Alien: Reign of Man (Science Fiction Film Review)

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Alien: Reign of Man Synopsis: Stranded on a distant planet, a team must fight aliens and activate a machine meant to restore Earth to a time before its downfall.

Release Date: August 1st, 2017 | Runtime: 1 hr 24 min | Coolthulhus Earned: 3

Starring: KhuTorrei HartDeanna Grace Congo

 

 

 

 

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Alien: Reign of Man

Alien: Reign of Man was a suspenseful science fiction movie that would have benefited greatly from a bigger budget and a few different casting choices.

The cinematography of Alien: Reign of Man was solid. Khu, who plays the heroine, served as one of the producers and was responsible for the cinematography. Her performance was mostly solid.  Deanna Grace Congo has a very familiar face. I was surprised to see she had nothing listed on her resume that I had seen. Samantha R. Garcia, though having few lines and little screen time, had the most convincing performance. Torrei Hart’s performance felt completely flat, with her dialogue delivered in a nearly emotionless tone that felt like she was reading straight from the script. Justin Price, who wrote and directed Alien: Reign of Man, also plays a small role in it.

The costumes for the women were a poor choice. Most of the outfit wasn’t too bad, but there were cutouts in the thick protective armor for the women’s uniform-covered bouncy bits to poke through. It was a weird costuming decision because it wasn’t even aesthetically pleasing. You have these big, bulky pieces of chest armor with the chest cut-out, allowing any enemy a squishy target to aim straight for. Besides the costuming, the only other real complaint i have is the audio. The audio was uneven. I frequently had to turn the volume all the way up to clearly hear what the characters were saying, and then quickly turn it down when the score started in because it was suddenly ear-splitting loud.

I liked the alien’s appearance in Alien: Reign of Man. It wasn’t exactly believable CGI all the time, but whoever designed the alien did a great job. It was very interesting, actually strangely beautiful in some shots, and I kind of wish we had seen more of it.

Overall, while Alien: Reign of Man definitely had it’s problems, they were mostly surface issues that would have been solved with a bit more money. The plot of Alien: Reign of Man was interesting, the pacing was good, and it was well directed. For a movie with a handful of actors and just a few sets, they did a good job of keeping the viewers attention. And as a final note, I was pleased with the diversity of the cast. This diversity is one of the reasons I like independent films. You just don’t see enough big budget movies that are brave enough to do more than the token attempt at diversity.

 

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