September 18, 2011

Altered (2006)

"Fifteen years ago, a group of men's lives were forever changed by a strange occurrence. Now, the same group of men will spend a night together... in terror."

I wasn't expecting much of this film by Eduardo Sánchez, the director of "The Blair Witch Project" (1999), especially as the description on Netflix implied that it would be more sci-fi than anything else, but I actually enjoyed most of it.

Although the captured alien was just some guy in a rubber suit, describing it as such doesn't really do it justice as the effects were pretty good overall. It was an evil looking thing with enough weird animal attributes to make it decidedly "alien".

There was also plenty of gore where it counted, good performances by the cast, and enough mystery to keep my interest for at least two-thirds of the film. It was only in the last half-hour that I started to get a little bit bored with it as the interactions between the redneck heroes and all the tension ran out.

Adam Kaufman who played the lead, Wyatt, was quite charismatic in places but it was the far rougher Paul McCarthy-Boyington as Cody who gave the best performance overall. All the characters were quite likeable in their own ways although none of them were given enough time individually to really get to know them which was probably for the best.

The weakest link was Catherine Mangan's character, Hope, who couldn't seem to decide if she wanted to get out of the situation or keep coming back to it. It would have been a much better film without her character in it at all as her inconsistencies were quite annoying.

"Altered" wasn't a bad film or an outstandingly good one. I'm rating it as "average" but it was quite an original idea.

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