Review: OUTPOST 37 aka ALIEN OUTPOST (2015)
Alright, let´s make a short review about this one. Short because I don´t feel like it´s appropriate to write more about OUTPOST 37 aka ALIEN OUTPOST than I actually have to. Not because I´m lazy, but because it´s a waste of time to take this flick seriously. Let´s start with the good things. The poster is great and reminded me about BATTLE LOS ANGELES and the first couple reviews were totally promising so I gave this a try. But yeah, BAD BAD BAD Idea. The plot is a mix between a documentary about the Iraq war and BATTLE LA. And the basic idea to make a Sci-fi movie in the style of a war documentary isn´t really bad. Like, during the first 10 minutes I really enjoyed it and I was really looking forward to see the rest. But yeah, the whole “looking forward thing”only lasted for a couple more minutes, because the rest of the movie was poorly directed trash.
There are a couple of halfway decent scenes, but everything get´s constantly interrupted by those Interview-style segments, which takes out all the continuity. Again, it´s not a bad idea to include interview segments in a sci-fi film… But there has to be enough plot for the movie to compensate it instead of half the movie being an interview. And that´s exactly how the movie felt like.
The acting is ok. Really, some scenes were good enough to call it a movie, and though the only known face was Adrian Paul, the acting wasn’t the big problem. Not that it´s good, but it wasn´t what really killed this. It was the lack of a halfway decent story that laid this whole project to rest. Now, the plot is about aliens invading the earth sometime soon in the future. Like, in 2036 whatever a.d. And in a desperate attempt not to get killed, humanity is launching a counter attack and tries to blow those aliens to pieces. And though this movie is marketed to be some kind of sci-fi movie, you hardly see any Aliens at all.
But what you see are Afghans or Iraqis, that are constantly attacking our protagonists and I had some serious issues to understand why the heck those Afghans would actually join the aliens and help them to kill off the humans, because you know, they are actually human too and it should be in their best interest to survive. It was almost as if the guys who made the movie were undecided if they want to make a movie about Aliens or Afghans, so they just put both of em in.
It almost had a comical touch when the enemies started their attack and I wasn´t really sure if I was watching AMERICAN SNIPER or a sci-fi flick.
But the good thing is: When the movie was almost over, the Aliens finally came. Well, at least somehow, because they looked like they had just escaped from a DOOM video game. And I don´t mean the latest DOOM remake on a highly advanced gaming console, but the very first one on the AMIGA. Some of those Alien scenes were actually alright and if there´s one thing I can give them credit for, it´s basically their direction of the shootouts and a handful of “ok” CGI. Some explosions and effects were pretty decent and if that´s all you expect of a movie, you might even enjoy this. But apart from this, it was pretty boring. At some point towards the end, I decided I´d rather get up and clean my toilet; which is a very rare desire for me to have while watching a movie. But you know what, it certainly was the right thing to do because it SO couldn´t have been any worse than watching the rest of this movie.
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