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surprisingly good that is. everything works from the setup to the just
enough characters, to the 'event', to the turning point, to all the
flawed characters, to the length of the movie.
***spoilers*** don't expect to see alien here, it is not that kind of movie. One way to put it is about how stupid unthougthful white lies can snowball, if you don't control it, it can ruin lives. Sounds serious but not really. The movie t is about 5% sci-fi; 35% comedy; 45% human studies of sort; and 15% drama.
So everything started small and things escalate slowly - based on emotions of fear, longing and trust amongst 4 lead characters. Doesn't feel stagy (like stage play converted to movie) at all even though for most part it is confined to an apartment.
And the director is funny guy - never before seen his movies, but he's good. During Q&A, he answered there's lots of movie where the film title is not defacto explanation of the film, or factual for the matter. As was there a straw dog in Straw Dogs ? Reall reservrio dogs in Tarantino's movie ?
The Woody Allen of Science Fiction -as the critic/director Jason
Reitman writes- brings us another amazing film titled
¨Extraterrestrial¨ . Everyone knows what to do if one morning the sky
would be absolutely full of UFOs : run as fast as you can . The picture
deal with an amusing situation : what would happen if the saucer
invasion started while you are in the flat of the girl of your dreams ?
. As Julio (Julian Villagran , recently Goya winner for his acting in
Grupo 7) didn't remember go home with her , as Julia (Michelle Jenner ,
a successful young actress who has recently starred Isabel La Catolica)
didn't mention her boyfriend named Carlos (Raul Cimas) and the neighbor
named Angel (Carlos Areces , Eloy De La Iglesia's usual) has gone crazy
. But none of them expected the Alien invasion . Meanwhile , TV
communicates : Please stay calm and remain in your homes .
The picture relatively succeeds because of the thriller , humor , plot twists , suspense , as well as a twisted written script delving into the starring paranoia in such extreme situation . There is a science-fiction premise doesn't have to dominate a story's narrative. Instead it can serve as an interesting backdrop that casts familiar characters in a new light and gives alternative motivations for what would be otherwise commonplace events . Despite low budget the movie manages to be intelligent , intriguing but also a little bit boring . Following a similar vein in Nacho Vigalondo's Time crimes (2006) , in this recent film titled Extraterrestre (2011) , examines the fallout of a one-night stand in the context of an alien invasion . The same kind of lies are told and the same rash decisions made to cover up the infidelity , but the paranoia of potential aliens among them heightens every emotion and lends comedy to some situations where there'd be none . The final result is an offbeat dramedy that's captivating , in spite of not being all that fun or especially thought-provoking . The good thing about this film is that the director made it on a shoestring budget only having to do a few sets , yet the movie works on many levels but is constantly reconfigured . Casting is frankly well , giving fine performances , though little known with exception of Michelle Jenner and Julian Villagran . Thrilling and suspenseful musical score by Jorge Magaz . Colorful and appropriate cinematography by Jon Dominguez .
This motion picture relatively cheap was tautly written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo in his second movie , his first was the international hit titled ¨Time crimes¨ with Karra Errejalde . Nacho is a good young filmmaker , a little prolific director because he is usually writer for television and shorts filmmaker , he has only realized two films and nowadays is in post-production of ¨Open windows¨ with Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey . ¨Extraterrestrial¨ is without a doubt a weird , mysterious and comedy film to be liked for Science-Fiction and suspense fans , turning out to be one of the most original Spanish movies of the last years , though pretty inferior its predecessor ¨Time crimes¨. Rating : 5'5 . Acceptable and passable .
This film uses the appearance of a flying saucer in the sky as a MacGuffin to move along a plot about relationship and infidelity. A still image of the saucer above a building is the extent of the effects in this film and also pretty much the extent of the issue of any real extra terrestrials. In an attempt to cover the aforementioned infidelity, the two main characters create lies that are detrimental to one of the colorful side characters. People over-react to situations and generally create that indie film quirky mayhem we are familiar with that is outside of actual reality. There are many questions that remain unanswered because the film is only focused on this little group of four people and their relationship issues. Ms. Jenner is a pleasure to watch if only because she is so darned pretty. The ending leaves one a bit unsatisfied.
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And what makes this movie laugh out loud funny, is that they aren't as concerned about the aliens in the flying saucer as they are that the girl's boyfriend might find out that she had a one night stand (probably after some heavy drinking, since neither can remember if they "did it" or not) with the guy still in her apartment when her boyfriend arrives shortly after they wake and discover the flying saucer. A third comic element, besides the saucer that no one is panicking about, and trying to keep the boyfriend in the dark, is that the weird nerd next door, who wants the girl too, inadvertently finds out about the one night stand, and threatens to tell the boyfriend. How the story progresses from here is what makes it hilarious. What makes it sweet is how the three males involved solve their problem and prove their love for the girl, each in their own way. And what happens with the flying saucer? You'll have to watch to find out.
Yes, I really enjoyed this..."whatchamacallit" comedy? Black
?Fake sci-fi as the background to a forbidden love story
Because that's what it is, without all the romance, but with all the
cheating caused after one night stand. I wasn't disappointed at all,
even though the ending weakened for a couple of minutes. To be honest
it gave me some smiles, a laugh and a satisfied grin on my face after
the final credits.
Unfortunately for those waiting for E.T and fireworks well, change the channel! But if you are a guy that had given up on the girl of your dreams to do what is right, or if you are the girl, who wanted the "other" guy, well this movie is for you.
This is one of those occasions when I am more than "happy" because I speak and understand perfect Spanish even if it is from Spain, because the movie is fun to watch after you discard the expectations for little green Martians.
The movie is not slow, it just elaborates the proper scenario for the situations and circumstances, it's a story of the absurdities of a particular situation on the first two days of what could have been the antithesis of "Independence Day" (1996).
The acting is really good: a little flat for "Carlos" (Raúl Cimas) still, acceptable, and "Angel" (Carlos Areces) does a good obnoxious and insufferable neighbor, Julián Villagrán ("Julio") does a very believable role(I only wish not have seen his nudity!) and finally, I am looking forward to see more of ("Julia") Michelle Jenner's acting work! So, thumbs up to this one, just remember no "E.T" in it, just a couple of explosions.
A guy wakes up in the apartment of a beautiful girl, remembering
nothing from the night before. Before he has a chance to leave, they
realize aliens have come in giant flying saucers and the government
evacuated everybody, except them. Two other actors enter the stage and
it all turns into a Woody Allen style comedy. Well, Mr. Allen's films
are a lot better usually, but still, funny enough.
Maybe it was disappointing a little that the aliens never actually did anything but appear in the sky - one feels a little cheated given the title of the film - but the movie itself was original and had some really funny moments. FHM and Man cover girl Michelle Jenner is a real beauty as well, which pretty much explains why every other (male) actor in the film does what he does.
However that doesn't mean the film is flawless. At times it gets a little boring and the characters are a little too caricaturesque for my taste. The film surprised me, and I liked it, but it can go either way.
There are so many great films coming out lately from around the world.
What's crazy is that some of the ones that get the most praise don't
always connect with everyone. The Spanish made film Extraterrestrial is
the latest meeting this criteria, but also sports the sci-fi comedy
genre that gives it the unique opportunity to deliver something new to
the genre, but can it make it work or will it just be a wasted
Extraterrestrial follows a guy and girl as they wake up from an apparent one night stand only to find out that the world is full of UFO's. As if that wasn't enough, they have to deal with the girl's boyfriend and the creepy neighbor which might be even more trouble than the invasion. On the surface this movie works pretty well, but overall it misses the mark at times. The cast is great and do a great job bouncing off the clever dialogue to create a dry funny overall film. What takes somewhat away from this movie is the UFO aspect. While this does set up some reasoning behind the bigger story for them to play off of, it really serves little to no purpose for the film itself. There is nothing ever really done with it other than being a back drop and makes the final experience seem a bit lacking. Another major issue is the ending. It builds up with all the tensions and issues with all involved only to just kind of end with little to no resolution.
Believe it or not this is an entertaining movie that should have been way better than it was. Overall once it ends, it just feels like it was all for nothing since nothing ever really happens. If you're looking for something a bit different then this movie will entertain and do the job, just be sure to steer clear of the expectations of the sci-fi aspect. Be warned, this is a subtitled movie so unless you speak Spanish be prepared to read.
Right, don't sit down and watch this movie if you are expecting to see
aliens or anything overly cool. In fact, there are no aliens in the
movie at all, not in the traditional sense anyway. But then again, the
movie is not really revolving around the alien invaders.
"Extraterrestre" is a movie about a woman cheating on her man with a stranger, and they end up having feelings for one another, but their story takes a turn for the absurd.
I managed to sit through the entire movie, despite it being something completely different than what I had initially expected it to be. But let me tell you, hand on heart, that it was a struggle, because this movie is dull and boring. The movie is labeled as a comedy, but it is far from the type of comedy that will make you laugh. The comedy in this movie is the absurdity of the situation and the events that unfold, but it will not make you laugh. I didn't laugh once throughout the entire movie.
This movie is more of a darkly satirical romance than it is a comedy Sci-Fi. So bear that in mind before you put it on and sit down to be entertained.
The acting in "Extraterrestre" wasn't bad, and it was actually what managed to keep the interest level somewhat above water. But it was halting, and this movie is definitely not the type of movie that you watch again once you've managed to sit through it the first time.
It is a Spanish movie, so you might want to keep that in mind prior to getting your hands on it. Personally I do enjoy movies that are not of the English language. That being said, then of course it is not every single foreign movie that manages to catch my interest or entertain me, "Extraterrestre" was one of those movies.
Throughout the movie, there is a sense of the movie is building up for something big or something interesting to happen, but it just never happens. And as such, the movie was not all that great.
Extraterrestrial is a Spanish movie where the aliens (apparently)
invade Spain. I say apparently because you never once see an alien, you
only see a fourth of a spacecraft that is essentially 4 miles wide.
This movie is a love triangle between three characters and another annoying jealous guy who wants to make it a love square. He does ridiculous stuff to gain the attention of the only woman in the film, the woman he desires.
That's it. There's nothing else to the plot.
If this was a comedy, it failed at every level since I didn't even smile once. If this was a drama, I never showed any emotions for the characters depicted and could care less if any lived or died. This can't be considered action since nothing dramatic happened at all.
What I can say is whatever this movie was supposed to be it wasn't and I struggled to watch the duration even though it was only about 90 minutes long.
I like foreign movies and I watch a lot of them because most are better than the movies put out by Hollywood but give this one a miss cause there's nothing to take out of Extraterrestrial unless you're looking to see how boring and nonsensical a movie can actually be.
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