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AREA Q: Film Review

Posted on: July 18th, 2015

Thomas Matthews is an investigative journalist. His world unravels before him when his son disappears. His boss then sends him to Brazil to investigate close encounter sightings.

Area Q is an American-Brazilian science fiction film, which was directed by Gerson Sanginitto, whose other work includes Dressed to Marry and Breaking Bread.

The film was shot in Los Angeles and two cities in Ceara, Brazil – Quixada and
Quixeramobim. Initially I was very excited to watch this film because I do love world cinema. Due to the shooting locations this led to some fantastic backdrops but unfortunately this was the only thing that got my interest. I found it all very bland, boring and tedious.

From the very beginning I was left feeling deeply disappointed because I felt an overwhelming desire to have a quick nap. I had to keep pinching myself to stay awake. The whole film blended into one big pile of Alien gloop. There was nothing distinguishing about Area Q. The acting was reasonable but it all seemed to fall a bit on the flat side.

Isaiah Washington (Thomas Matthews) from the TV Series The 100 is very pleasant to watch on screen but that’s not enough from what is described as a thriller. He was not thrilling.

But in saying that, the script didn’t lend itself to offer anything that would push the actors into a stand out performance. In addition, the story and the theories used to describe the disappearances of humans has been done countless times before.

Moreover, with any genre there holds an expectation from the audience. For example, in an action movie you would expect fantastic stunts, explosions, fast pace scenes. In a horror film you would expect to be scared, have moments of dread and possibly feelings of repulsion. In a Sci Fi film, which is entitled Alien Q, you would at least expect to see an alien of some sort. This did not happen; I saw orbs and an alien in human form. Plus as it is also described as a thriller, I was expecting to be thrilled, this did not happen.

I feel that this film is very much for a Sunday afternoon, something to watch on the TV whilst your Sunday lunch slowly digests. Alien Q? – Alien Zzzzz…

Words by Amanda Hunt @man_ders11

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