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ALIEN AUTOPSY
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Jonny Campbell

Starring:
Declan Donnelly
Ant McPartlin
Bill Pullman

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
The allegedly true story of two Brits who were able to convince the world that they had actual footage of an alien autopsy that happened back in 1947 in Roswell.

Is it good movie?
I had all but forgotten that whole "alien autopsy" footage that was released to the world way back in 1995. Fortunately we now have this little flick to remind us. Part faux documentary, part conspiracy thriller, part sci-fi, and part comedy, director Jonny Campbell does a fairly competent job of corralling everything together.

At the beginning, I was a little confused as to how this whole shebang was going to play out and I suppose that worked to my advantage. And, of course, scoring Bill Pullman, to play the cool filmmaker listening to the story as it is told was definitely a stroke of genius. I swear, that dude just can do no wrong in my eyes. If I was ever going to make a movie, I'd have to get him in it (if it's a low-budget flick, I'll settle for Eric).

The blokes playing the two brits did a nice job as well. Declan Donnelly shined as the "dreamer" of the team and exuded some smooth comedic timing. Ant McParlin shined as well as the "brain" of the team ó a fitting yin to Donnelly's yang. Aside from their chemistry between each other, I was also pleasantly surprised at how well the two leads played off the other supporting actors in the film. Perhaps this was a benefit of having two relatively unknowns as the main stars? The "re-filming" of the alien autopsy was one classic scene.

I don't want to come off as saying that the entire film was a masterpiece. It could have used a bit more comedy and alien-inspired suspense. There seemed to only be bits of both and the envelope wasn't push too far. Maybe that's because the filmmakers were trying to stay very true to the "true story" aspect. Regardless, it didn't hold my close attention for the full 95 minutes of running time. I cared about seeing how everything turned out, but I don't have any desire to watch it again.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.85:1

Audio English dolby digital with French and English subtitles.

The Extras
A few additional scenes that definitely should have been cut out.

The special The Making Of Ant And Decís Alien Autopsy hosted by Donnelly and McPartlin, which was pretty amusing.

Some very funny outtakes that confirm the cast's nice chemistry.

Lastly, an alternate opening that doesn't compare to the real opening with Bill Pullman walking into the office.

Last Call
An interesting and chuckle-worthy piece of "mockumentary" filmmaking with strong performances by a cast that gels with ease. It was just missing that little extra oomph in terms of stylistic storytelling, which keeps me from fully recommending the view.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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