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Alien Abduction (2014) – Movie Review

Alien Abduction (2014) - Movie Review

I’m kinda confused as to why this isn’t up on the site – I can remember reviewing it, and I know I’ve watched it on more than one occasion…so where’s the fucking review gone?

Maybe to another dimension, or I dreamed about writing a review…or something…

Anyway, it’s a popular enough title and it needs to be up here somewhere, so…

The Plot

A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.

Better Second Time Around

To me, this ended up being one of those Found Footage titles that was a lot better the second time I watched it – I got the same feeling off Grave Encounters 2 for some reason.

I think a lot of it is down to expectancy – I was fully aware that this movie was going to be released, and I was also fully aware that it had a bit of money put into it. Then you finally get to watch the finished article and you think – “Right…that was good…but…”

Anyway – it didn’t exactly move mountains for me on first viewing…but after watching it again about a year later, my enjoyment levels rose and I noticed things in it I maybe overlooked the first time around.

Simply put – this is a good Found Footage film, not great – but good!

Conclusion

Well the last sentence in the paragraph above kinda gives this conclusion away – but who gives a shit anyway!

I kinda like the fictional Morris family in this plot, and I like the way that the camera is always in the hands of an eleven-year-old boy with autism (this is why he always needs to see the world through a video camera lens – kinda clever!). The line up of actors throughout the whole movie was one of it’s strongest points – they were very professional.

The CGI and general cinematography really were top notch, from the alien ‘beings’ to the light shows that the UFO’s were giving off – at times it’s quite a spectacular Found Footage experience.

So why is this film just ‘good’ instead of ‘great’?

Well, in my book, the movie never fully capitalises on the uniqueness of its premise – it kinda gets a bit lost at certain points after the half an hour mark. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens often enough for the watcher to notice.

I just kind of felt that the plot got a little thin in certain parts, and there was really no need for characters to be doing the actions they were.

Maybe that’s just me – I don’t know (I’m sure you’ll all let me know in the comment section below!).

As I mentioned above – this was one of those titles that slightly improved the second time I watched it, probably because I was more prepared for what was coming my way. What you can’t get away from is the fact that this is an ambitious Found Footage movie that looks great on-screen – and you don’t get too many of them these days!

Definitely worth a watch!

Chris

4 Comments

  1. I remember reading the review for this here
    You are not going crazy
    ITS A CONSPIRACY

    • I fucking knew it!!! So where the hell has it gone?
      Some competitor has bloody pinched it or something….(YEP – CONSPIRACY!)

  2. Like you said its good but not great but that tunnel scene was memorable though. It is one of the better, if not the best, ff movie on alien abduction out there (better than zone of silence – which I thought was heavily overrated btw). Still looking for that GREAT alien ff movie to come our way some day, one can only hope.

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