Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Just Where is the Plot in Alien Origin? A DVD Review

*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by The Asylum.

Director/writer: Mark Atkins.

Cast: Chelsea Vincent, Peter Pedrero and Philip Coc.

You better Belize it, this small country has their own special forces unit and they are going deep into the jungles with adventure journalist Julia Evans (Chelsea Vincent) in search for an Alien Origin. Tagging along is her own film crew to document this operation and what they discover is a graveyard filled with a tantalizing mystery. Unfortunately the intrigue went out the window.

Although one subplot is clearly defined, another isn't. The only indication that this movie is about invaders from outer space is because of the camcorder Evans and the army find. After looking at the recording, which contains hints of some human victim being abducted, the only thing they can consider doing is to dig deeper. This lone scene is perhaps the only good segment of this film. In the way that person screamed, he must be having a good time by getting rectally prodded at.

Should these aliens come from the planet Uranus, the movies makes no indication to this species origins.

While parts of this movie hints at Predator, another product, Prometheus, has to come to mind. The title of this movie suggests dissecting the origin of a species. But which one, human or alien? or maybe they are hybrids that many UFO conspiracists believe to exist. That is hard to say when even at the half hour mark, this film's only sign of life is when the headache inducing shakey cam takes effect. But by then, just how many owners of this title will want to continue on? Some may just want to skip to the end and look for the big reveal.

When that happens, the military crew that Evans is with gets picked off one-by-one. The painful wait for many may have a few viewers wanting to gouge their eyes out at this point. Most of the action happens off screen! This film crawls along with hardly any decent character development or even a story. When the jungle should be thick with vegetation, what this movie presents here is some neatly pedicured back yard from Palm Springs rather than Guatemala.

This movie has the markings of being a pet project and not a fully realized film. Asylum Pictures have made many a film which parodies a bigger named movie, and to say this one is supposed to follow in the footsteps of Prometheus—the gentle giant would squish this one and grind it to the ground. The problems this film makes are too numerous to count. To even list them all would be fruitless. Boring is the only word needed to describe this product.

Overall: 3 out of 10.

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