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Has to be a candidate for the worst film ever, the cast have no acting
talent at all, the script has more wood than the Amazon and the pace of
the film is slower than a Trabant.. total waste of eight pounds that
the DVD cost. The film preview on the back of the DVD claims to be
about UFO's yet the first half of the film contains none or seemingly
anything leading up to them. Just some talentless "actors" going
through some Shakespeareanesque wordy scenes seemingly trying to make
the film look arty. (probably pushing things to actually call this
rubbish a film) If your looking for entertainment go paint your shed or
something. It will be far more entertaining than this dross.
Starring the offspring of iconic actors and boasting an appealing
poster and a decent trailer, my expectations for the low budget British
movie U.F.O. (not to be confused with the long forgotten Roy Chubby
Brown vehicle from 1993) were high.
Two Seans, Brosnan (who looks and sounds quite a bit like his father Pierce) and Pertwee (son of Jon), share the screen with one of Jean- Claude Van Damme offspring and several unknowns, plus there are spaceships and fight scenes. Sounds like a real feast for exploitation movie fans. I was excited and I guess a feeling of disappointment was inevitable.
The problem is all in the execution. Sharing more in common with the all mouth and no trousers sci-fi "mockbusters" made by prolific schlock peddlers The Asylum than Gareth Edwards' similar but superior MONSTERS (2010), Dominic Burns' film makes all the wrong moves.
The problems are clear right from the start. A string of scenes that fail to engage and just go on for ages. The opening credits run over a long sequence in a nightclub which is interminable. Scene after scene is overlong (including a gratuitous sex scene) and too often the film is stylistically indulgent. The camera swings and sways and pans round and round but it doesn't make the scenes anymore interesting. There are also irritating insert shots that attempt to foreshadow the terrible things to come.
As tedious as it is ambitious, U.F.O. is as unimaginative as its title. Extremely derivative (there's a sense of déjà vu about each scene right up to the closing moments), it takes forever to get going but then can't quite decide on a direction.
This is one of those films about a bunch of ordinary people who find themselves amid extraordinary circumstances. In this case the chaos of an alien invasion. But even after a huge spaceships appears, a lot of the film just involves spending time with an unappealing ensemble of characters talking about the situation and other things and not actually doing anything interesting. The focus is often on the crumbling of society rather than the aggressive actions of aliens but it's not involving.
When the characters do take some action and the director throws some physical conflict into the mix it all gets confusing rather than exciting. Martial artist Joey Ansah appears in a small role and fans won't be surprised that he gets to have a pretty cool fight scene, but when it happens it seems like things have shifted gears too quickly. The context for the fight is not well established so it's hard to care about what's happening. It's more confusing than exciting.
Sean Brosnan is the film's lead and fares pretty well as he's essentially still unknown. Sean Pertwee on the other hand has a number of good roles in high profile films behind him, so to see him essentially reprising his crazy act from the doomed TALOS THE MUMMY (Russell Mulcahy, 1998) in a couple of short scenes in a film this poor is somewhat depressing. Perhaps more so than when we see what Van Damme is asked to contribute.
This film's major selling point is that extended cameo from Van Damme. Something spoiled not only by the post and credits, but by a quick, out of context shot of the star moments into the film. Other shots follow periodically until his character actually joins the others late in the film.
Van Damme's appearance in this film is very curious, but alongside numerous direct-to-DVD movies the star has made supporting appearances in a number of films in various countries. He's been in Turkish, French and recently Russian films (none of which have been released in the UK yet). His glamorous daughter has her first big role as the nominal lead actress and I guess she or the producers convinced him it would be a fun opportunity for the two to work together.
Bianca Bree is usually only seen in very minor roles in her father's films (along with her brother who usually gets more screen time) but here the roles are reversed. This is indeed a novel facet to U.F.O. that fans will enjoy, especially in the final act when Bree finally gets something to do and we get to see Van Damme for more than a fraction of a second, but that in itself is not enough to make the film fun and to be recommended. Fans who endured DRAGON EYES (John Hyams, 2012) may want to avoid this as it's not much better.
The final issue I had with the film is that it didn't quite know how to end. There are several twists, each taken from other films, and one final turn of the screw and then it's all over. Which is a relief.
Please if you value your time to be entertained DO NOT watch this. Seriously the worst movie ever. I am trying to figure out how they even spent what the budget for the movie was. It is a bunch of scenes of pure nonsense, don't be fooled by title as I am not sure where science fiction is. Seriously not good!!!! Apparently I have to have ten lines to review this movie, but how much can you write about something that is this bad? If I was the director I would petition to have my name taken from this used toilet paper of a movie, in fact if this movie was toilet paper it was used many times! What is worse I still have one more line to write about this feces of a movie!
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The first half hour is a turgid introduction to a bunch of people who
will try to survive the British Independence Day. Unfortunately after
this first half hour you will be so bored out of your skull you won't
really care who dies or how.
About half way through the lights have gone out and Sean Pertwee appears as a crazy tramp type person who babbles some unfathomable pseudo religious drivel to the hero of the film and turns out to be the smartest person in the whole sorry mess.
Suddenly a really bad model of something rejected by Star Wars appears in the sky over some Yorkshire town and everybody goes mental. The British Army turn up in the form of two blokes with a bazooka and seemingly wearing trainers. Then we end up at JCVD's house and find out aliens are amongst us then we have a bit of kick boxing and then I think the aliens win.
With a script so threadbare it is almost invisible, acting talent that would not trouble an amoeba and special effects even Blue Peter would blush at this codswallop retails at 10 pound in my local shop.
It's about time there was a law against this tripe even being made let alone allowed to be placed on a shelf in a shop. Be very wary of the positive reviews here. Be warned this film is not even good enough to be described as 'rubbish' it is some kind of sub genre even worse.
I have never written a review of a film before.....but this film was so
bad it should carry a government health warning! It was neither funny
or scary, the special effects were of 70s standard and the acting was
that wooden that Pinocchio would have been been the stand out actor.
I would say that I didn't want to spoil the end by revealing it but it did that very nicely itself...
The highlights were the girls in the movies who were easy on the eye but the dialogue and the acting was of level worse than I have witnessed or wish to do again....JCD whatever you were paid to appear in this movie..it wasn't enough.
A cameraman who couldn't point straight it was like a very bad home movie...... AVOID! AVOID.......AND JUST TO BE CLEAR ....AVOID!
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It is a mystery how casting managed to recruit some excellent actors to
perform in this steaming heap...
Of the entire garbage we see about 5 - 10 minutes of JCVD so that is pretty much a cameo and not a starring role, the same with Sean Pertwee so how did they get talked into performing in this pointless tripe? It seems at times that only 20 minutes of film was produced as the same clips are shown at least twice and the editor just chopped out random pieces and copy pasted them randomly through the film..
If the continual moving camera was meant to add an edginess to this garbage I have to say it failed abysmally and in fact at times looked more like the cameraman was so blind drunk that someone had to continually keep pushing him upright as in his drunken stupor you can see he is continually falling sideways...
To The Idiot that wrote this steaming pile I would like to point out that whatever EMP can knock out the National Grid will also knock out vehicles and mobile phones so when we see people driving around in cars / vans / military vehicles your whole premise of an alien EMP knocking out electrics makes no sense and for crying out loud don't show someone watching video footage taken on a mobile phone because they too would be fried...
To the movie industry, is it any wonder that file sharing is alive and well when you expect people to part with their hard earned cash for garbage like this? As for the ending.....POINTLESS
If you want Star Wars spectacle, this isn't it. You will be bored. If
you want non-stop action with machine guns and Kung Fu Ninja kick
boxing scenes twirling and flying in slow motion every five minutes,
this isn't it. You will be bored. If you rate your movies by the
quality of the special effects, this one will not be very good in your
I enjoyed it. It was a movie about the UFO and aliens coming, but one centering on what is going on in the heads of the typical ditz people who actually experience it. It was a small movie about small people and how their little world completely disintegrated.
Yes, the special effects were something a good amateur could do at home. So what? They were better than the ones on classic Sci Fi movies of a few decades ago. We have higher and higher expectations for special effects now.
OK, what the hell did I just watch? What is this crap?
Those who gave it high score, were on drugs. This movie doesn't deserve more than 1. It makes school plays I was on elementary school seem Star Wars-level compared to this.
So, it's about UFO invasion on England............. and it's not about UFO invasion. Seriously, the beginning is TERRIBLE: we see a bunch of people being in a club drinking, dancing etc. and then going to home and having sex, while there is an implication about UFO.
The acting was bad, the script is terrible, the dialogues are badly-written and badly-executed from the actors, who are very unlikeable and pretty much the whole thing is a big mess and I couldn't stand the directing and the camera shots, being all moving and making me feel dizzy. And how in the unholy name of the Great Old Ones did Van Damme got himself into this mess? Really slow time 'till the next Expendables, hmmmmmmm, monsieur JC?
I could say that this is close to "The Room" in terms of awfulness, but with "The Room" you can a crapload of laughter from its awfulness and make jokes about it. But this doesn't even make you laugh. It makes you sick and disgusted from you see. This is one of those moments that movie piracy can save you and your money.
Also, to the people who say that Sci-Fi doesn't need very good visuals and CGI and such: yes, you need them. Not Cameron's Avatar-level, mind you, but Sci-Fi is a genre that DEPENDS on good visuals. This isn't the 60s anymore where you had cheap-looking costumes and plastic masks and gloves and call it an alien. I remember renting a movie with friends from the video store, after university, called Alien Raiders. And even though that movie is bad, it has some entertainment value that is good to watch with friends, with pizza and Coca-Cola and make fun of it. This one makes you stop the movie and watch Mars Attack!, War of the Worlds (not the stupid Spielberg one), the old V, The Thing, Final Fantasy The Spirits Within and have more fun.
This one doesn't deserve to be downloaded via torrents at all.
Where do we begin? This British version of Manchester United Meets War
of the Worlds (the original, not the remake)is a complete disaster from
the first reel. At first, I thought this was a film project done by a
first-year film student, but I soon realized it was much worse than
anything a film student has done. The director of this waste of 100
minutes of film, Dominic Burns, has no sense of direction. The actors
have no idea how to act, the cinematographer looks like it was his
first attempt at filming the prom, Claude Van Dam makes Arnold
Schwartzeneggar look like Laurence Olivier, his daughter is even more
dreadful than he is as an aspiring actress (must be the genes), and the
music is overbearing. Other than that, the film is a huge success.
A bunch of nightclub types pose as protagonists in the film, but after interminable meaningless scenes about them, you begin to root for the aliens to kill them. There is gratuitous sex, mindless violence and gibberish for dialogue. There is no plot per se. Please save your time and money for something a bit more enjoyable; like an hour and a half in the dentist's chair without anesthetics. Plan 9 From Outer Space is a blockbuster compared to this joke. I have seen over 12,000 films and this one easily qualifies for one of the bottom TEN.
Arthur H Tafero Askmrmovies.com
Well well well, where do I begin. Let me start with the terrible acting and that is all I has to say about that. The fight scene on the other hand was just painful how on earth the producers and director sit there at the end of the day and say yeah we've done good here we've made a difference well even hitlar made a difference and that was just a bad idea all round wasn't it, I hope everyone who created or was involved in this film are very proud of your lack of achievement and I'm sure your parents are to. I don't know what else I can say about this, I hated it so much I'm shaking with rage right now. I will be losing a lot of sleep over this for the pure fact I have wasted 97minutes of my life, overall an inconclusive end to the film what actually happened??? Please for the love of god don't make a number 2
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