Director(s): Chad Archibald, Matt Wiele
Cast: Julian Richings, Adam Seybold, Lisa Houle
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray + DVD Combo
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
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.
William Cassidy (Richings) made contact with an unknown life form 39 years ago and while dismissed as a liar by many, he was also respected and well known in other circles. A recluse by choice, on the evening of a large solar flare, filmmaker Joe Sullivan (Seybold) is mysteriously invited via email to join the legendary William at his secluded cabin. Following the events of that night, William is abducted by a questionable group of individuals appearing to be military and strapped to a chair only to be questioned and subjected to brutal methods of torture and information extraction wherein he is forced to revisit the terrifying events from the previous night in which an extraterrestrial craft landed on his property, all of which was filmed by Joe.
Chad Archibald and Matt Wiele together directed ‘Ejecta’ and they do quite the competent job at the helm guiding a script by Tony Burgess (Pontypool), for the most part doing an impressive job of keeping everything looking solid and clean, regardless of the surely minimal budget. Julian Richings (TV’s Supernatural) delivers a notable performance in his portrayal of the troubled William Cassidy, although the rest of the cast is more hit or miss, with a number of the performances bordering on comical which if intended (though not likely) seems oddly out of place.
‘Ejecta’ is a fun alien invasion tale which brings some refreshingly original ideas to the genre as it jumps between a critical night of extraterrestrial activity and the subsequent interrogation of an individual who was front and center for the whole fiasco. While ‘Ejecta’ is unique and features a fantastic performance by Julian Richings, some of the acting and random unexplained (or poorly explained) activity that occurs unfortunately does take away from the positive aspects to a degree. Overall, ‘Ejecta’ is an enjoyable and often quite bloody alien invasion thriller with some fresh ideas and is well worth a watch, especially for genre fans, although you might want to rent this one prior to picking up your copy to make certain it’s up your alley.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Ejecta’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing a 2.00:1 Aspect Ratio, although the aspect ratio does shift throughout as the film jumps to and from interview recordings and current activity. The video presentation looks great as a whole, delivering a sharp and detailed presentation that holds up impressively during both the fast moving and darkly lit sequences which are so regular in the movie, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or unintentionally rendered indiscernible or distorted. Overall, this is a top notch high definition video presentation complimented by a notably hefty bitrate.
The Blu-Ray release includes a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds fantastic, providing a loud, aggressive and clean audio presentation throughout, utilizing all five available channels more often than not to surround the viewer with everything from a plethora of suitably creepy and random auditory effects, to birds signing and shifting during even the tamer moments; never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to be rendered inaudible. Overall, this is an impressive 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that should easily satisfy the masses.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Ejecta’ doesn’t contain any extras, merely the Theatrical Trailer for the film.
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Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
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