Alienate (2016)

Alienate (2016)

Released: 2016
Genre: Drama, Genre, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director: Michael Shumway
Starring: Jaclyn Hales, Tatum Langton, Blake Webb, ,
Run time: 90 min
IMDb: 2.7/10
Country: USA
Views: 65468


At the end of his marriage, David leaves on a business trip to give his wife much-needed space. When airplanes start mysteriously falling out of the sky and cell towers fail across the nation, he finds himself trapped. The Earth falling to an alien invasion, David fights to return to whatever is left of home.
Written by
Lex Hogan
User Reviews: With scenes lifted from "Signs" and Tom Cruise’s "War of the Worlds," editing so choppy that I couldn’t always tell what time line was being presented (and I understood "Primer." Hint: copying the editing style of "Lost" without actually understanding why they did it won’t make a good movie), a cultural view of relationships and marriage that only Millenials who thought "90210" represented real life would believe, and what appears to be a sincere desire on the director’s part to tell two stories, I simply cannot recommend this movie.

I was once a micro publisher and we regularly received books for review that wanted to tell one story, but thought that telling another story would make it successful. In every case, the story the author wanted to tell was a human drama story (the heartache of affairs, lost love, yadda, yadda, yadda), but they knew that other stories were much more popular. So they would couch the story they wanted to tell in another story: time travel (often civil war romance), westerns, vampires, etc. The result was always a terrible story, and this is no different. Which is a shame, because the special effects where better than average for a low-budget flick and the acting wasn’t bad for a bunch of new-comers.

Unfortunately, the biggest problem in the flick (ok, the second biggest, it was SLOW) is that the director actually thinks 20-somethings experience life-altering moral issues. At 50+ it’s actually quite tedious to see 20-somethings bemoaning how their lives are over and they’re all alone. Kids that haven’t actually experienced a lot of real life – and yet that was the story the director wanted to tell. Which, once again, is too bad because the alien story was actually quite well presented. (Well, except for the rifle. A bit too obvious as a plastic toy. Guys, you should have at least glued, sanded, and painted the plastic seam. I’m just sayin’.)

So, end result, not a movie I can recommend.


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Public on June 5, 2019

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