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Alien Dawn (2012)

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2012. The dawn of destruction. As giant alien machines enslave and feed off humanity, the few remaining survivors band together to form a armed militia that will be the last stand against total extinction.

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Credited cast:
Michael Abruscato Michael Abruscato ... Roger Kaczynski
Tiffany Adams ... Sera Michaels
Alex Bell ... Anders Kaczynski
Rachelle Dimaria ... Marissa J. McKellen
Cynthia Martin ... Joni Mitchell
Tiffany Martin ... Tiffany Lewis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Alexander ... Flight Lieutenant Michaels
Angela T. Baesa ... Tamika Laan
Alexandra Bragg Alexandra Bragg ... Alisha Fae
Barbara Lee Bragg ... Mary Ellen Pancratz
Daniel Bridges ... Rennick Martin (as Dan Bridges)
Sharlene Brown Sharlene Brown ... Person in Martian Prison
Billy Burns Billy Burns ... Chuck Thomas
Emmett Callinan Emmett Callinan ... Person in Martian Prison
Terry Edmiston Terry Edmiston ... Person in Martian Prison
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2012. The dawn of destruction. As giant alien machines enslave and feed off humanity, the few remaining survivors band together to form a armed militia that will be the last stand against total extinction.

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »
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USA

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English

Release Date:

6 August 2012 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$1,850,000 (estimated)
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Lame Retread
10 March 2013 | by jet66See all my reviews

For every interpretation of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" — from the radio broadcast and the movies, to the TV series — one could safely rely on consistency: interesting, if not always likable protagonists bearing witness to the near extinction of humanity at the three-fingered hands of aliens motoring around in tripod war machines firing death rays with a distinctive "pew-pew-pew-pew-pew-pew-pew-pew" sound. In fact, no matter how each version changed with location, hero or narrative device, the ray guns and tripods have been mandatory (often, using the same sound effects Byron Haskin's created for the 1953 movie). And just as consistently, every movie and TV producer since has as least acknowledged H.G. Wells' in a story credit.

That is, until Neil Johnston dropped this steaming pile of dark matter onto our planet. Perhaps that's just as well. Why besmirch a great legacy with this amateurish entry?

In a jumble of styles — which simply HAS to include some found-footage video journalism — the writer/director lifts from a variety of other sources as well. Most obviously, Dawn of the Dead, and the 1984 version of Red Dawn. Perhaps the only redeeming quality is including the word "Dawn" in the title, so the viewer might mistake this as some kind of homage.

You might think that despite the crushing familiarity of the material, you could find a morsel of entertainment. Perhaps you have a fondness for cheaply-rendered 3D and quickly executed After Effects. But if you love clumsy hack writing, this is the movie for you. Betraying even less skill with dialog than he does with with plagiarizing plot, the director creates a world of bickering, unlikeable morons you don't care anything about. And they're often sputtering ill-considered truisms from other films. For example, after one character theorizes that the invading aliens are changing our terrestrial environment to suit their biological needs, a key character solemnly - and unironically - declares, "It's called 'Terraforming.'" Indeed. And Alien Dawn isn't the product of film-making, but rather "movie-forming."


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