Extraterrestrial (2014) | It’s Close Encounters of the Vicious Brothers Kind
We Are Not Alone!
Returning to her family’s old Echo Lake vacation cabin with a group of friends, April (Brittany Allen) is on the verge of splitting with her devoted boyfriend Kyle (Freddie Stroma) when a spaceship crashes in the nearby woods. After finding strange footprints at the crash site, the gang come under attack by beings from outer space. Meanwhile, Sheriff Murphy (Gil Bellows), who is investigating a series of bizarre disappearances in the area, uncovers evidence that his own missing daughter may have been abducted by the extraterrestrials. But why?
They Do Not Come in Peace!
‘This shit is out of this world. Straight Up!’, says a character in the thrilling opening scene of this slick Canadian teen sci-fi shocker from the Vicious Brothers, that fuses an emotional teen relationship drama with a Cloverfield in the woods meets The X-Files scenario, complete with requiste scary Roswell-styled aliens and a government cover-up.
It’s a heart-racing, fast-moving thrill-ride as the film’s two key plot-lines – the kids vs the aliens and the sheriff investigating – converge headlong over the course of one stormy night, resulting in the teens’ abduction and subsequent ‘anal probing’ onboard the alien mothership.
Michael Ironside cameos as a pot-growing Vietnam vet who reveals the X-Files-worthy conspiracy to April and her friends: that the government has had a treaty with the aliens since the Roswell incident, giving them free reign to continue their experiments on humans in return for some alien know-how. But, as the gang have now broken the treaty (by shooting at one of the aliens), its now time for them to pay with their lives…
Having April’s friends high on weed when the xtro’s go on the offensive makes the film’s strobe lightning effects and psychedelic colour palette all more disconcerting, heightening the panic and paranoia that drives the action; and when that mothership lands in a blaze of lights and an ear splitting sound that’s straight out of War of the Worlds (the Tom Cruise one), the film hits a major high. But you’ll be begging to come down when those grisly experiments get underway in the cavernous slimy-walled mothership. Ouch!
Posted on March 9, 2015, in Might See, Might-See, Sci-Fi and tagged Brittany Allen, Extraterrestrial, Freddie Stroma, Gil Bellows, Might See, Sci-Fi, The Vicious Brothers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.