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Ha ha ha. So I wasn't the only person to get very serious Tommy Wiseau vibes from this film and its clearly not-American lead who I later discover is also the writer and director.
The mundane poster and sparse synopsis did nothing to draw me in to the film and I expected very little going into it. At first we're treated to a prologue involving a sick car accident in which we learn later on the protagonist loses an eye, and which it is later implied that his wife loses her unborn baby.
This ultimately was an unneeded scene, but one ultimately still used by big dumb movies that feel the need to handhold the audience and explain everything, because the next scene 10 months later shows the guy working on a new prosthetic eye for himself, one with a camera in it, which becomes one of the main points in which we actually see the events unfold.
The main plot involves the guy and his wife and some friends going and hanging out in a cabin somewhere in the woods of Ontario. It actually took me around this far into the movie to realize the main character guy was not American and had a very, very thick accent which I only know (or think) now is Quebecois, because he has a French name and it's set in Canada, but for the life of me he sounds like Tommy Wiseau (of The Room) with a higher pitched voice. Even the guy playing his friend, Joe, has a way of speaking that is reminiscent of both Greg and Denny from "The Room"
The comparisons don't end there, as the writing and dialogue here makes "The Room" look subtle by comparison. Almost all of the dialogue sounds childish, as though written by someone with very little understanding of the English language on top of having very little understanding of writing believable characters as well.
The characters don't talk to each other so much as clumsily enunciate the script's intentions at each other, like when they hear an odd noise in the woods and one of them immediately says "It sounds like an animal" when it clearly was in no way animal-like. A lot of this kind of dialogue pervades the movie, trying to lead the audience around the conceit as if the audience were made up of children who would be so oblivious to the fact that there are ALIENS in a sci-fi ALIENS movie.
The absolute best bit of dialogue resulting from this child-like writing is when Matt figures out what the aliens are after, and says out loud to his wife "We'll give them the thing, but only if they give us our friends back. If they don't give us our friends, they get nothing!"
The acting and dialogue are utterly atrocious in the same way as "The Room", and it's a shame because the story and the visual effects in this film are shockingly good. A lot of ideas put into it are also compelling and intriguing. Even the alien, after being shown very sparsely all throughout, gets a long, luxurious close-up of its face and it looks amazing. And the surprise twist ending involving the Alien MacGuffin was so cute and unexpected that I bumped up my rating of this film by a star.
This was actually a good movie that got badly executed, dominated by one man with no clear understanding of how to write people communicating with each other.
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