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Alien Outbreak

One of my favorite scenes in Alien Outbreak occurs about 17 minutes into the movie.  A lot has gone on, mind you, but it is here - in what should be a quiet and reflective moment - in which the truth is revealed. 

"Alien Outbreak has the firepower to excite the imagination and bend the mind toward its will."

The scene goes like this: Sgt. Zoe Norris (Katherine Drake) is speeding down a lone strip of road.  It is morning and fields of gold surround her police vehicle. It’s already been a hell of a day for the young officer.  Technology has shorted out, people have been “offing” themselves left and right, and she’s confused as to what is causing all of this.

Well, her head is about to be cleared with a big answer as to what is causing all these suicidal shenanigans.  She needs only look to the skies for the answer. Soaring overhead is a rather large alien spacecraft. When it lands on the highway about 100 yards in front of her, she slams on her breaks.  The brief pause is enough to confirm that, yes, there are mechanical creatures descending from the spacecraft.  

Rather quickly, she backs up, turns around, and slams on the gas.  Good girl. And, truly, with what is about to happen, it is her smarts which saves her time and time again from the events in writer/director Neil Rowe’s Alien Outbreak.  This intense science fiction thriller is all sorts of gory and gooey fun.  It also messes with your mind with an ending that few see coming.

That early scene, though, - in the crisp wilderness of the southwest of England - is about as “open” as this very claustrophobic flick gets and the result of all that tension is pretty damn sweet.  With dimly lit locations and very fierce situations leading the way, Alien Outbreak is a brutal and very personal look at a fictional alien invasion.  If Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds went large, this one goes small and hits just as hard with capable filmmaking and very tight sequences.

Uninvited and armed to the teeth, these aliens ask no questions.  They just live to kill again. From one community to another they travel, taking no prisoners.  Consequently, it is up to Zoe and her partner Patrick (Ritchie Crain) to fend off their attacks and save what community members they can in these small rural provinces.  Alien Outbreak

But all is not what it seems. 

Exactly who is behind these mechanical aliens?  The truth is far more shocking and surprising than you might guess.  With one sequence on a train car full of panicked survivors, Alien Outbreak has the firepower to excite the imagination and bend the mind toward its will. 

Rowe's special effects showcase lands on digital and DVD from High Octane Pictures on February 11, 2020.

4/5 stars

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Alien Outbreak

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
84 mins
: Neil Rowe
Neil Rowe
Katherine Drake, Ritchie Crane, Philip Alexander Baker
: Sci-fi
No one gets out.
Memorable Movie Quote: "The closer those things get, the crazier people start acting."
High Octane Pictures
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Febraury 11, 2020
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Synopsis: A small rural community is quarantined by an alien presence. Local police officers Zoe and Patrick battle through the night to take control as they become cut off from the outside world. Residents begin to behave strangely and mass panic spreads throughout. With the help of others, Zoe and Patrick begin unraveling the mystery and soon discover it is not all as it seems. Can they save their community before it's too late?

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