Alien Outpost.

Alien Outpost.

Found footage this film is not, a sigh of relief was breathed when aliens turned up on camera as the Blair Witch Project has left a terrible template which was stamped most expensively upon the un-pleasantry that was Cloverfield. Within this cinematic universe, a pseudo-historical perspective grounds the movie, similar to Edge of Tomorrow (EoT) but through a team of war reporters eyes as opposed to an intangible watcher in EoT. The pivot of pseudo-history in EoT however, are rather more critical to the progress of history than those ‘documented’ in Alien Outpost. Some writer or similar, put real thought into what a war-reporter documenting a failed alien invasion would get earn a Pullitzer Prize for, held back the delusions of grandeur which co-permeate EoT with the ever-present inferiority complex, and crafted an enjoyable 90 minutes.

Characters within the film are somewhat tacky as the director is intent on delivering an imaginary, army camaraderie to citizens to cowardly to enlist, but did  well enough to make me chuckle. Although the film seeks to deliver a package similar to Apocalypse Now or perhaps Jarhead, the tension does not escalate as it does in the former, nor does it deliver the hunger for combat found in the latter. Violence & madness are intricately linked, as in Apocalypse Now so to here, is the ultimate objective enabled by a soldier who mentally embraces the ‘alien’ perspective. Not that all the combat comes from the aliens, but the authenticity of the local militia is null as well as the grenade throwing strategy of those stationed at Outpost  37. What moronic local villain raids a heavily fortified military outpost the day after it is reinforced?

It is tempting to chase a consistent metaphor throughout the film, one about the War on Terror. A disgusting waste of money, which does not deliver any value system (other than an angry Zeus-type fear), and is still less horrific than most historic wars. So one asks oneself, when the USDF (United Space Defence Force, haha ah ha ha ahhh) soldiers are made to kill themself, by the same method by which a goat-herder’s child becomes explosive, is it not delivering  a powerful sermon about the War on Terror? That we are all human, our minds unreachable directly can house ideas of violent madness? That the biggest victim of suicide bombers is their parents? No, no it isn’t, it is quite clear, once someone has a bad idea there can be no forgiveness. Local militia make up a lot of fodder through out the film, but captured USDF (ha ha, ahh #sigh) soldiers become traitors and are exterminated like rats on board the Hindenburg. If it is a sermon, it is an old-time sermon full of rage and a void of tolerance. No tolerance for torture in the film, captured aliens (despite having plot-furthering potential) are killed swiftly.For the finale, the resupplying of alien weaponry reduces the idiocy of EoT where a single man on a single day saves the entire planet. It is instead a critical moment in a long struggle, which carries on after the credits.

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