Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Alien Abduction Review

Alien Abduction Review
You know? I hate sounding like a broken record. I hate beating a dead horse, I hate it, hate it, hate it. I like making this blog as special as possible and sometimes that is hard to do. I have a competition in me to see as many movies in a year as possible. That includes new releases, movies I haven't seen, and movies considered classics that I haven't got around to yet. Add a personal life, work and one of a dozen other hobbies I have, and that can be hard. Sometimes, I have to take what I can get. Sometimes when a movie sounds like it is going to be bad, it can be wise to trust your instincts. I approach every movie with an open-mind, no matter how worn or cliché a genre has become.
"Alien Abduction" is exactly what it sounds like, it is a movie about a family that is stalked and trapped by aliens. They record the whole movie through a video camera, this means that this movie is a found footage movie. Instead of being cool, edgy and slightly entertaining, "Alien Abduction" is one of the bad found footage movies. The film stars Jillian Clare, Peter Asle Holden, Riley Polanski, Corey Eid, and Katherine Sigismund as a family who gets abducted by aliens. I would give character names and roles, but none of these actors are playing characters, these are types they are playing. It is hard to distinguish a character when anybody in this world can scream and look concerned for not even an hour and half, so to call the people these actors are playing characters seems like an insult to the meaning of that word.
I'd describe the plot, but there is not much to discuss, because the film is shockingly straight-forward. The film runs through the laundry list of typical found-footage tropes and makes sure to highlight all of them. We see a family go into the woods for a family trip, the "red-headed stepchild" of the family is behind the camera, he is seeing freaky things but nobody believes him, there are tons of moments of silence, lots of character arguing, then a "big finish." Since the film's running time is so small, there is barely any time to flesh out the characters and make the audience care about them, they throw us into the adventure right away. This is usually a cool way to jump into a film, but we need establish a connection to the characters, this doesn't happen. Oh, and I also have to add another found-footage trope that "Alien Abduction" goes out of its way to use, the film is just flat-out not scary.
I will give the film a few minor points. In most found footage films being released today, the cinematography is so slick that it doesn't look like a video camera shooting the film. The camera used in this film looks old, it looks dated, and it looks authentic. Had this old look been used in a great movie, this would have been a tremendously effective horror movie. Instead, not much happens in this film, nothing besides a whole lot of boredom.

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