Welcome To Earth 2005 Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
Aliens have been on Earth for a year, and will reveal themselves to the world at a special summit in Sri Lanka that will be broadcast worldwide. Parties are everywhere that day, and this film is about one particular group of friends in Connecticut that get together, talk about what could be ahead for the world, and of course their own personal issues surface especially in the relationship department. This of course is where you realize “Welcome To Earth” is more of a metaphorical title and not just relating to the backdrop of the alien situation.
Welcome To Earth is one of those nifty little indie projects that definitely has its own identity. While very low budget (shot over six days with two cameras), it’s no lazy affair and it’s refreshingly unpretentious. It shows you can make a great story without big stars, big sets, or big special effects. With good dialog and good acting, keeping it simple is a plus.
All aspects of personalities and insecurities are represented here, and unlike director Mongillo’s previous film The Wind where relationships are made worse and even destroyed due to the consequences of actions, in Welcome To Earth you find that they face issues and each other and see that there’s hope for them and chances to better themselves. Of course througout the film you feel like you want to slap some of these people, and then realize, wow! I KNOW people like this, have witnessed and experienced times like these at parties as well, and you find yourself listening more carefully to see how they will work things through. The dialog is that good, and the natural delivery of the actors keeps things realistic and always interesting. One scene in particular with the two sisters Jill and Rachel in a kitchen is extremely powerful and very impressive.
While some viewers might complain about this being “another indie film with a hand-held cam,” this might help you understand the way it was shot: I think that it makes the viewer feel as if you are there at the party, partaking in the drinks and “smokes” and standing right there with the characters. A review on Film Threat also had an interesting point, that the shaky cam movements, zooms, and “dizzying close-ups help create a situation where our drunken individuals cannot escape from conflict.” It helps make subsequent viewings more meaningful and enjoyable when thinking of it in these aspects.
Michael Mongillo has delivered three award-winning films so far that are unique and fascinating in their own right—The Wind (2001), which was unfairly criticized by some viewers online due to the fault of MTI Video’s interference in the marketing. It’s actually a great psychological drama (Really, folks, check it out with an open mind and you’ll see what I mean)... Welcome To Earth (2005), as reviewed here… and Being Michael Madsen (2007) which is very clever and very funny. They’re all projects that are labors of love and reflect the joys of indie film making.
The DVD has two interesting and informative commentaries, as well as production stills. A worthwhile purchase for your money, and it helps support the future of indie projects!
About Welcome To Earth (2005)
Starring: Jason Alan Smith, Kate Orsini, Zeke Rippy, Davis Mikaels, Thomas Edward Seymour,
Director: Michael Mongillo,
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