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Oh brother. Do you want to see aliens or do you want to see monsters that won’t die? If clawed, multiple armed creatures, with long teeth, a big mouth, with clicking noises and screams appeal to you as aliens, then tune in. This intelligent life doesn’t appear or sound smart enough to build a spaceship or possess the dexterity to build technology and travel the universe with claws. They look more like some prehistoric leftovers.
Oh, it’s a rousing, noisy, action-filled run for your life or be eaten experience some audiences will love. For me, I found it rather unbelievable on so many levels, disappointing, with plot holes enough to take you through the wormhole of time that apparently we are smart enough in the future to build but still have outdated weapons.
Chris Pratt is great at running from dinosaurs, so this movie is right up his alley. Coming to you straight on television during a soccer game, is an army from the future, landing in the middle of the stadium. They have come to recruit people from the past to fight a losing war in the future. Quickly, without too much explanation, nations from around the world fly into the future with their armies to help out. Most are killed. Out of able-bodied soldiers, a draft is formed to recruit the common man on the street. Young person. Middle-aged. Elderly. Let us give you the gun, swoop you forward into the chaos for a week, so you can fight to save your children and grandchildren.
Upon arrival, it’s a grim place with ugly monsters crawling about everywhere. Of course, there’s a glitch during the trip and some arrivals don’t have a soft landing. As the untrained common army is led by Chris Pratt, who has a military background, they receive their first order to make their way to a research center and save the crew and toxin being developed to kill the ugly aliens.
The remainder of the movie is filled with family drama, running from man-eating aliens, and succumbing to a rather ridiculous end. Frankly, I hate these stupid Hollywood movies that fill their audiences with the expectation we’re going to be eaten alive by the tentacles and toothy mouths of dumb-looking aliens. Let’s instill fear, so when they really get here if they have something of value to teach us, we won’t want to listen. Even now, the government is pouring down our throat all these unidentified objects in the air is a matter of “national security.”
Okay, here’s a plot. Intelligent beings arrive on earth, not that vastly ridiculous looking, that are here to bring peace on earth and help is evolve into a world much like their own where they have solved the dilemma of climate change, hunger, poverty, wars, and disease. They share with us their technology, but we greedy humans just want their technology to keep killing our fellow humans so one power-hungry country can obtain world domination. In the end, the aliens end us killing us because we can’t learn to live in peace with one another. Time to fly on to another planet in seek of intelligent life. Nothing here on earth or in Hollywood.
Sorry, not impressed. Perhaps the aliens watching our interpretation of aliens are enjoying a bowl of popcorn over this one and shaking their heads at our stupidity. On behalf of earth, I apologize. Scotty, beam me up.
Now streaming on Acorn TV is The Victim, a BBC series from 2019. They call it a “thriller,” but I don’t think it really meets that definition. It’s more of a mystery of who done it.
Victim is the story of Anna Dean, a mother who so bereaved over her son that was murdered, that she will go to any lengths to find justice where she believed justice was not served.
The individual who murdered her son, Eddie J. Turner, confessed, was sentenced to seven years, and given protection with a new name and location. Why and how this travesty of justice came about is unclear and briefly mentioned. Of course, Anna feels that the man got off far too easily.
With an inside tip, she believes she has received information after his release where he is living. In the aftermath of posting his picture and address, someone shows up on Halloween night dressed in death’s costume to give him a beating that brings him to death’s door.
It doesn’t take long before the police zero in on Anna that she was responsible for arranging what happened, and Anna ends up in court. In the meantime, the man who was beaten, Craig Meyers, is a 28-year-old bus driver, married, and with a child, who is the victim in this case.
The story pops back and forth from the past to the present, attempting to solve the mystery of the death of Anna’s child. She is so filled with hatred toward the man who did it, it clouds her judgment on many levels, and it trickles down affecting her new husband and daughter.
With a twist ending, you sort of wonder will twist anyway, it’s not a bad show. I wouldn’t rave about it, but three kernels will do for passing the hours on this one. Of course, it contains the troubled cop scenario, marriages that broke due to trauma, and the usual tropes you would find in stories like these.
All I can say, if I ever get arrested, I’m going to say, “no comment.”
What a tangled web of deceit. The Intruder, currently streaming on Acorn, a British series (not intending a second), is an interesting look into human stupidity of what not to do when you screw it up.
Meet Sam and Rebecca Hickey, living the dream in their gorgeous home on the rocky coast of England. As you will soon learn, the story starts out with a bang. Dinner with friends. Two teens in the dark, waiting for the lights to go out and the occupants to go to bed before they “intrude” into the couple’s home to steal what they can.
However, not all teenage heists go as planned. The two gain entrance, but Sam Hickey is still up working. After one breaks in through a window and lets the other inside, they start grabbing laptops and other carry as you go goodies to steal. Sam hears a noise, investigates, and finds one youth and starts chasing him through the house. Unbeknownst to him, the other has a few of his goods and slips out the door he came into, while Sam is on the rampage to stop the other.
As the intruder starts to crawl through the window he gained entrance with, Sam arrives with knife in hand and stabs the kid in the back. When the teen dies, Sam freaks out and wants to re-stage the scene to make it look like the teen attacked him and not the other way around. As a result, he drags his wife and Amanda (their other crazy guest) into his deceitful plot, only to find out eventually it unravels to the detriment of them all.
Rebecca Hickey, played by the talented Elaine Cassidy, is a survivor. As Sam’s wife, and who you think is the rational one among the three ready to do the right thing, brings a surprising twist to the story. I won’t spoil the outcome, enough to say that morphing into a cold-blooded killer, when her husband in a state of panic stabs another, is enough to turn your blood cold.
Does she get away with murder to preserve herself and survive at any cost? Well, you will have to watch the craziness yourself. Don’t expect any justice in this story.