U.F.O. (2012 film)

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U.F.O.
A colossal UFO looms above a city
Original theatrical release poster
Directed by Dominic Burns
Produced by Dominic Burns
Adam Dakin
Tim Major
Andy Thompson
Written by Dominic Burns
Starring Bianca Bree
Sean Brosnan
Simon Philips
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Music by Matthew Williams
Cinematography Luke Bryant
Edited by Richard Colton
Distributed by Hawthorn Productions
Release date(s)
  • 14 December 2012 (2012-12-14)[1]
Running time 101 minutes[2]
Country United Kingdom
Language English

U.F.O. (re-titled Alien Uprising in 2013) is a 2012 British science fiction film about an alien invasion,[3] written and directed by independent British film-maker Dominic Burns. It stars Bianca Bree, Sean Brosnan and Simon Phillips. It marks Burns' third feature-length film as director, and his debut as writer-director.[4] U.F.O. was filmed in Derbyshire.[3] The film has no relation to the 1970s TV series of the same name.

Plot[edit]

Five friends engage in a night of heavy drinking, fighting, and carousing at a club. Hung-over, they drunkenly stumble out of Robin's house, where they crashed for the night, and discover that nobody on their street has mobile phone service or power. They are confronted by an apparently deranged tramp who insists that they are in danger from people with a purple mark. When a city-sized spaceship hovers over Derby, the city begins to panic and society begins to break down. Michael, a lieutenant in the SAS, attempts to lead his friends to safety. He is accompanied by his new girlfriend Carrie, whom he met the previous evening at a nightclub, his best friend Robin, Robin's fiance Dana, and Vincent. They make their way to a store where their friend Pete works, but it is closed. The group rescues an immigrant from angry thugs, and Pete allows the group in through the side entrance. However, a riot breaks out when the crowd sees them gathering supplies, and looters attempt to steal their groceries. Michael frightens off the looters with a pistol, and the friends head back to Robin's house.

Michael and Carrie go out to get fuel and ammunition for Michael's handgun, and they run into John, a gas station attendant who believes that the aliens will attack. Carrie suggests that the aliens are explorers, but John says that there will be no lasting peace, as the human governments will panic and attack the aliens. Back in the car, Carrie tells Michael that she is in England to learn about its culture and people, and they are involved in a car accident. Carrie frantically tries to save a survivor, but Michael administers a mercy killing. As Michael tries to drag Carrie away, she insists that there's a girl still alive in the car. They rescue the girl, and the car explodes behind them. When they attempt to get supplies to bandage the injured girl, a policeman stops them. The girl identifies him as a "man with a purple mark", and the policeman suddenly attempts to kill the girl. Michael engages in a long battle with him, and Carrie saves Michael by killing the policeman. Carrie is disgusted at having to do so and calls Michael a cold-blooded killer.

Aliens target Robin's house, and he, Dana, and Vincent barely evade alien patrol ships. Robin and Vincent go out to steal a car, and Dana is left alone in the house, where she is apparently stalked. She is saved by soldiers Kenny and Sam. The deranged tramp confronts them with a pistol and says that they are protecting the Devil. Michael tries to reason with him, but the soldiers shoot the tramp dead as he accidentally kills Robin. The group drives to George's house, where they become convinced that alien infiltrators are hiding among humans. The group turns on Carrie, for whom none of them can vouch. Michael convinces the others to allow him to privately inspect Carrie for a purple mark, and she murders him. Carrie defeats Sam, Kenny, and George in combat and escapes outside George's house, where she is teleported aboard a ship. George attempts to mollify the aliens by offering alien technology that he owns, but they disintegrate him.

Kenny and Sam attack a UFO with automatic rifles, but their weapons seem to have no effect. As they wait to be disintegrated, another UFO attacks and destroys that one. The sky fills with two different kinds of UFOs attacking each other. Sam is killed in the crossfire, and the others retreat back to George's house. On his television, they see Carrie announce that humanity has won the war and people should return to their homes. Vincent attempts to rape Dana, and Kenny threatens to kill him. Before he can, an alien infiltration team breaks in and reports that there is a young girl there who can identify them. In the last scene, the infiltration team receives a go-ahead to kill everyone in the house, and their screams are heard over the radio.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Under the title U.F.O., the film premiered at the Prince Charles Theatre, Leicester Square, London on 13 December 2012, and went into general release on 24 December. In June 2013, the film was re-titled Alien Uprising and re-released in cinemas, as well as on video-on-demand services.[5] It was released on home video 17 December 2013.[6]

Reception[edit]

Neil Smith of Total Film rated the film 2/5 stars and wrote, "Alas, no amount of fiscal ingenuity can excuse the wooden acting and crummy dialogue in what is a feeble offering."[7] Paul Mount of Starburst rated the film 3/10 and wrote, "U.F.O. is a misfire which has neither the coherent script nor the budget to even begin to make it work."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Sophie (13 December 2012). "Will movie hero Jean-Claude Van Damme be able to get back in time for big showing?". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "U.F.O. (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Jean-Claude Van Damme to Shoot UFO Film in Derby". BBC News Online. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (15 August 2011). "Van Damme sights U.F.O.". Variety. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Miska, Brad (24 June 2013). "New Alien Uprising Clip Features Tons of Kicking". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Frost, Bill (16 December 2013). "Kick-Ass 2, The Lone Ranger". Salt Lake City Weekly. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Smith, Neil (4 February 2013). "U.F.O.". Total Film. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Mount, Paul (6 January 2013). "DVD Review: U.F.O. (2012)". Starburst. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 

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