After spending a night out drinking, five friends awaken the next day to find aliens have invaded. As a giant spacecraft hovers above them in the sky, order turns to chaos on the ground and the five work desperately to find a safe haven.
Bianca Bree (Carrie), Sean Brosnan (Michael), Simon Phillips (Robin), Maya Grant (Dana), Jazz Lintott (Vincent), Andrew Shim (Sam), Peter Barrett (Kenny), Joey Ansah (Cop/Soldier), Amelia Linney (Young girl), Raji James (Mr. Peterson), Sean Pertwee (Tramp), Jean-Claude Van Damme (George).
Alien Uprising begins with poor technical work and apparently inexperienced cast. From there things get slightly better. The storyline is anything but original and reminds us of many other alien invasion films. The film spends a lot of time on the characters rather than the plot however things finally get rolling toward the end. At the same time, the film was presented in an interesting way with brief glimpses of future events, though we don't know that is what they are. And there was no attempted explanation of the apparent alien war.
Acting was a bit of a mess in this one. Bree felt stoic and unemotional throughout the film. Brosnan was slightly more interesting with his exaggerated, obnoxious style. Grant presented some emotion but appeared mainly to be cast due to her physical appearance. Van Damme really only had a cameo in this one but his part ended perfectly.
Camera work was horrible with poor film quality, lighting, shaky framing, and even out of frame actors at times. Sets and backgrounds were okay but bland. CGI was poor quality throughout. Most amusing were scenes where large spacecraft in the sky flew close to the ground where they became proportionally about the size of a human. Physical effects were marginally better, but not much. Dialogue was redundant and dry. Sound and soundtrack were mediocre.
In the end Alien Uprising was lacking in technical quality, acting, and plot development. Die-hard sci-fi fans may find something redeeming in this one. The rest of us should probably move along to something better if possible.
With violence, foul language, some violent sexuality, and aliens, save this one for older teens and above.
copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel
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