The notion that we are not alone in the world is one I thrive on, as a total nerd. Now if I were actually faced with E.T (and not Spielberg‘s cute, wrinkly guy) I would most likely run screaming in the opposite direction no matter how much I know X-Files has prepared me for a close encounter. In the new IFC Midnight action/sci-fi ALIEN OUTPOST only the brave survive, if they’re lucky.
So here’s the long and short of this truly cool flick. 2021, Earth has been invaded by an alien race dubbed the “Heavies”. 2022, Outposts are built by military branches to fight the Heavies in key locations across the planet. 11 years later, after most of the outposts have been dismantled and the waves of invasions have died down, Outpost 37 is still operating in Pakistan. A journalist and his cameraman follow a group of young soldiers that are just joining up with the men that have been stationed there for some time. Things are not as they seem as men go missing, curious behavior begins, and allies become enemies.
This film is brilliantly directed by Game of Thrones visual effects supervisor Jabbar Raisani. A powerhouse ensemble cast o relative unknowns kills this script in the best way possible. Each actor is distinct and incredibly talented. The pace of the script is slow and steady. It has a eerie feel to it. You’re constantly aware that something is not quite right. I had no idea what was coming next, which is rare these days. The visual effects are fantastic. Think District 9 meets Cloverfield. If either of these movies resonated with you, ALIEN OUTPOST might be right up your alley. A tip for viewing: Wait until the credits are over for an extra scene. It’s worth the wait.