Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Movie review: 51 (2011)

Area 51 is probably one of the most famous locations in the world because of its association with UFOs and alien enthusiasts but now all will be revealed to the public.  This is the plot of 51 (2011) in which a reporter and TV personality are allowed full access to area 51 in order to finally dispel the rumors once and for all.  Bruce Boxleitner is Col. Martin who is in charge of escorting the civilians into the complex but everything does not go as planned as an alien shape shifter held in the underground secret labs of the already secret labs escapes and releases an even deadlier predatory alien and its offspring.  The aliens create havoc allowing the shape shifter to proceed with its ulterior motives all the while Col. Martin and his charges try to find a way out of the complex while not trying to be killed by the predatory aliens or allowing any of the aliens free to the outside world.
Along for the chaos is Sgt. Hannah (Rachel Miner) and her fellow soldier and friend Shoes Schumacher (Jason London) who are also trying to kill the predatory aliens before they get killed themselves.  The film is fun, gory and entertaining from beginning to end and works because the characters take their situation seriously despite the fact that it is an alien film.  London is hilarious from beginning to end and he has great chemistry with Miner.  The creature FX is extremely good and convincing for such a low budget film.  This film will appease horror fans.

51 is one of those rare low budget sci-fi-horror hybrid films that actually work and it continues to surprise up until the end.  The film is written by Lucy Mukerjee with story by Kenny Yakkel and is directed by Jason Connery.  They do an excellent job with the film creating one of the few low budget indie gems out there of this kind.

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