Proximity (2020) Movie Review

Director: Eric Demeusy

Writer: Eric Demeusy (Screenplay) Eric Demeusy, Jason Mitcheltree (Story)

Starring: Ryan Masson, Highdee Kuan, Christian Prentice, Shaw Jones, Con Scribner

Plot: A young NASA JPL scientist is abducted by extra-terrestrials but when no one believes his story he becomes obsessed with finding proof which leads him on a journey of discovery.

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Interesting Sci-Fi Movie

Story: Proximity starts when junior scientist Isaac (Masson) is dealing with his own therapy with video journals, when he witnesses a meteor strike Earth like many others, only Isaac records an alien figure before vanishing for 3 days, once returned his video goes viral, but he is left in a position of needing to prove the video is real.

When Isaac meets Sara (Kuan) a fellow abduction victim, they start trying to spread the truth in search of one of the most famous victims, only for government agent Graves (Jones) to be hot on their trial, trying to learn the truth and stop any threat to the world.

Thoughts on Proximity

Characters – Isaac is the junior scientist that has been through his own problems, he is using video journals as a form of therapy, only his latest one sees him witnesses a meteor strike and meeting an alien catching it on camera. He finds himself on the run in an attempt to prove what really happened through that incident, which means he must search for the people who have also experienced the same incidents. Sara is one of the other victims, she joins Isaac on the journey for the truth as the two become closer on the journey. Zed is technology expert that helps get in contact with the person who has more knowledge for Isaac, while Agent Graves is tracking the people who claim to have been taken in search for his own answers, using his government power to get anything he wants.

PerformancesRyan Masson is the strongest of the performers, he does show the troubled side before and after his own incident showing us just how determined to get the truth out, he is. When it comes to the rest of the supporting cast, they don’t get as much as time to do enough in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a young man that get abducted as he looks to get the answers for why, needing to elude the government that want their own answers about everything. When we look at the core of the story, it does fit what we are used to seeing, with the victim needing to find their own way to a location which would give them the truth they are seeking with a government agent trying to stop them. Where this story can stand on its own, will be around the visit, the connections and changes, it is nice to see. The story however does have one giant weakness, that is trying to put the finger on who the target audience would be, because it plays out like it could be for younger audience, only it lacks any comedy which could smooth this age group and it doesn’t feel adult enough for just an adult audience.

Sci-FiThe sci-fi side of this film follows just how the aliens make contact and focusing on waiting for what might be the truth.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show us just how the events could happen to anyone and how people will learn to stay off the map for their own safety.

Scene of the Movie – The meeting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Certain travelling montages moments feel almost pointless.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting sci-fi movie that brings a nice approach to the story only to get caught in the middle of not being darker enough, or light enough to appeal to a target audience.

Overall: Simple Sci-Fi

Signature Entertainment presents Proximity on Digital HD from May 18th

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