Let me cut right to it. Ejecta didn’t quite get me the way I wanted it to. I can appreciate that it plays off of some of the same tropes that made the X-Files so successful, but the picture is a whole lot of nothing going on. Let’s tie a guy to seat and then listen to him argue and ramble. Let’s interrogate this guy and see what we can figure out about extraterrestrials. It’s a whole lot of talking, not a great deal of action, and I couldn’t help but feel that I’d seen things like this before in works of short fiction that were more concise that tackled the subject matter better.
Ejecta is a movie that I can’t say I loved, but if you can make it through the rather lengthy, uneventful interrogation process, you can see something pretty damn cool in the end. I would have preferred it as a short film. As one who has reviewed for IFC Midnight for some time, this occasionally happens. They pick up movies with strong plots that probably should have been short films that hit the festival circuit and generate enough energy to get acquired. I truly do no mean disrespect to the film. It has merit, but it’s more like digging through a box of sand for fake dino bones than presenting itself in a structurally strong way where it might capitalize on short bursts of tension rather than going for the long game.
Ejecta does have a number of strong performances and some of the effects work is good. It’s a modern movie and it looks great in HD. You canorder Ejecta now from Scream Factory courtesy of IFC Midnight.
From IFC Midnight/Scream Factory:
A horrific alien invasion forces two men to fight for their lives during one universe-altering night of terror. This nerve-shredding film stars Julian Richings (Cube, X-Men: The Last Stand) in a tour-de-force performance as William Cassidy, a man who, following decades of frightening extraterrestrial encounters, is now trapped in a living hell of fear and paranoia. On the evening of a massive solar flare, Cassidy invites paranormal researcher Joe Sullivan (Adam Seybold, Exit Humanity) to his secluded home in the woods. What occurs there will change both men—and possibly the Earth—forever. Directed by Chad Archibald (The Drownsman) and Matt Wiele (Septic Man), the film also stars Lisa Houle (Pontypool) and Dee Wallace (The Howling). Ejecta was produced by Jesse Thomas Cook, John Geddes and Matt Wiele through their genre production company Foresight Features.