Article #1546 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-8-2005
Posting Date: 11-5-2005
Directed by Alan Bridges
Featuring Edward Judd, Yoko Tani, Valerie Gearon
When an old man in his car accidentally hits a man in a strange uniform, he brings the injured man to a hospital. Upon discovering that the injured man is an alien, the staff and residents of the hospital find themselves trapped inside by a force field.
I blow a little hot and cold on British science fiction and horror. I feel they pay a lot of attention to detail, and as a result, they tend to move a little slower than their American counterparts. Sometimes this makes their movies more intriguing, and sometimes it makes them more tedious. Fortunately, this is one of the movies that falls into the former category. It’s fascinating to watch the various parts of the story fall into place; in particular, I love the way the movie illustrates the momentary failure of electricity that marks the arrival of the aliens, and the way the interesting character relationships pull your attention to some points of exposition. The movie does remind you of several other science fiction movies; the idea of humans being caught up in a chase among aliens for a criminal popped up in THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS (and would also pop up in THE HIDDEN), the alien being hit by a car reminds me a little of INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN, and the fact that for most of the movie one alien is a hospital patient recalls the opening of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. All in all, this one is very effective; only a disappointing ending drags it down.