Alien Outpost

IFC Midnight and director Jabbar Raisani bring us a new flick in the “us vs. them alien attack” genre with Alien Outpost. However, unlike most aliens-attacking-earth flicks, this one is shot documentary-style and puts the two main filmmakers right in the middle of the end of the battle. Humans have prevailed, and over time we’ve forgotten almost all about the war, especially the men and woman who protected us. But as the team filming the documentary soon learn? The war has only really just begun. 

It all started on June 13th 2021. Earth was attacked. At first the human race at first focused on their own individual needs and their own survival. But soon the UN was dismantled and the United Nation Defence Force was created. And by the end of 2022 the war was over. The first world war was won as one planet. We learned that to survive we had to forget. Forget our boundaries. Forget the human battle of us versus them and instead focus on the real battle. All of us, versus them. And forget we did. And we prevailed. The enemies retreated, but left behind thousands of soldiers called heavies. And in 2023 outposts were created to handle the remaining heavies. But as things tend to happen when the chaos and reality of war is over, we remembered. We remembered our borders. We remembered our selfishness and we remembered how easy it was to forget that which we can’t see with our own eyes. Ten years pass and while the outposts still stand and fight the remaining heavies, life goes on for the rest of the world. The men who are left to defend our boarders continue to give their lives to protect our own, even if we don’t bother to care anymore. The happenings at Outpost 37 in Alien Outpost are disturbingly parallel to modern day. It is hard to ignore the USDF soldiers resemblance to our nations soldier stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan right now. It’s even more difficult to ignore the fact that while we sit at home, indulging in social media, playing our counsels and spending evenings with our families – they are still out there. On our behalf. And sadly many of us have may have forgotten them too. Alien Outpost is not simply a science fiction film. It’s also a brilliantly captured statement of current affairs. These men each have a story, each unique and personal and the camera crew do a brilliant job at capturing that. The film follows their bonds, their losses and their battles and ultimately their willingness to give their own lives to protect the people who have forgotten, be it for their own survival or simply just because we had gotten so good at forgetting. And while the story is rather cynical, the right blend of unrecognizable yet talented actors and both practical and CGI effects makes Alien Outpost an enjoyable watch. The application of hand held cameras works for both the story and the viewer, at times almost putting you in to the action with the soldiers themselves. Alien Outpost is available staring today in select theaters and Video on Demand. Do yourself a favor, if you’re a fan of the sci-fi genre and are looking for something a little different? Make sure you don’t miss this one.

Starring: Joe Reegan, Adrian Paul, Rick Ravanello, Reiley McClendon, Douglas Tait & Matthew Holmes

Director: Jabbar Raisani

Writers: Blake Clifton, Jabbar Raisani

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