Movie Review - Extraterrestrial
Now let me start this off by saying thatI have a high affinity for alien and other worldly films. I am a fond believer in life on other planets and love when a film shows this with grim detail. It is one of the reasons why I enjoyed Extraterrestrial, the second film by The Vicious Brothers. This was a great follow up to the film Grave Encounters, which if you are unfamiliar with, you should slap yourself and change that. The budget was much higher on this, and the directors really show that they were able to use the large budget to their advantage.
The film starts off as any other “college students heading off for break to a cabin in the woods” movie, with a couple ass shots and a co-ed group ready to get drunk. There is, of course, the innocent smart-girl, the jock boyfriend, the boyfriend's friend who's a complete dick, and a couple other expendable girls for eye candy. The group heads out to the cabin, getting drunk along the way when they are stopped by a cliche cop warning them to be careful in the woods. As if we can't see where this is going already. The group disregards the cop and continues to act outrageously up until an alien spaceship crashes and the movie begins to move forward.
I did like the feel of the film, it was very grim and more intense than your run-of-the-mill alien film. The writing was rather poor but overall the film is a lot of fun. I can't say the film scared me or really ever put me on edge, with so many mentions of stereotypical alien behavior and silly looking CGI alien designs that are almost straight out of a South Park episode. If you can get past the silly aliens and cheesy script, the film gets very dark and surprisingly intense very quickly. The acting is awful, but the use of lighting and slow motion causes the viewer to feel like the actors are putting their all into the film without actually doing so.
I did have some problems with how the aliens were portrayed once a few of the kids are abducted, such as the wildly over the top probing scene, but the CGI alien world is very unsettling and one of my favorite portrayals of what it is like to be abducted. Now I won't spoil the film for you all, but it ends with such a perfect Cabin In the Woods ending, which always cracks me up, and I feel like that was the filmmakers motive from the beginning. Overall, I think this is a film that if you get the chance, and love alien films, you will love it — but if not, its worth checking out on Netflix or television.
- Jarrett Furst