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Alien Raiders: Raw Feed Series [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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There are aliens among us, living inside human hosts. And, in a nod to another John Carpenter movie, only some people can see them. So we get the "who is/isn't an alien?" scenario played out to initially interesting effect. But the whole alien thing is basically a mcguffin to get the plot rolling rather than a theme the filmmakers are interested in exploring or in having some fun of their own with. The action scenes are quite muddled, with lots of fast cutting and jerky camera moves; there's lots of blood splashing around but that same camera trickery is deployed to minimise what we see of some slightly less-than-special prosthetic and creature effects.
Yes, it's a low budget movie. But that shouldn't have mitigated against the script being better developed and the characters being more memorably sketched in. The story might have been better and more tautly told as an hour-long episode of something like "The Outer Limits". As it is, this one's a painless watch, but you'll probably feel cheated if you pay anything like full price for it.
I must say that the thing that makes this movie is the acting rather than the script, the script is functional,but fills you in on the background in brief flashbacks, thus , this is not an epic ,but rather an endgame tactical battle.Very gory though
With generally competent performances, it's low-budget thrills all the way. With few special effects, the actors performances are key to the fun - Carlos Bernard does his thing no problem but the best performance has to be Rockmond Dunbar as the domineering Kane. He hits exactly the right tone trying to keep the fractious hostages in line while things start falling apart. The younger actors are at least reasonable, if occasionally chosen to be easy on the eye rather than talented.
The biggest problem is that it's all pretty predictable. If you've ever seen a sci-fi film before (or have an IQ higher than a squirrel) you'll spot the King at about 10 minutes and spend the rest of the movie screaming at the goodies to stop being such a squad of dunces. There's no real effort made to add any uncertainty or a twist to the ending either but that's part of the fun - it makes you feel superior 'cos you totally spotted it all and you get to bask in smug satisfaction at your acumen and erudition as the credits roll. But you'll probably enjoy getting there.
It’s one of those films like ‘Snakes on a Plane’ where you basically know what you’re getting from the title. It’s about a group of aliens (who look human to save on special effects) who are tracking down a bad alien and take a group of humans hostage in a supermarket while they try and figure out who’s infected.
It starts off slow, but picks up pace about half way through. And then it becomes a reasonable little B-movie. So, for anyone with a taste for sci-fi who isn’t expecting ‘Avatar-like’ special effects, you may just get an hour and twenty minutes (cheap) amusement out of this.
First off, a closed environment (a small supermarket), next a small cast (about 8 once the extras have been got rid of), a good idea to get the best out of both (one or more of the cast has been taken over by an alien), strong characters, pile on the suspense and break the tension with gory incidents but go easy on the special effects and make the audience wonder if the good guys will not only survive but win and I really did wonder -I won't spoil it for you but I will say that not everyone survives. And, yes you will spot the really bad guy early on but the fun is in watching the bad guy's behaviour for giveaways.
And that's what they did with this neat little and effective sf/horror/thriller which I really rate at three and a half stars. It held me and entertained me for its entire length. The extras are worth watching: 2 behind the scenes pieces, and 3 character video diaries which enhance your appreciation of the movie's scenario.
All in all, a worthwhile time-passer.
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Why not enjoyed every minute! classic b movie with a nice twist, not for the fait hearted.
Go on take a chance you wont be disappointed.
... but the cast, direction and writing are totally cool. Worth a crack! Spent a happy evening exploring the low budget films on Amazon Prime and this was by far the best.Published on 22 April 2014 by annoyingmouse
Despite a few minor missteps here and there, though not many, Raw Feed still continues to be one of the best producers of thrilling and intelligent genre fare being released, Alien... Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2010 by Brian Harris
I enjoyed this film I thought it was really good fun. It is pretty much recycling bits and pieces from other films and you must be pretty unfamiliar with these kinds of films if... Read morePublished on 13 May 2009 by Mr. P. Abbott