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A horrific alien invasion forces two men to fight for their lives during one universe-altering night of terror. This nerve-shredding film stars Julian Richings (Cube, X-Men: The Last Stand) in a tour-de-force performance as William Cassidy, a man who, following decades of frightening extraterrestrial encounters, is now trapped in a living hell of fear and paranoia. On the evening of a massive solar flare, Cassidy invites paranormal researcher Joe Sullivan (Adam Seybold, Exit Humanity) to his secluded home in the woods. What occurs there will change both men, and possibly the Earth, forever. Lisa Houle (Pontypool) and Dee Wallace (The Howling) also star.
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Also, the acting was decent, the effects (such as they were) were decent. The alien design was a bit...unoriginal, but I think this is a lower-budget-film, so they probably wanted to stick with something that would look convincing on camera without breaking the bank. The science is a little annoying - a coronal-mass ejection is a real thing, and could jack up all our technology for realz (the Carrington event refers to a CME that caused telegraph lines to LIGHT ON FIIIIRE, and telegraph stations to operate even though they were not plugged in). Explain to me, therefore, how the CME in the movie leaves all the cameras and radios conveniently unaffected. Reasons again? I thought so :P
Bottom line, this is a decent movie, not great, but not terrible either; I don't regret watching it all the way through, but only just, so your mileage may vary.
William can only wish he was anally probed. Something happened to William 39 years ago. He must be 45 today. And he’s telling it to Joe Sullivan, an astronomer and conspiracy blogger who’s been following William’s for a decade or more. Joe is filming his interview. Meanwhile in flash forwards we learn that the very night of the filming a coronal ejection knocked something out of the sky that landed in William’s back yard. And now the pretty lady who sounds both British and American which must be a result of this being a Canadian film. She is Dr. Tobin and she’s interrogating William who is tied to a chair with two armed guards and who is instructing another female doctor, Heather, on how to apply the pleth helmlet. “We’ll drill a couple holes into William’s head and see what we can see.” The doctor asks if he’s comfortable. Pretty lady says, “Please don’t do that.” Heather advises “We get better results if the subject is comfortable.” Tobin snaps “Please don’t do that. Just stop talking and finish.” I am legitimately intrigued at this point. The pleth helmet is alien technology and it pulls the thoughts right out of a brain. The editing is so good that the two points of view, that of William being interviewed and of William being interrogated after the event come together to tell an even bigger story. Dr. Tobin smiles sweetly and tells our tortured William, “Did I forget to mention that while we know how to take your mind out we just don’t even know how to begin putting it back in.” Sounds of dental drills and smoke and thus starts this neat little film.
A combination of film styles helps create the story and the atmosphere. Not a cast of thousands, the stage only holds a handful of actors at most times. Its direction would be comfortable staged as a play as the special effects and set design require little but imagination to support the story and nothing more. It is derivative of the “Blair Witch Project” using the hand held jittery camera though not “found footage.” Where it surpasses “Blair Witch Project” is the story isn’t told just from the point of view of the hand held camera. There is a nod to Mel Gibson’s “Signs” as an alien terrorizes William and Joe’s stories are told in this weaving of flash forwards and flash backs which come together in an entirely satisfying end that tips a hat to Karen Black’s character in “Amelia” by Richard Matheson (“I Am Legend.”) If you’re a film buff you will really enjoy finding all the Easter Eggs the writers either intentionally or subconsciously littered the film with. I really enjoyed this film.
Hand-held footage typically wouldn't come with a soundtrack
Glaring plot holes
Issues with continuity
It looked like the crew suited up exactly four guys in security suits and used the same four throughout. Unfortunately, their body language was wrong (they didn't move like trained security).
Pricing of the video (it seems that initial pricing is going up for some of movies, so I may just wait for the price to drop for future mid-fi purchases)
Julian Richings performance. Although most often a character actor, his lead role in Ejecta was noteworthy.
Use of ambiguity, obscure references, and a couple of macguffin-y gizmos to add some mystery (even with continuity issues)
The ending. Truly creepy. I'd wager a guess that this vignette was the original inspiration for the movie.
Recommended, once the price drops.