Summary: Aliens are on earth and have been here for 20 years, only because they can’t leave. Their ship is non-functional, left hovering over Johannesburg, South Africa and they’ve been kept in a government camp ever since. Most humans don’t like that they’re still here, while others try to take advantage of them and their technology.
Thoughts: That Summary was hard. I usually try not to give more plot away than the average trailer for the movie in the entire review, but the trailers were scenes specially filmed for the trailers or random scenes from the movie that give you no sense of the plot, which is great. I went in only with the knowledge I shared in the Summary and was able to watch this movie having no idea what was going to happen, which put me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
The movie is framed with a mock-documentary, including interviews, shots from security cameras, and camera crews following some of the characters around. Slowly it drops the documentary-style while the real plot starts (showing “what really happened”).
The plot is fast paced, with plenty of action, suspense, and some drama. The acting is very well done, and the fact that the cast is full of unknowns helps keep you in the movie. The aliens look real, which is impressive since they are almost 100% computer generated. They are designed with enough humanity that you feel for them even if you can’t understand what they’re saying (they are subtitled). The backstory is told well enough in the documentary part that everyone has an idea of what’s going on, but there’s still plenty of questions to be answered. Questions I’d love to see answered in a book or graphic novel, or even another movie. It’s not that this movie begs for a sequel or ends in a cliffhanger, its interesting enough on its own. However the movie makes you want to know more and see more and find out what else happens. And that’s the sign of a well-written movie.
I can’t wait to see what else is done with it.
Overall: Well written idea, well executed in a unique way.