So, you get bombed on a night out and wake up hungover in a strange bed at an apartment you have never been to before, you are only wearing your pants and there’s this strange girl you can’t remember making coffee. While that maybe a touch embarrassing, looking out of the window to discover the streets deserted and a bloody great spaceship is hovering over the city is a whole bunch more disturbing.
Yes, Julia (the lovely Michelle Jenner) and Julio (Julian Villagran) got so blitzed that they slept through the military evacuation of Madrid in Nacho Vigalondo’s Extraterrestrial. The only other person about is creepy stalker neighbour Angel (Carlos Areces) and just as you thought things could not get more complicated, Julia’s monster possessive boyfriend Carlos (Raul Cimes) rocks up. Angel fancies Julia and has figured that Julio probably did more than just crash the night. What’s a girl to do?
What we have in Extraterrestrial is a comedy of embarrassment in the mode of Woody Allen, as the drunken lovers are forced to devise an increasingly complex tangle of deceit and lies to prevent the ever more crazy Carlos from discovering their one-night stand. Probably the first alien invasion RomCom I have ever seen, Extraterrestrial has some nicely delivered witty dialogue and a couple of killer visual gags. It’s comforting to think that while presidents, scientists and fighter pilots will be gearing up for the final showdown with the invaders, the everyday folk will still be plotting and scheming to keep their inconvenient truths from one another.
No gore fest, but original and funny I give Extraterrestrial a 555/666.
Extraterrestrial with English subtitles is available now on DVD and download for £12.99.
Review by Simon Ball
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