Alien Outpost (2014) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jabbar Raisani
Starring: Brandon Auret, Adrian Paul, Reiley McClendon
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from IFC Midnight/Scream Factory
2021: An invading race of aliens known as the Heavies are narrowly defeated in the First Earth War. But thousands of them were left behind as a new war on terror rages. In the aftermath, a series of remote operating bases are created to defend the planet. Three Seven is the deadliest, positioned in the most hostile place on Earth. A documentary film crew is sent to record daily life in Outpost 37, where the men, led by hardened commander Captain Spears (Rick Ravanello, Dark Haul), are under constant enemy fire. When a member of the crew disappears during a Heavy ambush, the unit launches a raid deep into enemy territory to rescue him… and make a terrifying discovery.
I think I kind of dug the layout of Alien Outpost. Here, we had a movie that was done in a way that was kinda different for a movie. Maybe not as much overall, as TV shows do use this documentary style a lot these days, but it at least felt a little different in a science fiction movie fashion. As for the movie its self, well that is a bit of a hit and miss situation. I think the movie looks cool, but comes across as a bit of lower level Battle of Los Angeles. Now, that could be seen as a good thing to some, but I didn’t feel like an original idea at all, even of the style of it is different. I also think it takes way too long to actually get to the alien portion of the movie. I’m not sure even when it comes to that, that it was my kind of alien movie, but it was what it was. Just don’t go into this one expecting to see the second coming of Alien and you might be more accepting to the types of aliens this movie packs. There is some action, which is good, but I think it needed something else to really get it over the hill, which is sort of fails to do overall.
I think the best part of Alien Outpost is the look of the film. It gives you a really good-looking setting that sparks in HD and that is at least one part of the movie you won’t at all be let down with. There may be some CGI issues for some here and there, but as far as CGI goes, and we do know how bad it can be in movies, but it isn’t that bad here, just spotty a bit. They probably overall did a good job of making it look like a movie that had a higher movie than it actually has, but then again, the story doesn’t come at us enough and the characters in this one aren’t interesting enough for me. Still, it isn’t an awful movie, it just wasn’t my type of movie and that is really all I can base stuff on when reviewing them. It might be more of your thing, but this isn’t the kind of movie that really makes me excited, even if I do appreciate the layout of it in a style sense.
– Audio Commentary By Director/Co-Writer Jabbar Raisani And Director Of Photography/Co-Writer Blake Clifton
– Interviews With Cast And Crew
– Deleted Scenes
– Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 96%