Alien Lockdown Release Date: 2004 Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller Director: Tim Cox (Larva) Writers: T.M. Van Ostrand & Ross Helford (Wild Things 2, Sniper 3) Starring: John Savage, James Marshall, Michelle Goh Mildly interesting rip-off of both Alien has one of those ominous, strategically placed, secret government labs being taken over by an […]

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Alien Lockdown
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director: Tim Cox (Larva)
Writers: T.M. Van Ostrand & Ross Helford (Wild Things 2, Sniper 3)
Starring: John Savage, James Marshall, Michelle Goh

Mildly interesting rip-off of both Alien has one of those ominous, strategically placed, secret government labs being taken over by an alien that a short sighted doctor who begat the creature allows it to break free in order to test its killing power. With only two of the original crewmembers, the Doctor (Savage) and his assistant (Marshall), a military team is sent in to destroy it. What they don’t know is that the alien is indestructible, and their chances of survival are slim to none.

Alien Lockdown bogs itself down thanks mostly to an unsuccessful script penned by a team of a first-timer (Ostrand) and someone who’s part efforts are best described as being run of the mill (Helford). There’s entirely way too much dialogue present that adds nothing to film. You never care about the characters, as everything is just done incredibly slowly. That’s a feat achieved by a lot of films produced by Nu Image, who insist on making movies full of dialogue featuring actors who just aren’t charismatic.

Director Tim Cox, who directed the more than watchable Larva, saves this from being a complete disaster with his stylistic approach. He fills the film with dark hues, which allow for an atmosphere that, at times, makes you forget you’re watching something made by Nu Image. Cox also supervises his special effects team well, as things go very well on that end, including an impressive bullet hit shot (albeit ripped off from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake).

I must ask this though. Of all the areas Nu Image felt the need to be different in, why the hell would you choose the monsters stance as one? An alien walking around on all fours may seem more realistic, but it looks entirely ridiculous when done by any special effects team.
Sci-fi geeks without much conviction about what they watch may enjoy Alien Lockdown, but that’s the farthest things go.

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