Alien Autopsy (2006)
Running Time: 95 minutes
Directed by: Jonny Campbell
Starring: Declan Donnelly, Anthony McPartlin, Bill Pullman, Gotz Otto
Alien Autopsy is a British comedy film based on the infamous 1995 alien autopsy documentary that was supposedly shot during Roswell incident in 1947. The film starts with Ray Santilli (Donnelly) who makes a living by selling Elvis memorabilia and copied tapes of Hollywood films. One day, Ray decides to go to America to search for more Elvis memorabilia to sell back in London, and he recruits his friend, Gary Shoefield (McPartlin) to go along with him. During this trip, Ray stumbles across a silent black and white film from 1947 that depicts an autopsy of an alien that is supposedly killed in a UFO crash in Roswell. Harvey (Harry Dean Stanton), the owner of the film wants $30,000 for it, and the boys find an investor , a Hungarian art dealer, Laszlo Voros (Otto) who is willing to pay the amount for the film. However, due to the age of the film, and the humidity it was kept it, the boys find themselves purchased a completely unwatchable film. Afraid of Voros, they pair decided to remake the film based on Ray’s memories of what he saw when Harvey first show him. Once finished, Ray and Gary find themselves in the center of attention from the press from all over the world. Are they able to keep it a secret that the documentary is just a “remake?”
I think the film was pretty decent. It reminded me of other British films such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Black Sheep, etc. I’m not saying that it is exactly up-to-par to these other films, but the way it was shot and written reminded me of the way the Brits made their films. There’s always a certain kind of feel that makes it different from the Hollywood films which is great. Undoubtedly, there were lots of comedic moments with such a funny cast, but thankfully it did not undermine the story of the film. I was quite surprise with Ant and Dec’s performance, I mean they have always been known as the famous duo from television, the hosts of multiple UK shows, so it’s refreshing to watch them out of their TV personas and back to their acting gigs.
Overall, it’s an enjoyable film and definitely made me want to research more on the true story behind the scandal. Also, if you’re a fan of Ant and Dec, this is a must-see.
Rating: 5 ½ out of 10