Alternate Ground (2021) Movie Review ‘Mystery Everywhere’

Alternate Ground – Mystery Everywhere


Director: Daniel Groom

Starring: Owen Myre, Ethan Boucher, Paul Noonan, Zachariah Supka, Devin Henry, Patience McStravick, Michael Anthony Coppola, Demitra Papadinis

Plot: When a teenage boy is found after disappearing overnight, his unexplained behavior causes concern within the family, and a lack of medical answers leads to a revelation of alien abduction.

Tagline – They need us…Anybody

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Alternate Ground starts when Riley McDowell (Myre) suddenly goes missing with his whole family searching for the young boy, his brother Bradley (Boucher) and parents Arthur (Coppola) and Joyce (Papadinis).

When Riley is found, he does seem to be different, with a darker side, losing spells of time, without any explanation. As everyone is searching for answers, Riley starts to show the effects what happened during his disappearance.

Thoughts on Alternate Ground

Characters & Performances – Riley McDowell is the boy that vanished suddenly overnight, only to be found on the edge of the road in a panicked state. His family are concerned about him, as he starts having spells of blacking out, events happening without anyone else knowing how to explain the events. The blackout will cause him great pain, as each visit will becoming more vivid and dangerous for Riley, as he tries to explain what he is going through. Owen Myre does give us a performance that is filled with the paranoia his character is going through during the events of the film. Arthur and Joyce are his parents that will do anything to help find answers, pushing past what they are willing to believe in search for the answers they need to save their son. Bradley is the older brother who is more reluctant to help as he doesn’t believe as easily to what is happening, before needing to step up and help. When we meet the rest of the characters, we have different people who will help in different ways along the way, some with real science, some with the truth, the mix involved will keep us guessing as to what is really happening.

StoryThe story here follows a young boy that disappears overnight and is found without memories of how he ended up away from the home. The family will search for answers, but not everything is as simple as expected in this search. This is a story that will look to work on the ideas of abductions that can’t be explained, using the reports to create a story to show the troubles people would have been through when they reappear without answers, where most people can’t give them any answers, but something isn’t right with the person. This will give us plenty of mystery about the truth, where each interaction might offer something different.

ThemesAlternate Ground is a sci-fi mystery that will use the concepts of the stories of alien abductions, showing the side effects of what might have happened, leaning more towards the mystery, rather than using too much sci-fi side of things. The remote location will play into what is expected to be behind the alien abduction stories.

Final Thoughts Alternate Ground is a mystery that will keep us guessing behind the abduction.

ABC Film Challenge – Adventure – W – Wizards (1977) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“So, what are elves good for?” – Weehawk

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – In a futuristic world millennia after a nuclear war, two brothers rule their kingdoms with two very different ideals; one championing technology while the other magic.

My Take on it – This is a film that I only heard of recently when my friend Jason of The Palmer Files mentioned a few times on his podcast how much he enjoys this film and his musings about it got me quite curious to check it out.

It was the perfect choice for me to watch for this month’s theme for Darren’s Film Challenge.

Going in, I knew absolutely nothing about this film save the fact that it was created by Ralph Bakshi, who truly was an innovative animation creator and has given us some great films to savor for all time.

The film’s animation style and music is quite unique and that adds so much to the experience of watching this modern day fable about the push and pull between technology and nature (represented by magic).

The film uses lots of imagery to show how propaganda and imagery can affect people in a way that scares them to want to fight back.

Most of the characters in the film aren’t developed very well and they are mostly viewed in a very simple good vs evil perspective.

Yes, there are a few exceptions to this and those characters stand out among the rest.

The plot moves along at a great pace and stays interesting throughout even if the colors and imagery look very psychedelic (I wonder how someone stoned out of their mind would view this.)

Love the mixture here of sci-fi and fantasy elements and how they are able to bring them together to populate the same world because it adds so many layers to the story.

This is a film that truly needs to be studied and looked at in a minute way in order to fully appreciate it and I expect to watch it again in the future to get a better understanding of it all.

Tnx again to Jason for recommending this movie to me!


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Susan Tyrrell specifically requested to be uncredited for her role as the narrator, believing that performing in an animated film would be detrimental to her career. Ralph Bakshi claims that she approached him years later and revealed that the movie had actually been instrumental in securing her many subsequent roles and that she regretted her request. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

ABC Film Challenge – Adventure – W – The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Movie Recommendation

This is just a recommendation for an adventure film that will be under W.

Director: Swait Bhise

Writer: Devika Bhise, Swait Bhise, Ilivia Emden (Screenplay)

Starring: Devika Bhise, Rupert Everett, Jodhi May, Derek Jacobi, Nathaniel Parker, Ben Lamb, Arif Zakaria

Plot: A tale of women’s empowerment, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi tells the true story of Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857.

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

The Siege of Fort William Henry (2021) Movie Review

Director: Erik Swanson

Plot: In 1757 a French army of 9,000 men, including almost 2,000 of their American Indian allies, laid siege to Fort William Henry, on Lake George in the New York Frontier. These event inspired “The Last of the Mohicans”

Runtime: 1 Hour 3 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Thoughts on The Siege of Fort William Henry

ThoughtsThe Siege of Fort William Henry is a documentary that looks to tell a more neutral story to what happened in the Siege of Fort William Henry, showing the lead up to the battles, along with how the English and French saw the events unfolding, showing that the conflict was built up from the English behaviour to the much calmer French, leading to the famous side to the bigger battle in history. This documentary does a good job at showing the balance between two of the three sides involved in the battle, showing how neither wanted the body count the battle left. This will give out a more accurate history lesson to what most people have been taught, which is important for showing everyone that we can learn from the past, rather than continuing to make the same mistakes.

Final Thoughts The Siege of Fort William Henry is a interesting history lesson.