Alien Invasion: S.U.M.1 (2017) - Movie Review

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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An aggressive race of aliens took over Planet Earth and humanity's at its end, living in giant bunkers below ground. Young Military rookie S.U.M.1 (Iwan Rheon) is sent to the surface to save a group of unprotected survivors. (IMDB)

Directed by Christian Pasquariello
Written by Christian Pasquariello & Gabrielle Pfeiffer
Starring Iwan Rheon (S.U.M.1), Andre Hennicke (MAC), Rainer Werner (V.A.X.7), Norman Reedus (K.E.R.4), Tim Williams (Base), and Lesley Suzanne Dean (M.A.T.E)
Released: December 2017
Runtime: 1hr 32min
Rating: TV-MA
Genre(s): Horror, Scifi, Thriller

This review contains spoilers!

The main reason for watching this film I found while randomly browsing titles on Amazon Prime Video is Iwan Rheon. I have been a fan of his acting since seeing him on Misfits as Simon several years ago. In Alien Invasion: S.U.M.1, Rheon plays the disturbingly blonde soldier, S.U.M.1 in a world where aliens have forced humans underground. S.U.M.1's task is to manage a tower that helps secure the final defenses of humanity and to help direct any humans left above ground to the underground shelter. His only companion being a friendly rat, S.U.M.1 slowly develops paranoia and begins to question what his real mission is and if the aliens are even real. However, after walking down a path that seems to be building up to a twist reminiscent of M. Night Shaylaman's The Village, we make a sharp U-turn back to alien land with the reveal of a spider-crab monstrosity.

Up to this point, the film is actually pretty interesting and even though the suspected twist is easy to pick up on before many clues are given, it easily sucks you in. I loved the acting, especially by Rheon (shocker, I know) and the u-turn was somewhat refreshing/unexpected even though the graphics for the alien reveal were horrendous.

Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 5/10

Film information, summary, and cover image from IMDB.

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