UFO (2018) Review
My Bloody Reviews Verdict 8

UFO (2018) Review Derek (Alex Sharp) a brilliant college student, haunted by a childhood UFO sighting, believes that mysterious sightings reported at multiple airports across the United States are UFO’s. With the help of his girlfriend, Natalie (Ella Purnell), and his advanced mathematics professor, Dr. Hendricks (X-Files’ Gillian Anderson), Derek races to unravel the mystery ..

Summary Rating: 8.0 from 10 8.0 great

UFO (2018) Review

UFO (2018) Review

Derek (Alex Sharp) a brilliant college student, haunted by a childhood UFO sighting, believes that mysterious sightings reported at multiple airports across the United States are UFO’s. With the help of his girlfriend, Natalie (Ella Purnell), and his advanced mathematics professor, Dr. Hendricks (X-Files’ Gillian Anderson), Derek races to unravel the mystery with FBI special agent Franklin Ahls (David Strathairn) on his heels.

Talk about stunt casting! Here’s a film entitled UFO that happens to star the Nineties poster girl for all things extra-terrestrial, Gillian Anderson AKA Scully herself from TV’s The X Files. It rang alarm bells but I shouldn’t have heeded their rings as Miss Anderson is not one for signing up for any old tat. She’s built up a impressive acting CV since that TV zeitgeist moment – aside from the anomaly that was Johnny English Reborn (2011) – and would be unlikely just to headline a film just for the sake of reference. As it happens UFO is an absolute gem of a flick.

Writer/director Ryan Eslinger’s film is by no means perfect and may prove too wordy and complex to appeal to a wider, more general audience but for those that like intelligent sci-fi, such as Arrival, this will offer a more cerebral experience than you’ll be likely to encounter inside multiplexes nowadays. This isn’t a film about special effects; it’s a film about a gifted student standing up for the truth and his reasoning behind the theory he has reached. It’s a film about words that weighs heavily in the realms of mathematics which will leave some amongst you cold.

The film is inspired by an incident at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, in 2006, where an unidentified flying object was allegedly witnessed by passengers, ramp mechanics and pilots. Eslinger focuses on the subsequent cover-up and in doing so shares some DNA with Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Both films tackle ordinary people trying to make sense of what they believe they saw whilst officials do their utmost to bury the truth. Unlike Close Encounters there’s no fantastic light show but a search for the true that leads to a tight, tense viewing that has you punching the air Rocky-style come the climax.

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