Jerry, and partner Elaine, head to Los Angeles to catch up with old friend Terry. Terry being a man of great success has a Penthouse apartment and everything he needs. So the two throw a big party and live up the good life. That night mysterious lights decent on Los Angeles and start to cause quite a stir. Anyone caught staring into these lights is taken control and is then taken away in the blink of an eye. As the gravity of the situation hits the group they start to realise they are under attack from an alien race which seem to have penchant for collecting humans, alive. With Los Angeles undersiege from all manner of flying, walking, bouncing, hover and belching creatures (all with Blue lights) the group have to fend for themselves and hope to find a way to get out of the battlezone.
So.. thats fairly much the basis of this film. Queue some fairly hefty, if not reasonable special effects. The cast is nothing of note and the plot has.. well it tries to create some form of character building but fails soo many times and often distracts from main point.. The giant aliens sucking up humans like an intergalactic Dyson.
Did i mention the special effects? Yeah not bad.. clearly alot of time has been spent either playing too many computer games (I’m fairly sure I saw some old classic monsters there) or hunched over a drawing tablet.
The story is the basic “run from the aliens, realise the aliens are actually kicking some serious butt, hide from the aliens, come up with another plan”, and repeat. Infact the whole thing borders slightly on occupational overuse syndrome. However.. did i mention the special effects? oh i did… yeah well they were pretty good.
The movie ends up with the US Airforce coming in to save the day…. or do they…. (remember the basic run, get beaten, hide, come up with a new plan concept). Hey at the end of the day this movie had some great special effects and a good base plot. The ending is rather interesting too, revealing exactly why the aliens are there and another surprise(??) yeah.. surprise(!!).
So disengage your brain, buy loads of popcorn, coke, jaffas and head along to an Event Cinema where the screen is bigger than the side of an aircraft carrier and enjoy some not too bad special effects.
Reviewed by: Skip Parker