Action Movie Fanatix Review: Alien Origin

Action Movie Fanatix review banner for Alien OriginThe Footage Is Real.
The Proof Is Irrefutable.

Starring: Chelsea Vincent, Peter Pedrero, Philip Croc

Director: Mark Atkins

2012 | 88 Minutes | Not Rated

“The ocean’s a hundred miles away. No clue how the boat got here.” – Peter Santos

I’m digging the depths of the found footage bargain bin I found Alien Origin. I was in the mood for some sci-fi alien crap and crap is exactly what I got.

In October 2011 a Special Forces unit was sent on a mission in the jungles of Belize accompanied by adventure journalist Julia Evans and her film crew. The entire party disappeared without a trace but their footage was found.

Despite the above message being displayed at the beginning of the movie, bodies are strewn all over and the end of the movie proclaims two specific people as having gone missing. So, two people went missing, not the entire party? Pretty poor oversight there…

The idea behind Alien Origin is that extra terrestrials came to Earth thousands of years ago and jump started the human species. This idea wasn’t able to be portrayed through the normal movie, other than a plastic looking alien skull being found in a cave, so there is a weird after credits scene where one secondary character explains the whole idea to a tertiary character. This could have been done throughout the movie, dropping clues before finally getting that big reveal rather than just an afterthought but something tells me the entire story was something of an afterthought.

The supposed adventure journalist just never really looks the part. It seems that the filmmakers were going for the Ellie Sattler from Jurassic Park look. She seems too baby-faced… too ditzy… too flirtatious to be a tough badass of an “adventure” journalist.

The soldiers don’t give off the vibe that they know what they are doing. “You go that direction.” doesn’t sound like military order giving protocol.

All of the fights that take place are the special forces dudes firing their machine guns at something off camera. The professional camera operator trains his camera on the soldiers, not the thing that the human race has never seen before.

And then there’s the REALLY stupid stuff… like the team not using mosquito nets when hammocked in a tree in the middle of a Belizean jungle. I’m far from a Belizean wildlife expert but I’d bet there are some pretty nasty flying insects in Belize’s jungles.

On top of all that, the movie is pretty much presented in the most boring way possible. Who knew an alien invasion could be so dull?

The limited special effects are pretty bad. The aliens and their ships – or whatever these things are that they are piloting and abducting people with – are only flashed on screen for split, shaky seconds. The flash of an image is so quick that you can’t even make out what you are looking at. Add to that the explosions, which are essentially just a cheap fireworks show from a distance.

What you end up with is one of the most incompetently filmed, worst offenders of shaky cam in found footage history. For a guy who has seen a literal crap ton of bad movies, Alien Origin ranks as one of the worst. I’m talking bottom three territory.

2 thoughts on “Action Movie Fanatix Review: Alien Origin

  1. I love how you said this (quote below). To me, it sums up just about every female role in Action Movies and I’m so tired of it. I don’t get why they don’t use physically strong women more often. “Vasquez” was so popular! “The supposed adventure journalist just never really looks the part. It seems that the filmmakers were going for the Ellie Sattler from Jurassic Park look. She seems too baby-faced… too ditzy… too flirtatious to be a tough badass of an ‘adventure’ journalist.” I love me some alien sci-fi crap too. When they get the military stuff wrong it tanks the whole thing for me. Part of why I love Predator is the dialogue “We move. 5-meter spread. No sound.” Thanks for another enjoyable read.

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