EXTRATERRESTRIAL is a small bizarre film
about a guy named Julio who wakes up in the apartment of a beautiful girl named Julia.
They soon realize everyone has left town, the phones are dead, and there is a big alien spaceship hovering over the
city. They start to make plans on what to do when Julia’s jealous
ex-boyfriend Carlos returns and the annoying neighbor Angel starts hanging around. Julia
and Julio try to cover up what they may or may not have done one night while Angel wants to reveal it because he hates Carlos
so much and Angel has nothing better to do.
Director Nacho Vigalondo (of the brilliant
time travel film Timecrimes) is back with a film where the sci-fi element is just a Macguffin to a story about relationships,
misunderstandings, and lying. I found EXTRATERRESTRIAL charming (and funny
for a couple of scenes) at times, but it isn’t the funny movie the quote on the DVD art praises it to be. It isn’t in the same league as TIMECRIMES, but it will do for those who await something as
great as TIMECRIMES from Nacho Vigalondo. Plus Michelle Jenner is very attractive
The 24 minute making-of featurette has
clips from the movie, some behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with the cast and the director. Two biggest insights from the director are how he might be just making small films (with no expectation
he will get his chance to make a bigger Hollywood film) and what the original opening scene was until his producer told him
to cut it (but Nacho has his doubts about cutting it).
Also included is the international poster
gallery, a short trailer for the film, and four of the director’s short films which vary in quality (I found the first
one Marissa to be the best one and the second one to be OK while the others got on my nerves) and thankfully Nacho got better
as a director.
FINAL ANALYSIS: EXTRATERRESTRIAL may disappoint people expecting a sci-fi movie and not a movie about relationships and
misunderstandings. It isn’t
a piece of genius like TIMECRIMES was. It is a quiet and small movie for
those type of viewers who like that type of movie.
This DVD review is (c)7-25-2012 David
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