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Encounter (2018)

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A group of friends uncover an otherworldly object in a rural field, which they soon discover holds greater secrets than they could imagine.


Paul Salamoff


Paul Salamoff
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Credited cast:
Luke Hemsworth ... Will Dawkins
Anna Hutchison ... Jessica Dawkins
Tom Atkins ... Professor Westlake
Cheryl Texiera ... Teresa Fleming
Wendy Davis ... Agent Tevis
Christopher Showerman ... Johnny Brandt
Sarah Booth ... Rachel
Glenn Keogh ... Brent Fleming
Vincent M. Ward ... Marcus Doyle
Peter Holden ... Agent Banks
Callie Eckley ... Shannon Dawkins (as Callie Marie Eckley)
Kenny Barr Kenny Barr ... Agent Strugatsky
John J. Shim John J. Shim ... Uber Driver
Ivy Smith ... Restaurant Waitress
Catherine Jerald ... Professor Westlake's Mother


A group of friends uncover an otherworldly object in a rural field, which they soon discover holds greater secrets than they could imagine.

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Slow paced and rather uneventful...
16 January 2021 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Right, well given this 2018 sci-fi drama's low rating on IMDb, I must admit that I was somewhat hesitant about sitting down to watch it. Especially so since I am not a big sci-fi fan. But still, it was a movie that I hadn't already seen before, and I had the chance, so of course I gave it a chance.

I must say, first and foremost, that "Encounter", from writer and director Paul Salamoff wasn't exactly a super thrilling or exciting movie. The movie was actually unfathomably slow paced, to the point where it was starting to become a boring movie to sit through.

The storyline told in "Encounter" was straight forward, but it was just way too uneventful. It felt like I was sitting down at a prolonged dinner party with people I didn't really want to hang out with. And that made the movie feel particularly slow paced and long to sit through. I think that the storyline might have been way more interesting on paper, but it lost its appeal in the transition to the screen.

"Encounter" has a nice cast ensemble, but the actors and actresses were just restricted in giving stellar performances by a sluggish storyline and uneventful directing. It was actually supporting actor Tom Atkins whom brought me the most enjoyment of all the people on the cast list, given his performance and on-screen charisma.

Visually then "Encounter" was adequate. By that, I mean that the special effects - which were practical ones - were adequate and served their purpose well enough. These are not, however, spectacular effects that will blow you away in any way. The feel very much like something you'd see if the movie was made in the mid-1980s.

I was initially going to give the movie a three out of ten stars, but I liked the ending, and it lifted up the movie a bit, but still it wasn't enough to make the ordeal a properly entertaining movie. As such, my rating of Paul Salamoff's "Encounter" settles on a less than mediocre four out of ten stars.

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1 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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Augusta, Georgia, USA

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