Dominion: The Last Star Warrior (2015)

Director: Richard Lowry

Writer: Richard Lowry (Screenplay) Erick Hansen (Story)

Starring: Barry Lynch, Travis Hammer, Christine Joelle, Booboo Stewart, Lisa Marie, Sasha Jackson

 

Plot: In just FIVE days the world we know will change forever with devastating results. Jaelen an observer from another planet searches to find and rescue the human woman he fell in love with before it all happens. Robert Casey a retired US Intelligence agent turned UFO investigator races to discover what the yet to be known DOMINION has in store for the Human race.


Tagline – In just five days human existence as we know it will change forever.

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Thinking Persons Invasion Movie

 

Story: Dominion: The Last Star Warrior starts with retired US Intelligence agent Robert Casey (Lynch) who is interviewing a stranger Jaelen (Hammer) in his UFO investigation about an impending attack on Earth that will end life as we know it. Jaelen is from a different world and normally his people would defend against the attack, but they are battling their own war, other peaceful aliens including Tonjura (Marie) offer advice on how to prepare before evacuating themselves.

Jaelan unwilling to leave before his human love Alyssa (Joelle) is safe and freed from the torture of the government that has been warned about the ending coming, Robert races against time to help Jaelen before it is too late.

 

Thoughts on Dominion: The Last Star Warrior

 

Characters – Robert Casey is a former intelligence officer turn UFO hunter, he has a reputation for be honest in his hunt which has him welcomed into the community but hunted by his former employers. He helps Jaelen find his love while keeping the secret and accepting his fate. He has the smarts to stay ahead of the people in his field and understands that he can’t be the one to save anybody. Jaelen is the alien living among the humans, he has broken his own traditions by falling in love with a human and even though he knows the end is coming he won’t leave without her. Alyssa is the woman that Jaelen has fallen in love with, she is captured and being tortured in hope of locating Jaelen before he gives away the secret, she is the driving force for Jaelen and Robert to do the right thing.

PerformancesThe performances from the cast are good through the film, Barry Lynch gives us a truly believable character that is in search of the truth, both smart and ready to ask the difficult questions. Travis Hammer makes us believe his is from another planet through the film, Christine Joelle does well enough, she doesn’t have that much to do other than to have been in pain.

StoryThe story here follows the final days of Earth as we know it, we follow an UFO investigation and an alien as they race against time to locate a love and save as many humans as possible before the end date. The story does tell us from the opening that Earth did end and we follow the events leading up to this which is helpful because it changes the tone of the film, to be looking at where things could be going from an unknown invader. It shows love can cross any race and across the universe too. This isn’t all action, it plays into the idea of conspiracy which often get laughed off, while it turns out to be real, it does make this very interesting to see unfold.

Action/Sci-FiThe action is used few and far between, we have a couple of weak and basic car chases that seem very easy and have no peril. The sci-fi side of this is the highlight as we are left to see the idea of different species and races in the universe that have different ideas for Earth.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to place us where you would expect to see UFO investigators would be operating in.

Special EffectsThe effects are not used often, they are not the best but they work because we only have the inclusion of UFOs over fighting versions of them.


Scene of the Movie –
Final act.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The UFOs do like generic.

Final ThoughtsThis is a thinking sci-fi film, it isn’t about the battle for survival, it is look at how it will end, which is a nice twist and does play into the ideas of both good and bad in the universe.

 

Overall: Sci-fi fans to try this one out.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – We Are Still Here (2015)

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Director: Ted Geoghegan

Writer: Ted Geoghegan (Screenplay)

Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, Larry Fessenden, Monte Markham

 

Plot: In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands a sacrifice.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Horror

 

Story: We Are Still Here starts when Anne (Crampton) and Paul (Sensenig) move from the busy New York City to the quiet country after their son’s death. The house they buy has a history and learning of the history they start to experience strange occurrence around the house, Anne thinking it could be their son still trying to communicate.

Not knowing the truth of what is happening they call their son’s family friends May (Marie), Jacob (Fessenden), Daniella (Dakota) and Harry (Nicholson) to help answer the questions of the mystery within their home. As the four spend more time within the house the bigger picture becomes clearer and the spirits become a bigger presence within the home.

 

Thoughts on We Are Still Here

 

StoryLooking at the story we get a couple wanting to find a new life after losing their son, we also have idea that a house has a past which could bring the supernatural side to everything. the story is developed nicely over a couple of days which all works because everything unfolds scene by scene answering all the questions.

Horror The horror elements are all built up very nicely throughout the film here for the final blow out when everything gets unleashed.

Characters/PerformanceThe grieving parents do always make for strong leading characters because it is their move and belief they could communicate with their son that keeps them in place here. We do also have the friends who have connection to the underworld which work, we have the mysterious locals and of course we have the spirits looking for vengeance all adding up to a creepy horror list of characters.

The performances are all good throughout as we do believe both parent’s trying to cope with their loss in Crampton and Sensenig’s performances.

SettingsWe have a remote town for the setting which is filled with a secret, the secret is based within this one house which is isolated away from the rest of the town which is perfect for the horror needed in this film.

Special EffectsThe special effects going on through the film are brilliant because the spirit characters have such a uniquely terrifying look you will be scared that you could encounter them.

Final ThoughtsThis has terrifying created supernatural creatures that look original and will strike fear throughout.

 

Overall: This is one for all the horror fans out there.

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