|Alien Opponent (2010)|
|Starring:||Jeremy London, “Rowndy” Roddy Piper, Adrienne LaValley, Ashley Bates, and Debra Jans|
|The Plot: When a young country wife is found cheating on her husband, the rich farmer husband proceeds to go ballistic. Unfortunately for him, he quickly catches a very bad case of “death.” You see, his trophy wife’s mother plants a hammer in the back of his cranium before he can dish out his own brand of southern justice. Looking at a massive inheritance, everything seems to be going right for this young trophy wife and her evil mother. However, things become complicated when an alien spacecraft crashes into their farm – and the body of the rich husband has come up missing. Seeing a nice alibi in this, and needing his body to claim the inheritance, this mother and daughter combo decide to stage a competition with their neighbors. They open up their land to any-and-all contestants who feel that they are able to both kill this monstrous alien (who they blame the murder on) and also retrieve this dead man’s body. This draws in a number of competitors, and ultimately leads to a number of dead bodies.|
A “body count” movie this assuredly is. Although it may lack in gory prosthetic effects, there are certainly a number of truly violent scenes throughout Alien Opponent. This is easily one of the standout attributes within the movie. Although the film is generally quite absurd, the use of gore and violence certainly causes this title to stand out. A mix of prosthetic and digital effects, the violence does generally look quite good for this sort of movie. Although the CGI is surely done in a very cheap fashion, it does manage to look better than most of the SyFy movies that I have caught in the past. There are some decent texture shots throughout the movie, and some of the smoke FX have a relatively realistic look to them. This is generally surprising, since these “simple” FX shots are usually some of the hardest to get right. This is hardly the sort of movie to compliment in terms of technical achievements, but when compared to some of the worst inclusions into the straight to video world of science fiction – this actually looks very good!
As the movie chugs along, one of its best attributes is the general unpredictability of the project. Although we are introduced to a large cast during the earliest moments of the film, there is no singular character who sticks out as being our main protagonist. The plot does eventually unfurl in a way that inevitably introduces us to our “final girl,” but she is not the most obvious choice from the start. There are numerous characters who we are introduced to along the way who all seem prototypical for this sort of role, but one by one we watch as they die. Ultimately, there’s no telling who will actually survive the film, and that is what gives the movie all of its promise. Although this promise is ultimately destroyed as the movie rolls along, but I still find it easy to compliment these one or two features. One of the movies biggest problems is that it probably achieves its unpredictability because it refuses to listen to the smallest rules of filmmaking. This includes small things such as logic or continuity. Instead, stereotypical characters and ideas are thrown at the audience in bulk until they are intended to “get” the joke.