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Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2017
It was great to see Wesley Snipes. He brought his A-game to a low budget high concept production and I hope he gets more big budget gigs. The rest of the main cast were decent but not in Snipes' league. A hallmark of low budget productions is the cheap soundtrack and slow pacing. It's hard to create the richness of a full orchestra with a synthesizer, and yet some composers manage. This was not one of them. As others noted, the story was slow to develop, and that was a pacing issue that could have been remedied with additional scenes to flesh out the story, such as flashbacks, but again that runs into budget constraints. I really liked the story and would like to see a big budget version.
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2017
At first I picked it to fall asleep to, not realizing that it was an alien movie ( i just saw Wesley Snipes name and was like " I'm in") i love B movies but this was actually way better. I was happy to see RJ Mitte in it as well, as he is a really good young actor who needs more roles. There were a few plot points that could have been written a little bit deeper, but over all I got really hooked midway through the movie. Over all I would watch it again, and suggest it for others to watch. I'd love to see a tv network pick this up and make it a tv show. They would have to do away with the corn ball aliens though.
This was a very entertaining movie even though some of the acting could be improved. Wesley Snipes did a fine job in his acting and all the young actors were attractive. The story was good and the special effects were decent. Story is about a group of aliens who visits Earth on several occasions in the past. They abduct people and then return them. The people returned usually forget at first what happened to them, but will later remember everything including what happened on the space ships. It is as if these people were taken apart and put back together again, so the abductees return with certain forms of super power. In the past these alien invasions were not obvious, but this time the aliens decide to make their presence known to the whole world and touches down everywhere and does the abduction and return in unison. When they were done, they left again. Humans are left wondering what the visit was for and to want to quarantine those who had contact. Wesley Snipes's character was once abducted and returned when he was an astronaut, and decided he was going to capture one of these aliens this time for what they did to him. The movie focused on a group of young college age friends who decided to do a vacation in the woods where one of their parents had a vacation home. This movie had the same feel as the "Friday the 13th" movies when young people are hunted as they are away vacationing in the woods, except the twist here is that they are aliens instead of Jason. The scene where the young people turned on each other didn't make sense and should have been removed from the script. Otherwise, the rest of the movie had potential for a series. I wouldn't mind knowing what happens next.
If you liked "Tex Montana Will Survive", you'll probably enjoy this movie. If you've never heard of Tex Montana or didn't like it, skip this one. It's essentially kids in the woods being stupid. With some aliens and Wesley Snipes thrown in. Snipes and Laura Bilgeri's legs almost carry it.
The concept is actually good and would have made an interesting movie if either the dialogue and characters had been decent or if their had simply been no dialogue at all. It was a very herky-jerky thing to watch, where I wasn't sure if the movie was going for parody or actually taking itself seriously. The first 20 minutes could have been left on the cutting room floor, there was simply no need for the supposed setup as it didn't lead into the meat of the film, at all.
If you do decide to rent this, fast forward until they're at the "abandoned" cabin of Snipe's character. That's about where the movie starts. You won't miss ANYTHING if you skip to that point. The pacing is really bad and not skipping that empty space at the start will leave you very fatigued by the time things actually start happening to drive the story.
Also, it's not a scary or horror movie. Although there is an alien. He's not a predator type of alien. He's more of a quietly hide in the closet and just chill sort. The alien is so not scary that it started to annoy me how everyone would freak out as if it was the predator or (insert scary anything here). They really should have gone the route of just not showing anything if action scenes with the alien were to complex or expensive to bring to film.
Essentially, the movie is an interesting take on "why are we here". It's sort of like what was done in the Aliens prequels, with a slightly different take.
I rated it 2 stars. One for Laura Bilgeri's legs and one combined for snipes, the concept the film tries to develop, and the good attempts of the actors to work with a terrible script. Although, now that I think about it, I should probably deduct a star for them blatantly ripping off the "Total Recall" (2012) movie poster: same text color, same font, similar lighting effects, etc. I guess I'll leave it at 2 stars since the cast was obviously more capable than the script writer, director, or editor.
It was a little boring at first but things started to get interesting...I love UFO movies and Documentaries. Can't wait to order another one like this! Any Suggestions???? I already have "The 4th Kind" spooky, creepy and scary...made me believe the movie was base on True Story but it's based on a True Event if you do your research. Anyways this movie is good