Thursday, August 7, 2014

Alien Abduction (2014)

Pretty much the only remarkable thing about Alien Abduction is the camera on which the footage is found.  It's incredibly durable and, at one point, even falls from a tremendous (above airplane-level) height and the only damage is a shattered lens.  Adamantium?  It's mean of the movie to put this spoilery, ridiculous scene right up front, like giving you a bowl of ice cream before force-feeding you five gallons of salt water.  The remainder of the movie is assembly-line bland.  A family goes camping at several remote sites near a mountain that's had nighttime sightings of strange lights.  The youngest kid is autistic and obsessively films everything, you know, like autistic people do in real life.  Suddenly, ALIENZ! attack.  Survival happens for a while, thanks to the efforts of a mountain-man stereotype, but too much of this movie falls into well-traveled found-footage ruts.  You expect jump scares after camera shakes and lots of running and that's what/all you get.  The cast and effects are serviceable, but unspectacular.  Altered and Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County are still the gold standards for this kind of thing.  This Alien Abduction, while not objectionable, seems very unnecessary.

**1/2

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