Directed by: Jabbar Raisani
Written by: Blake Clifton and Jabbar Raisani
A disappointing first outing that shows promise.
Pretty much a gold standard for a movie that should perhaps have been a short, this first feature from Jabbar Raisani (usually a visual effects supervisor) is a fake documentary set in Afghanistan in the 2030s, ten years after an alien invasion of Earth was repelled and isolated outposts are set up to deal with the small amount of alien forces left behind when the aliens retreated. Filmed in a combination of action sequences, long stretches of realistic boredom and and talking head interviews, it's generally ok but not, I think, as an interesting an allegory for the current stupid wars the US is involved with in the area that the director seems to want it to be. Some good performances (Adrian Paul, best known for the TV series of Highlander, is quite good as a senior officer at the outpost) can't quite lift it out of the "eh, if it's on SciFi at 2 on a Saturday afternoon, maybe" feeling I got from this movie. It's just good enough that if Raisani makes a second feature I'll check it out for improvement though.
Alien Outpost is for rent in the iTunes store and the Sony Network and can be purchased on the XBox store.
2015 Rankings (So far):
- Alien Outpost