Movie Review: ‘Alien Invasion: S.U.M.1’

Review by Caitlin Zeigler

S.U.M.1 (Iwan Rheon) is a soldier who has to spend 100 days in a defense tower and a small surrounding area to keep watch. Before this mission, he spent his entire life underground. The soldier who previously watched this tower had supposedly fallen ill and it’s up to S.U.M.1 to defend it now. He has to check the cameras and surrounding areas everyday to look out for aliens known as “Nonesuch”. As time goes on, S.U.M.1 starts to descend into madness. He can no longer tell if the problems that arise are from Nonesuch or if he’s losing his mind. He hears noises and sees things in the woods, but he has no proof that it is or isn’t Nonesuch. When he gets a shadow on camera that could be a Nonesuch, he is simply told that it’s his shadow.

When the power goes out, a mechanic known as MAC (André M. Hennicke) finally shows up days later. He tells S.U.M.1 that he’s just getting paranoid and there’s a reason behind everything, but the Nonesuch are real. When S.U.M.1 finally gives in to what he truly believes, it may be too late to do anything about it.

Tim Williams plays Base, S.U.M.1’s point of contact for everything and Rainer Werner provides the voice of V.A.X.7. This film has good acting, but it falls extremely flat. It drags all through the movie. It doesn’t keep you invested in the story well. You kind of just want to fast forward and skip to the end to know the ending. It doesn’t provide enough details or back story to keep you entertained or interested in what’s going on.

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