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Attack of the Unknown

USA 2020
produced by
Michael Mahal, Sonny Mahal for Mahal Empire, Spicy Ramen Productions, Blaen-Y-Maes Bootleg Films
directed by Brandon Slagle
starring Richard Grieco, Jolene Andersen, Douglas Tait, Robert LaSardo, Tara Reid, Paul Gunn, Gerardo de Pablos, Clay Trimble, Robert Donavan, Johnny Huang, King Jeff, Rich R. Rendon, Elizabeth Noelle Japhet, Charles Solomon jr, John Molinaro, William 'Bill' Connor, Mia ScozzaFave, Matt Christy, Kevin Hager, Kyosuke Mukai, Nick Ford, Alexander Zorn, Jon Vangdal Aamaas, Cira Valenzuela, Jerimiyah Dunbar, Michael Forsch, Ben Stobber, Danny Tesla, Rachael Christenson, Art Freeman, J. Spencer, Dennyann Giambrone, Navin P. Kumar, Mouine Omari, Tamara Solomson, Hans Hernke, Nicholas Kolev, Justin P. Warren, James Dormuth, Mathew Lipisko, Marc Pearce, Mark Pereira, Chris McCoy, Dee Cutrone, Jean Heathen, Jonah Gilkerson, Margo Quinn, John Meacham, Shawnn Morris Slaughter, Aaron Brazier, Darren Barcomb, Scott Butler, Peter Angelopoulos, Alexander Hauck, Zach Muhs, Thomas Haley, Gino Alfonso, Jay Powski, Ronnie Nanos, Elias Holguin, Tania Fox, Tasha Reign, Chase Christensen, Labrandon Shead, Angelo DiNallo, Michael DiNallo, Raf Adame, Stan Divranos, Olive Divranos, Cheryl Prater, Sherrie Prose, Taylor Re Lynn, BJ Mezek, Paul Bradford, Sinan Alili, Mila Maximova, Jennifer Granger, Al Burke, Macarena Abad, Roberta Sparta, Rachel Ann Mullins, Andrew Brown, Frankie Ray, Nicholas George, Lucas Caldwell, Art Freeman, Sélynne Silver, Monica Camey, Mark Hulsey, Christopher S. Begley, Junior J
story by Michael Mahal, Sonny Mahal, screenplay by Brandon Slagle, music by Scott Glasgow, alien creatures & special makeup effects by Vincent J. Guastini, visual effects by Laurent Buson

review by
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It's really not Vernon's (Richard Grieco) day, his wife has just handed him the divorce papers, he has been diagnosed with cancer, Mills (Charles Solomon jr), a member of his SWAT team was killed during an assignment only the other day, and today his SWAT team was ordered to transfer crime kingpin Hades (Robert LaSardo), the man responsible for Mills' murder, from the courthouse to the county detention center, something which Hades uses to mock Vernon almost beyond breaking point. And then the van breaks down only a few blocks away from the detention center, and Vernon and company have to continue the transfer by foot - not ideal under normal circumstances, but they now have to realize ... the town's under attack by aliens!!!

Somehow, Vernon and company including Hades make it to safety - relative safety that is - of the jail, but a bunch of the aliens are hot on their heels, and the detention center isn't as high security as they had hoped, nor sufficiently armed for a large scale attack. The other problem is of course, the aliens seem to be pretty much invulnerable and they're out for human blood. The only chance is to make it through an underground corridor to a highrise from where they can picked up by helicopter and flown to safety. Problem is, the aliens aren't likely to let them just walk, and on top of this Hades escapes and isn't likely to collaborate with them, and ultimately the SWAT team falls like flies until only three are left, Vernon, his tough-as-nails right hand woman Hannah (Jolene Andersen), and a rather useless civilian (Johnny Huang), who has only tagged along because he felt the safest with a SWAT team. But what have they got to fight the aliens with?

Tara Reid appears in an Old West flashback chronicling a former alien attack.

 

Now this might not be the most thoughtful of science fiction movie - but it starts with a bang, and then never really lets loose, instead seems to accelerate things almost all the time up to its finale. But that said, it's not just a mindless science fiction actioner either, it has a good anchor in Richard Grieco's character, a tortured man whose flaws are worked into the script rather than just tagged on quite nicely, while the other main characters are given at least some depth. And frankly, one just has to love the slightly retro look of the aliens which are done all practically. Now of course, this film takes pointers from classics like Aliens and Predator and probably a few other movies of that ilk, but these are good blueprints, and Attack of the Unknown is well enough made to be judged (and enjoyed) by its own merits as a pretty cool sci-fi thrill ride.

 

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