeshifter of legend! Gasp!
If the plot were that simple, this movie would only be moderately bad. However, the plot inconsistencies and random other genres thrown in make it a nonsensical ride of epic proportions. The plot, furthermore, is not the only terrible thing about this movie. The dialogue is ridiculous and forced, the acting is laughably bad, and the special effects would be better if they were done in somebody's basement.
If you have a good sense of humor and enjoy laughing at the expense of an awful movie, this is right up your alley. If you're looking for an action-packed, incredible sci-fi thrill ride. . . best to look elsewhere.