Alienators, The. A Close Encounter With Comedy With UFO Seriousness Far Far Away
Alienators, The. Film Details
Director: Christopher Farley
Writer: Christopher Farley
Release Date: 21 March 2017 (USA)
Release Format: Video On Demand
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Running Time: 1h 53min
Two amateur Ufologists investigate a woman’s claim that aliens are watching her. Two weeks later, she disappears under mysterious circumstances. During a missing persons investigation, confiscated footage leaks onto the internet, receiving over 2 million hits in just 3 hours before the authorities take it down. But many who saw the footage say it contained the most compelling and terrifying evidence of alien existence ever captured. This is that footage, compiled and released by The Civilian Department of Ufology, a privately owned UFO research and investigation organization.
UFOlogy is a serious study that encompasses the existence of extraterrestrial life. From visitation to Earth to evidence of life on neighboring space satellites. Researchers have dedicated time to build credibility in the field. This is crucial since the UFO’s and the study thereof are always under scrutiny from the mainstream. From ancient alien studies to theories on visitation UFOlogy has grown in popularity. Many entertainment mediums have strayed from typical alien invasion to deliver insight on the research. A recent rise in films and television programs have offered a new focus on the topic of alien visitation.
Many entertainment mediums have strayed from typical alien invasion to deliver insight on the research. A recent rise in films and television programs have offered a new focus on the topic of alien visitation and influence.
The Alienators is the latest film to present UFOlogy as part of the narrative. Director, Writer Christopher Farley strays from the seriousness of the topic. This is a stark contrast from similarly themed productions on the market today. Farley opts to use comedy to deliver the topic of extraterrestrial visitation.
The Alienators was originally titled The UFOlogost. A different synopsis was aslo provided. According to IMDb.com the film is described as follows:
A foul-mouthed, unemployed air guitar enthusiast moonlights as a UFOlogist. He stumbles across the most important case of alien visitation since Roswell – unfortunately.
Although the title and synopsis had a dramatic change the comedic element remained.
The Alienators presents a stock of impressive computer generated effects. The alien sightings and UFOs look authentic. The word “authentic” is subjective of course. The Greys, are a reference to the class of alien creatures documented in UFO accounts. From an artistic view, these visuals provide a good interpretation of purported encounters.
The found footage cinematic effect offers a sense of realism. Yet, this technique only intensifies the terrifying encounter with extraterrestrial entities and experience.
Actor Derek Reckley’s onscreen antics was outright annoying. There was no substance to this character and the way he operates. What’s his connection with audiences? Buffoonery? The acting felt strained and if trying too hard to come across and humorous.
Alycia Tracy’s role as Jessa Gwilliams is set up as the typical UFO loon. The character comes off as an unreliable eyewitness that can be discredited with ease. Tracy’s role could have had a better structure. Even for a comedy, a robust insight and background would aid in the character’s believability. Tracy’s seems to be more grounded in her acting in comparison to the comic relief surrounding her.
To compound, the problem is the set-up of the storyline. The opening sequence of Act I consists of a series of text superimposed on the screen. With this presentation, its assumed the film will trek into a topic of serious tonality. That is not the case as the film develops and that’s unfortunate.
The found footage aspect loses its mystic with the unnecessary comedic appeal. The film now becomes a view into a performance rather than a view into “actual” events.
Filmmaker Christopher Farley aimed for the stars with The Alienators. The film caters to a small demographic, those that perceive the film as humorous entertainment. The other slate of audiences will perceive the comedy as unwarranted and overdone. Even the actions committed in the story are a leap backward for the topic of UFOlogy. Opinion has a reservation with the latter. The Alienators focuses more on shameless comedy and one man’s lax outlook on life.
The extraterrestrial theme is built around this one obnoxious character. Its understood that The Alienators is a comedy with Sci-Fi elements. Yet, there needs to be a marriage of both genres, a well- blended presentation casting both themes in a good light. Ivan Reitman‘s paranormal comedy and Paul Feig‘s buffoonery reboot of the concept best sums this explanation.
The Alienators had potentail but falls short on pairing UFOlogy and comedy.
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