Do you believe in Aliens? On a clear night looking up a vast mosaic of stars, it does make you wonder what is out there. At very least, we know a lot of our universe cannot be fully explained. It is a darkened sky and this bold curiosity that kicks off the premise of Encounter.
When an otherworldly object streaks the sky and crashes down to Earth, a group of friends decide to bring it home as a souvenir. Soon it becomes clear that this object will have a physical and emotional impact on any human it comes in contact with. To best describe the tone of Encounter, think Invasion Of The Body Snatchers or a more youthful, edgy version of Cocoon.
From the start, we know the stakes are high. Two FBI agents are tasked with tracking down and securing these foreign objects by any means necessary. It would appear these friends have no idea what danger they have put themselves in with this encounter. In that sense this movie is also a mystery that has flourishes of comedy.
Encounter is a Cronenberg style Sci-Fi Thriller. Without spoiling the story, I can say this movie has impressive practical effects that serves the story and adds production value. The main character is Will, he has reason to believe this alien object has more power then they could ever imagine. Luke Hemsworth (“Thor: Ragnarok“, “Westworld (TV)”) gives a stand out role as the complex character of Will.
All of the actors in Encounter gave a stellar performance. The cast includes Anna Hutchison (“The Cabin In The Woods”), Sarah Booth (“The Scarehouse”, “Last Call”) and even the well travelled actor Tom Atkins (“Lethal Weapon”, “Maniac Cop”). These actors were able to portray the subtle drama and emotion that is unearthed through the narrative of this story. Paul Salamoff, the writer/director of Encounter, crafted a well paced genre bending story.
If you are a fan of smart contained science fiction tales, Encounter is a movie for you. At times it will thrill, sometimes it may surprise, like with a gut punch of an ending you will not see coming. Encounter is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD and streaming on Amazon, I-Tunes and other platforms.