If you're wondering who actually watches and enjoys all of these "found footage" films - well, that would be me. I freaking love "found footage" movies, even the bad ones - especially the bad ones from The Asylum. With so much to make fun of, how can you not enjoy yourself? Alien Origin is an especially bad treat. Almost nothing actually happens, and when something does happen, you aren't permitted to actually see any of it. Don't expect to see any aliens here, as the camera conveniently messes up whenever a possible alien pops up. As an added bonus, though, the filmmakers throw in some found footage inside the found footage that is the movie. I'm talking found footage squared here, people. In all honesty, I can understand why some people are actually calling this the worst film from The Asylum in years. Of course, as far as I'm concerned, that is exactly what makes Alien Origin such a hoot to watch.
The footage making up this film comes from a squad of Belize special forces sent out into the jungle to perform the dangerous job of nailing some cameras up along some river that has possibly been the site of some activity (probably drugs, but who knows?). Along for the thrilling ride (or should I say hike) are "adventure journalist" Julia Evans (Chelsea Vincent) and her film crew. You have to love these Belize special forces. They go into these jungles with fingers on the triggers, constantly sweeping the area like they're expecting Predator to jump out on them at any minute. And those hand motions. These guys throw out more signs than a gang member on crack. Having no military background, I don't know if any of the hand motions they use are actually legitimate, but I strongly suspect that they're just making them up as they go along. Moving forward, the mission gets changed to a search mission for two archaeologists who have gone missing from a dig site. That's when the fun really begins, because these missing scientists have found something that was better left unfound. What is it? Only the movie description will tell you.
The vast majority of this film consists of these guys making their way through the jungle. Eventually, they encounter something dangerous (probably an alien) that growls and flings bottle rockets at them, and they try to escape back through the same jungle. By and large, that's pretty much the whole movie. Obviously, this is only going to appeal to bad movie junkies like myself - and quite frankly, I had a pretty good time watching this. Where else are you going to see an archaeologist make the discovery of a lifetime and simply pick it up and throw it in a canvas bag? Who else is going to make a movie about aliens and then refuse to show you any aliens? Where else are you going to hear a native of Belize refer to someone as a "wanker?" Where else could you find a seasoned special forces soldier jerk and fall down dead from the effects of a bottle rocket that didn't land anywhere near him? And what other film company is going to have a character continually call out the name of someone who isn't even in the film - and never explain or apparently even notice the mistake? This is why I love The Asylum - they've taken the art of bad movie making to a level never before imagined. Don't misinterpret my rating - clearly, this is a one-star movie for the vast majority of the population, but for us wackos who can't get enough of the worst films ever made, Alien Origin is heaps of fun.