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LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Super Reviewer
½ October 9, 2012
"How big is it?"
"Four miles wide!"

Everyone knows what to do if one morning the sky would be absolutely full of UFOs: run as fast as you can. However, what would happen if the invasion started while you are in the flat of the girl of your dreams, the one you have just met?

REVIEW
A low key, sci-fi romantic comedy from "Timecrimes" director Nacho Vigalondo, "Extraterrestrial" is about a girl (Julia) and a guy (Julio) who engage in a one night stand, only to wake up the next day and discover an ominous looking spacecraft hovering above the city. Stuck with each other and nowhere else to go, the UFO becomes the least of their worries when Julia's boyfriend comes into the picture to make things more awkward for all three of them. For anyone expecting this to be a Hollywood-type alien invasion film, you will be sorely disappointed because the film mostly focuses on the three main characters (and one nosey neighbor) and the weird, sexual politics they're all caught up in. The sci-fi part is mostly backdrop and looking at the overall picture, is mostly inconsequential to the main narrative drive of the film. The cast do a stand up job of riffing off with each other and Vigalondo's painfully dry humor (and the comedy gold that is mined from a hilariously awkward situation) is brimming with character and charisma that bounces off the four corners of the apartment from the which the story mostly takes place in. A minimalist, very cheeky sci-fi comedy, but also an astute observation on human behavior, "Extraterrestrial" is understated brilliance, its out of this world.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ August 26, 2013
"Extraterrestrial" starts with Julio(Julian Villagran) waking up in an unfamiliar bed, staring at a bra that does not belong to him. That's because it belongs to Julia(Michelle Jenner), as does the bed and apartment where they disagree over what exactly happened the night before. What they can agree on is the present where they find they have no cell phone service, internet or television reception, probably due to the honking big flying saucer downtown whose arrival they missed due to oversleeping, along with the resultant evacuation. But they are not alone as Julia's neighbor Angel(Carlos Areces) has stuck around, too. And then Julio finds out the hard way that Julia has a boyfriend, Carlos(Raul Cimas).

I think there is a good deal to admire about the offbeat movie "Extraterrestrial," assuming one is looking in the right direction and ignores the four mile wide spaceship in the room. Granted it is an approach that might drive many viewers to chocolate but then they would miss the movie's neat insights into the nature of relationships, including one character in a moment of clarity and brutal honesty saying one thing so perceptive that I wonder why nobody has expressed it before. At the same time, the movie can be just as subtle in how we got here. In any case, I am left wondering what those visitors to this planet make of us poor deluded earthlings.
½ August 26, 2015
This one was a lot of fun, with a one night stand happening at the worst possible time, on the verge of an alien invasion. We spend the film with a small number of characters, each of whom becomes paranoid that the people they're with might possibly not be who they say they are.

Good stuff, give it a rental.
½ October 20, 2014
Outside of a pretty clever ending, and some good special effects (or makeup) the film isn't much more than a well made for TV sci-fi film. I think it is entertaining enough to be worth you spending 90-minutes checking it out, but remember this isn't going to be a film you write home about.
September 21, 2014
It follows the easy alien invasion formula with the mixing of Body Snatchers and "Independence Day" being small-scaled to the size of "Another Earth" whereas the scientific subject isn't the main focus nor being a big bother to the story with no activity. This Spanish sci-fi flick gets blended with the rom-com genre in a way of being extraterrestrial to its kind and part of the film industry. It's between okay and probably not close to being good, it's just a random film, probably unique, with a confusing note at the end. (B-)

(Full review coming soon)
February 6, 2014
This is a flick that I heard about last year and I meant to see it but it totally went off my radar - hard to explain it - it's about a couple having an affair while spaceships are floating all over the world - a little of comedy - a little satire - a little romantic - and extremely quirky - definitely not something Hollywood would make.
December 6, 2013
From the director of Los cronocrimenes (Timecrimes) comes a lighthearted approach to the alien invasion genre. The bigger sci-fi concepts sreve as the backdrop for what it really, a romantic comedy. This film is funny and endearing. Great writing, great acting and great cinematography make this film more than just a sci-fi flick or just a romantic comedy.
January 16, 2013
A bone-dry and nearly pitch-perfect combo of romantic comedy, absurdist farce and alien-invasion drama.
December 6, 2012
Much like Another Earth, this film takes a sci-fi concept (alien invasion) and doesn't really do much with it directly. The spaceship hangs in the sky as a backdrop to what is basically a rom-com. The aliens are just a prop to use in an adulterer's lies upon lies upon lies. The film is enjoyable enough if you don't come into a film called Extraterrestrial and expect, y'know, an alien.
July 28, 2012
A romantic comedy with xenophobia, deep suspicion and spaceships. I liked Time Crimes, so I decided to give this a try. Not as good because it doesn't go anywhere. The female character is played dumb for no reason.
This is an expansion on a Twilight Zone episode about what humans do to each other.
½ March 4, 2012
What if you slept through the alien invasion?

I mean, you hooked up with a hot girl so the night was well spent. Probably. Neither of you remember for sure how far it went. But you did wake up in her bed. But there's a huge spaceship hovering over the city. And everyone is gone, which gives you a good excuse to stay with the hot girl instead of going home. Oh, but wait, the nerdy guy in the apartment across the hall didn't evacuate with everyone else. He seems to have a pretty intense thing for the hot girl (duh). And then hot girl's boyfriend shows up. (Oh, you never thought to mention you have a boyfriend?)

Things proceed awkwardly and amusingly, venturing too briefly into "Rear Window" territory. The rather uneventful invasion serves as a device to isolate the characters and apply pressure to address, or more often avoid, their issues, while the protagonist provokes and feed the others' paranoia for trivial advantage.
September 21, 2015
Offbeat and genre-bending with a deep fascination and enjoyment of our messy human peculiarities.
August 29, 2015
Fun relationship comedy/drama with a extraterrestrial invasion as the mcguffin.
½ August 26, 2015
This one was a lot of fun, with a one night stand happening at the worst possible time, on the verge of an alien invasion. We spend the film with a small number of characters, each of whom becomes paranoid that the people they're with might possibly not be who they say they are.

Good stuff, give it a rental.
May 21, 2015
Extraterreste is a dark funny comedy that might not deliver in the sci fi ground but it's bold and original.
½ January 20, 2015
Original historia de un extraterrestre en Madrid.
October 25, 2014
If someone asked you to make a list of the worst parts of all the UFO/Alien Abduction films ever made, you would have the script for Extraterrestrial. Props to the Vicious Brothers for taking credit for the editing in this bucket of sludge. A more sensible person would have cut and run.
½ October 20, 2014
Outside of a pretty clever ending, and some good special effects (or makeup) the film isn't much more than a well made for TV sci-fi film. I think it is entertaining enough to be worth you spending 90-minutes checking it out, but remember this isn't going to be a film you write home about.
September 21, 2014
It follows the easy alien invasion formula with the mixing of Body Snatchers and "Independence Day" being small-scaled to the size of "Another Earth" whereas the scientific subject isn't the main focus nor being a big bother to the story with no activity. This Spanish sci-fi flick gets blended with the rom-com genre in a way of being extraterrestrial to its kind and part of the film industry. It's between okay and probably not close to being good, it's just a random film, probably unique, with a confusing note at the end. (B-)

(Full review coming soon)
½ September 18, 2014
A charming little comedy drama.
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