ALIENS VS. AVATARS
ALIEN VS. ALIEN
Aliens Vs. Avatars was Lewis Schoenbruns most widely released film to date. The title has an amusement it resembles one of the films conceived by The Asylum with their penchant for vs titles and mockbusters, designed to riff off of James Camerons two big hits Avatar (2009), which was then in recent memory, and Aliens (1986). For all that, Aliens Vs. Avatars signals a painful cheapness from the opening credits, which consist of visual effects that look as though they have been made on somebodys home computer. (Even more ominously, it is revealed that these are done by Lewis Schoenbrun himself). The actors seem to all be amateurs but at least make some effort and struggle against the inane dialogue. In the case of Georgia Tolentinos Crystal, she seems defined solely by willing to sleep with anyone and constantly complaining at having to dealing with bugs and no cellphone coverage or having to go hiking while wearing heels.
Things fail to improve much with the introduction of the aliens. There are some very cheap gore effects and a clunky looking man in a robot suit at the climax. Much of the action consists of the characters running through the woods. In a move ripped from Predator (1987), the alien hunts them from behind an invisibility cloak this leads to one rather funny scene wherein Dylan Vox pretends to fight the invisible alien, shadow boxing against it without the slightest conviction. All of which only amounts at best to a marginally better made film of the type that is usually shot on a camcorder over successive weekends by teenage wannabes.
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