Extraterrestrel_-_PosterDirector: Nacho Vigalondo
Screenplay: Nacho Vigalondo
Producers:Nacho Vigalondo
Starring: Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces, Julián Villagrán, Raúl Cimas, Miguel Noguera
Year: 2011
Country: Spain
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 90 min

When I first watched this movie I was expecting something completely different. I was anticipating a classic apocalyptic sci-fi horror that showed the end of the world with the survival of a few people in pure chaos, similar to Speilberg’s War of the Worlds. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find an ingenious romantic comedy that focuses upon two people who have a one-night stand and a possible alien invasion happening around them.

Julio played by Julián Villagrán, wakes up in a beautiful apartment with no idea where he is or how he got there with the worlds largest hangover. He realises he is in the apartment of a beautiful girl who he possibly slept with the night before. After Julia played by Michelle Jenner, asks the awkward question of “what’s your name again?” they both realise that an alien invasion could be possibly happening outside, as a gigantic flying saucer is hovering above them, covering four miles of Spain. Realising that it’s too dangerous to leave Julia’s apartment, Julio has his excuse to stay and try and rekindle things with Julia. All is fine until Julia’s crazy next-door neighbour Angel (Carlos Areces), and Julia’s long-term boyfriend Carlos (Raul Cimas) turns up and complicates the situation much more as Angel finds out Julia and Julio had a one-night stand and threatens to tell Carlos about it as he is also in love with Julia.

This film is certainly tongue-in-cheek showing a love triangle between Carlos, Julio and Julia and Angel who tags himself along as the neighbour from hell who you can’t get rid of, no matter how hard you try. Even the amateur news reporter, who is highly inappropriate on camera, adds something different to the story and keeps the atmosphere light in a very strange situation. Nacho Vigalondo who wrote, directed and produced the movie on a low budget, made a film that has traits of There’s Something about Mary combined with The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, holding itself well with a lot of slapstick awkward humour that entices an audience and drives the plot of the movie in a fresh and unique way similar to any Woody Allen movie.

If you are sick of watching the same old apocalyptic end of the world sci-fi horrors and require something unusual, I recommend this film. It’s fun, upbeat and will brighten up any bad day.

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