Focus Features/Entertainment One
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Writer: Nacho Vigalondo
Stars: Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces and Julián Villagrán
What they say: A man wakes up in a beautiful woman’s bed just as an alien invasion begins. Now, he has to face a deserted city, a jealous ex-boyfriend, an eccentric neighbor and possibly the end of the world.
What I say: Director Nacho Vigalondo burst on the scene in 2007 with the sharply written and superbly directed sci-fi/horror mash-up Timecrimes. Based on that film I was very much looking forward to seeing what the man came up with next. Four years later Extraterrestrial dropped. How did Vigalondo’s sophomore effort stack up? Read on my friends…
Julio wakes up, hungover, in a strange apartment. He finds he is still with the woman he had a one night stand with the night before. While they were passed out an Alien invasion has occurred and the entire neighborhood has been evacuated except for Julio, Julia (the woman he was with, and her nosy neighbor Carlos. Being as a Alien ship is hovering nearby Julio decides to stay put. But complications arise; Julias boyfriend Angel shows up. SO the lies begin as the three work together to fortify the apartment. But Carlos has other ideas. You see he is also in love with Julia and tries to throw a wrench into the budding triangle.
In a panic, Julio tells Angel that Carlos is a disguised Alien and paranoia reigns from then on as lies get stacked on top of lies. This sounds pretty decent right? Well, it’s dull as can be. Do you like Woody Allen movies? You know when nothing really happens and they never have an ending? If not, this is not for you. One wonders why they even bothered with the whole Alien angle, it added nothing except the excuse for the lies that drove the plot. It tries to be either a drama or romantic comedy but fails at both.
The true shame is that the entire cast is excellent. All the performances are stellar and the actors all do a great job of selling their roles. It’s not their fault that the story lacked. Hopefully Vigalondo still has a great follow up in his because this isn’t it. We all ready have one Woody Allen and believe me one is more than enough.