REVIEW: THEY ARE AMONG US

CAST

Alison Eastwood (Tightrope)
Michael DiLallo (7 Seconds)
Corbin Bernsen (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)
Bruce Boxleithner (Babylon 5)
Lacey Beeman (The Social Network)
Amy bruckner (Nancy Drew)
George Flower (They Live)
Nana Visitor (Star Trek: DS9)

2654-2Living in a small town, friends growing concerned over their friends’ strange disappearances stumble across a plot from a group of alien insects that need human collagen to survive and race to stop them from unleashing their deadly plans.

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This here was a somewhat decent killer alien film. One of those better points is the beginning in the film where there’s a really nice mystery built-up, getting this off to a nice start from the beginning. Starting with the build-up from the mystery about the missing teenagers to the evidence of the parents being involved in the strange scam, this one has some pretty decent scenes from these parts as it’s all done to make the rest of the segment feel that much creepier backed behind the other parts in the film setting it up nicely. That the aliens themselves, in the few scenes of them seen, are really nice and Along with the rare on- screen appearances of them leads to some really impressive scenes with them, which is most apparent in the finale which is really fun. They’re appearance also works for this, being tall, lanky, scaly and dripping with claws and fangs, which together with their domestic look and demeanor make for a really great creature. There’s also a couple of really well-done scenes which are really great, with the party scene at the house taking the simple concept it presents in theory and offering a superb twist down in the basement with the strobe-light in full effect offering up the sacrifice scene, and there’s also all the good stuff from being in the underground caves.

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The last good thing about this one was the acceptably-sized body count, which had some okay deaths if nothing standout or new, but the quantity here takes precedence. These here are the film’s good points, though there is a lot of damage caused by its flaws. The biggest issue is that the film has nearly way too much plot going on, as the admittedly-entertaining mystery throws way too many ideas into it that there’s simply overkill at a point. There’s the fact that the aliens are involved with the crop-circles and medallion as well as the effects of the collagen works well, since they are presented in logic, accurate and believable manners, and this would’ve been well and good except for the fact that there’s the inclusion of the parasite angle. They were terrible enough, but rather than doing anything good about it, this one has the effects of the parasite go indirect opposition of the alien angle. It’s almost as though it was thrown in merely to add a twist to the film and make the creatures feel threatening, but it all just feels tacked on instead. The big sequence where it’s supposedly mushed together with the other elements but catastrophically fails, making the whole thing more complicating and headache-inducing than necessary. This also brings up the film’s other real flaw, the slow pace at the beginning since it’s got the different stories woven together, and nothing really happens until the end. These here really hurt the film.

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