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UFO (2018)

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A college student, who sees a UFO, uses his exceptional math skills to investigate the sighting with his friends while the FBI follows closely behind.


Ryan Eslinger


Ryan Eslinger
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Sharp ... Derek
Gillian Anderson ... Professor Hendricks
Ella Purnell ... Natalie
Benjamin Beatty Benjamin Beatty ... Lee (as Ben Beatty)
Cece Abbey ... Young Girl (as Cecelia Abbey)
David Strathairn ... Franklin Ahls
Ken Early Ken Early ... Dave Ellison
Brian Bowman ... Roland Junger
Rick Chambers Rick Chambers ... KCIN5 Newscaster
Lu Parker Lu Parker ... KCIN5 Newscaster
Khrys Styles Khrys Styles ... Special Agent in Charge
Ted J. Weil Ted J. Weil ... Airport Detainee (as Ted Weil)
A.J. Ransom A.J. Ransom ... Derek (age 8) (as Aiden Ransom)
Katie Eichler Katie Eichler ... Sara
Sara Welch Sara Welch ... KLTV6 Newscaster


Derek (Alex Sharp) a brilliant college student, haunted by a childhood UFO sighting, believes that mysterious sightings reported at multiple airports across the United States are UFO's. With the help of his girlfriend, Natalie (Ella Purnell), and his advanced mathematics professor, Dr. Hendricks (X-Files' Gillian Anderson), Derek races to unravel the mystery with FBI special agent Franklin Ahls (David Strathairn) on his heels. Written by ahmetkozan

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Sightings are never a coincidence. The cover-up ends here.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some drug material and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

UFO See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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The movie began shooting in Cincinnati, OH in November 2016 according to social media posts by some of its cast, including "X-Files" star Gillian Anderson. See more »


Derek is looking at a news report on his notebook computer when the government agent states that the UAP was 88 feet in diameter. Derek then says, "He's using my maths. "Maths" is a term used in the UK and Australia. An American student at the University of Cincinnati would say "math"; not "maths". The actor who plays Derek (Alex Sharp) is from the UK and accidentally used the British term instead of what was in the script. See more »

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Not bad, but it could have been so much more
4 September 2018 | by FabledGentlemanSee all my reviews

This movie ultimately looks and feels like a pretty good student film, it has a pretty interesting story at it's core, and is made on a low budget, it also has some fine acting in it, but at the end of the day, it delivers little i would call cinema worthy. Now i didn't see it in a cinema, but still, a movie is a movie.

This film kind of feels like an episode of a TV show, in it's editing and it's camera work. It's a movie that is made almost entirely on autopilot it seems, it delivers a formula you have seen hundreds of times before, it delivers very few surprises outside the plot itself which could go anywhere to be honest.

And that is what saves this film, that i didn't know exactly where the main story would take me, and this raised the suspense, so i was never bored watching this, at least not much. But Gillian Anderson and David Strathairn has way too little to work with here, it almost feels like they are in this to either cash in on some easy job, or to maybe support an up and coming director, because they are both fine actors, and in this film, you couldn't tell if you had never seen them before.

It's a decent end of the day film, it keeps your attention for the most part, but it wants to be something more, but there just isn't enough money involved to take it to the next level, so it tries to just stay on the ground, tries to keep things small, though ultimately the story itself is HUGE, so it sort of clashes a bit.

So a decent afternoon flick you can watch while having some food or just feeling bored. Not a bad movie, but nothing special either.

6/10 - Fair

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