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After decades of conspiracy theories and shrouding secrecy, the CIA finally acknowledged the existence of Area 51. But that was all. The actions on the enigmatic military base continue to be unknown to this day. Now, a motley crew of military service members, government workers, and lowly technicians find themselves thrust into the center of the infamous site's darkest mysteries. Soon, they will know exactly what's happening there-for better or worse. While patrolling the territory's tunnel system, Master Sergeant Ryan Pierce leads his Special Forces unit head on into a bloody confrontation with something as horrific as it is indescribable. At the same time, another group awakens in a haze, miles underground. If it isn't the utter confusion that alerts them something's wrong, then it will certainly be the wave of hallucinations and illness that hits like an avalanche. The explanation is far worse than they could ever imagine.Written by
I get it, and it had a good direction. I want to say it was shooting for the tension from Alien (1979), and some elements of the early SAW franchise. It had the potential to be a hidden gem...but it falls flat very quickly.
Introduced to characters that all wake up with little memory of what transpired prior, its a common trope that should have worked, and been easy to springboard from. The problem comes when they start talking to each other. You have the stereotypical old former soldier, whose personality goes from being a leader, and sympathetic nice guy with an even head, to a anti-commie old schooler with a hot temperament. Him being the "group leader" doesn't fit, they have an active duty lieutenant right there, it would make more sense to have a younger, more able bodied officer as the leader of the group. They could have even run with him being an internal threat who lies to get his way for the benefit of...whomever. Opportunity lost.
Then you have the supposed ruskie with a bad accent, who appears to be pretty handy, but, his personality is all over the place as well. Naturally, these two physically go at it a couple (almost hilarious) times. The ruskie sometimes appears to be the logical one, but that goes by the wayside, too. His phoned in backstory doesn't help things.
One of the security personnel from the prologue joins the fray at one point. They could have used him much better, but he just comes off as a douche bag who clearly doesn't belong in a quick reaction security force. Very forgettable.
The only believable character is the LT. The screen time she does have, being prior AF myself, she would get a pass. She is commanding when she needs to be, and seems to be pretty intelligent.
Our main character is about as believable as the story. For what occupation she claims, she certainly isn't dressed, or qualified for the part. Seems like she is supposed to be the hero combined with eye candy. She is pretty, and does an OK job with what she is given, but even her story falls flat.
The film could have been better, it could have pushed the overall tension a little more, and taken a less is more approach visually. I do like that it doesn't contextualize too much verbally, a lot being left to the viewer to figure out, which the less is more approach here does work. I also credit the very few cheap jump scares. Given the budget, and seeing what kind of horror budgets do make in revenue in theaters, Had this been more carefully filmed, planned, and written, this could have been much better than it is.
Oh, and you'll see the ending twist a mile away. But, it also gives you a smaller twist that gets hinted at in small lines seemingly from left-field.
Overally, the plot and characters are everywhere, nothing really makes a lot of sense...but it had potential.
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