Five UFO Movies You Missed In 2012
By Robbie Graham
The last decade has seen the theatrical release of dozens of big-budget UFO movies. Themost high-profile alien-visitation-themed titles of last year included the lunkheaded
(which sank at the box-office),
Men in Black 3
(inoffensive but forgettable),
(offensive and forgettable), and the UFOlogically-flavoured space operas
both deeply flawed but admirably brimming with big ideas.In addition to these glossy Hollywood products, a number of non-American UFO movieswere released theatrically, albeit in a smattering of independent cinemas across only ahandful of territories.Here are the five UFO movies you missed in 2012...
UK. Dir: Dominic Burns. 97 mins.
After a powerful earthquake causes a global power-cut, alien spacecraft position themselves over citiesworldwide, their agenda unknown. As panic grips the
world, humanity’s basest survivalist instincts kick in
.Within hours, widespread looting and generalcriminality are rampant as every-man-for-himself prepares for what he rightly suspects is coming next
invasion.The plot unfolds through the eyes of a group of friends in England (Nottingham, to be precise), who, like everyone else, are trying desperately to stay one step ahead of their alienaggressors. Along the way, suppressed animosities within the group bubble to the surface andwe find that not everyone is who they pretend to be.
The film’s young writer/director Dominic
Burns confirmed to me via email that he has astrong interest in the UFO phenomenon, and his movie reflects this in its fine details andnarrative exposition
no more so than in a scene featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme as a bad-ass black-ops soldier with the inside scoop on our alien visitors. His character makescasual reference to Area 51 and confirms a pre-existing knowledge in the intelligencecommunity of ET visitation, justifying its cover-up on the grounds that
t would have caused
panic and spread fears.”
He also warns
that “the aliens
can take human form.