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aw crud, you put a hole in the suit!  this was a rental!

aw crud, you put a hole in the suit! this was a rental!

R

Adam Kaufman, Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Brad William Henke, Michael C. Williams, Catherine Mangan

Wyatt: I’m gonna get you some help sheriff!
Sheriff: F*** that, give me a beer.

It was 15 years ago that 5 friends were abducted by aliens.  Three of them were released after a short time, while the other two were kept longer.  One died, and the other was eventually released also.  Now, 3 of the friends have managed to capture one of the aliens as a sort of payback for the loss of their friend.  This proves to be a big mistake.

This movie flirts with being enjoyable throughout, but keeps falling short.  There’s just too much anger and yelling between the overly typical characters to make you care about any of them.  Among the four friends, there’s the relatively smart one (despite the mullet) who hatches the alien kidnapping plan in the first place, the dumb one who is just scared and wants to go home, the angry one that can’t be trusted and will even turn on his friends to get revenge on the aliens, and then Wyatt (Kaufman), the smartest and most capable one.  He just wants to be left alone and have nothing to do with their plan, but the others involve him anyway.  They also involve Wyatt’s girlfriend who happens to be there because we can’t have a whole movie without a female in it.  At least she’s not a damsel in distress the whole time and gets to do some alien killing of her own.

The title of the movie comes from the fact that Wyatt was ALTERED by the aliens all those years ago, which of course aids him in combating them.  Why he was altered and released, who knows.  The aliens were just stupid I guess.  Speaking of the aliens, they are essentially a nastier version of the ones from Signs.  They’re fast, have big scary teeth, and can hypnotize you into doing their bidding if you make the mistake of looking them in the eye.  They also tend to kill people in disgusting ways.  One scene in particular was…well…it might make your stomach hurt, I’ll put it that way.

The acting is so-so at best, the budget is low, and the alien isn’t particularly scary, especially when it’s fully revealed.  There are a couple of tense moments when the alien is loose and wreaking havoc, and there are a few clever lines of dialogue here and there, but overall, this is a standard monster movie that is uplifted slightly by an energetic finale.

CGI aliens may look silly at times, but rubber alien costumes can look just as, or even more, silly.

10 – 1.5 for a standard story format – 1.6 for unlikable characters – 1.4 for un-scary aliens = 5.5