Eventually a couple of dudes from Sera's
team, half brothers Anders (Alex Bell) and Roger (Michael
Ambruscato) get separated from the rest of the squad and end
up with Marissa and her new friend Joni (Cynthia Martin), and
just so you know, this about the time where 'Alien Dawn' which
was showing some promise as a bucket of entertaining, fast
moving, low budget nonsense… comes to a screeching halt.
Now, for the next… I don't know… half hour or more, we stay in
an abandoned warehouse with Marissa, Alex and Roger while they
bicker. Joni won't be with us much longer since Roger
gave her a jug of bleach to drink thinking it was water.
Roger is dumb. Of course we could ask why was there an
open container of bleach nearby where Joni was lying since I
didn't see anybody mopping any floors in this warehouse, but
we aren't going to ask that. Also, bleach bottles are
probably one the most recognizable bottle styles ever.
So people won't drink out them. Roger is
dumb. Regardless of Rogers's slowness, we are kind
of stuck in this warehouse watching these three 'relate' to
each other and it is not very pleasant and it takes forever to
get through. Every once in a while the monotony will
break with a newsflash, or our heroes will step outside to see
some fresh carnage, but those parts are disjointed as the
majority of the 'action' for this stretch of the film is
taking place in a warehouse with people who are absolutely no
fun to hang out with, and I'm also going to guess the actors
were improvising here.
Eventually they get out the warehouse and formulate some kind
of plan. I forget what it was. I do know that Sera
returns, and we did miss her, with some kid in tow who wants
to pee and is whining about the lack of toilet paper.
This added nothing to story but was amusing nonetheless.
But it does serve the purpose to reunite the crew and now they
can kick some alien ass. After Sera gets kidnapped by a
mutated Jaba the Hut with the large proboscis that it is using
on the poor woman for something less than positive.
Hopefully her friends with the big guns pointed at this
creature will shoot it before it does anymore damage.
We're waiting. She's screaming. Shoot it
please. Any day now.
It brings me no joy to tell you this but 'Alien Dawn' is
awful. Just awful. I've seen a few of Neil
Johnson's movies, starting with 'Battlespace' and if I was a
filmmaker who didn't have an awful lot of money and wanted a
movie with effects that belied my budget, I begging Team
Johnson to handle this for me. I mean the special
effects in this film, especially when taking into
consideration what the budget probably was, were
phenomenal. It's not ILM or Blur, like somebody could
afford them, but they are solid. If I'm needing some
really fit, really attractive young women to put in this movie
I can barely afford make, I'm calling my man Neil Johnson yet
again because he has a direct line to this action. But
if I need interesting dialog, if I need these attractive
actors competently directed, if I need this low budget movie
of mine to be paced properly… I probably can't call
And this is the problem with this movie that really has the
DNA to be low budget alien invasion gold with its above
average SFX and high body count. Erratic pacing, actors
who seem to have talent but aren't given much direction,
scenes that drag on way too long, not helped by dialog that
wasn't all that engaging, and an erratic edit which was nearly
as erratic as the pacing. This made for a 75 minute
movie that felt way longer than it needed to be.
I admire what my man Neil Johnson does, I really do, and the
man is prolific so it's not like he's listening to me anytime
soon, but 'Alien Dawn' was disappointing when it's plain
to see, at least to me, that it could've been a lot better.