Synopsis – Two documentary cameramen embedded in an army unit in the most hostile place on earth, an outpost surrounded by the last remaining alien fighters (Heavies) of an invading attack force. The world may have forgotten about the Outposts, but the Heavies are planning the second invasion of Earth and the soldiers are the only ones who can stop it.
My Take – No matter how bad some of them are, alien invasion movies are going to keep coming; producers are ready to invest in them & people are going to pay to watch them. Here writer-director Jabar Raisani, a visual effects supervisor on quite a few mainstream projects (most recently “Game of Thrones”), gives us his first feature film here, a combination of “Starship Troopers” and found footage. The story takes place in 2021, years after an alien invasion, almost all alien resources been extinguished except for some stragglers who are being taken care of by military outposts around the world. 10 years later those outposts have been defunded and the men fighting the war have been forgotten.
This story focuses on two documentary cameramen who have been assigned to document the efforts of Outpost 37, situated between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Frankly, the only explanation I can see for the poor ratings is that people were expecting a sci-fi flick and are judging the movie’s compliance with that expectation. I’ve seen this phenomenon before, and it’s sad, because good movies end up without the recognition they deserve. The production values, the sets, the props and effects, and even the acting are all pretty well up there in quality and are actually above-par for an indie flick. In fact, the only clue I can see for this even being an independent film is the lack of celebrity actors. Plop a couple famous faces in here and I think anyone would be hard-pressed to tell the difference from a Hollywood production.
It’s a shame that Raisani doesn’t have as much confidence in his alien creations. We’re either given brief glimpses or shots from far away. They also don’t really do much besides attack during gun battles (machine, electric, laser, lot of different types of guns here). Surprisingly, the special effects were quite awesome, way better than what I have witnessed in B-grade sci fi films. On the whole, if you have enjoyed films like District 9 , Battle Los Angeles and Cowboys and Aliens, Alien Outpost is a film you add to your watch-list!
Director – Jabbar Raisani
Rated – NR
Run Time – 90 minutes