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VODetails: 'Extraterrestrial'

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by Matt Singer
June 15, 2012 11:40 AM
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"Extraterrestrial."
"Extraterrestrial."

More and more films premiere on Video on Demand -- if they don't simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar.  This time we're looking at "Extraterrestrial," a sci-fi romantic comedy from "Timecrimes" director Nacho Vigalondo. Suggested tagline for this film about a man who wakes up one morning with a beautiful woman in his bed and a UFO hovering in the sky with no recollection how either one got there: "In space, no one can hear your awkward post-booty call whinging."

Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Cast: Julian Villagran, Michelle Jenner, Raul Cimas

Official Synopsis: "When Julio wakes up in a strange apartment after a night of partying, he’s pleasantly surprised to discover it belongs to a beautiful one-night-stand he can’t remember -- Julia. What’s already an awkward situation is made even more so when they discover a giant flying saucer hovering above the city, which is now deserted. Now Julio must contend with a jealous ex-boyfriend, an eccentric neighbor -– and very possibly the end of the world!"

Trailer:

Reviews:

Devin FaraciBadass Digest:

"'Extraterrestrial' isn’t much of an alien invasion movie, but it’s a wonderful movie about people."

Cole AbaiusFilm School Rejects:

"More inventive sci-fi humanity from a clever, talented director."

Michael LeavertonVillage Voice:

"A comedy dropped agreeably into an alien invasion [movie]."

Jeff ShannonSeattle Times:

"An admirable attempt at thwarting genre expectations that doesn't always work."

Andrew LapinNPR:

"There is originality, certainly. But Vigalondo teased us with the moon and the stars, and delivered only the terrestrial."

"Extraterrestrial" is now playing in select theaters and is available via on demand and iTunes.

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