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Alien Visitor

Ullie Birve , Syd Brisbane , Rolf de Heer    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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The Australian outback has seldom looked so beautiful as it does in this pretentious excuse to cram environmental issues down our throats. Not that there's anything wrong with being green--far from it. It's just that the film's allegorical and pedantic style is off-putting, and film narrative doesn't easily support didactic storytelling without insulting the audience's intelligence. It seems that an alien known simply as "She" (Ullie Birve) has arrived on Earth, the armpit of the universe, due to some error on the part of her compadres. "She" ends up in the Australian outback where "She" meets "The Man" (Syd Brisbane), a gregarious every-Aussie and Earth's representative to superior aliens. If only there had been a vote. "She" has the ability to speed up and slow down time and then jaunt about the planet, and the two of them go mind-tripping around the globe as an excuse to show how awful we humans are, with our pollution and the plight of frogs. While their relationship flowers into something as beautiful as a friendship card, "The Man" (we learn from the narration) becomes the emissary of "She" and presumably saves the world. Once again, it takes these superior aliens to show us the way. Gag me with a billabong. --Jim Gay

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I have long been a fan of the best of Australian movies. So when this was recommmended as Aussie sci-fi, I took a chance. What rot. It is little more than a long commercial for radical environmentalists. I say that as one who loves the outdoors and bemoans urban sprawl that destroys wildlife. But both radical environmentalism, which far too often comes very close to hating the human race (oddly enough, except for the most environmentally destructive and least environmentally aware and concerned peoples: such as Marxists and black Africans and Haitians), and bad, boring, self-indulgent movies are revolting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alien Visitor Jan. 8 2004
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Format:DVD
This is a thoughtful film, that, in addition to the communication between the man and the woman, uses the beautiful Australian outback to emphasize the message. Yes, it has a strong environmental message, and at the end, an excellent speech is given about man's coming together to fight wars to right perceived wrongs, but as we continue to despoil the earth....we have yet to come together to "fight the war" to right the wrong that is being done to our own habitat: the earth. The photography is great. Makes one want to go to Australia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite movies Dec 5 2003
Format:DVD
What can I say, this movie is so good because of the way it shows humanity at both its unconciously worse and its highest potential. The centre of the story is a slowly building romance between an alien woman who sees earth as nothing more than a planet slowly commiting suicide, and a man who thinks things are pretty nice.
This film is a deep ecology showpiece, because it suggests that another life is possible besides the heavy industrialised one we have accepted as a default. I definitely ramped up my bicycle riding after watching. The jusxtaposition of the highway scenes over against the natural world is particularly powerful.
If you are looking for Star Trek you will be dissapointed, but if you are open to being taken on a world tour from a slightly different perspective then you are in for a treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcomed change of pace from sci-fi thrillers May 26 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Alien Visitor is a rare opportunity to view a well acted, brilliantly scripted and directed film that raises more questions than it answers. Alien Visitor is NOT (as it's title suggests) a science fiction thriller. It is the story of a woman from Epsilon who is abandoned on Earth - how and why is somewhat unclear. She meets a surveyor in the remote Australian outback and the story unfolds from there. Alien Visitor's themes revolve around relationships and our place in the universe, themes not often seriously explored in modern film. There are only five actors in the film, an elderly woman narrator, her two small granddaughters, and simply She and He - another rarity in film.
There are so few movies with an ecological message for the planet - this one resonates in a quiet yet powerful way. Readers of Daniel Quinn's book Ishmael will relate with the themes explored here. 5 stars!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Enlightened ET Sept. 12 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I think of the word 'alien' in the same sense that we now think of the word 'oriental' as compared to 'asian'. The word "alien", by its nature, presumes outsidedness, or a thing that is to be feared in some way, something illusive and deceptive. It is kind of odd to me that a film with a message of understanding and respect for the Earth to have alien in the title, and it is somewhat representative of the mentality expressed by the writers.
Let me say before I pick some of this apart that I really enjoyed the film and would recommend it to anyone who perhaps enjoyed "Koyaanisqatsi". Sadly, I think the people who are the intended targets of the message will be unwilling to examine this work. It is kind of preaching to the choir, but the photography combined with the dialogue makes for a compelling story.
I suppose the idea of the "she" character not wanting to be on Earth at the beginning was to show her transformation and how humanity has a likable side. However, any civilization that has the consciousness to be capable of space/time (4th/5th dimensional) travel would certainly show if anything pity and mercy on us, rather than anger and spite. There are, in fact, many ETs contacting and trying to contact us about these exact issues, and their access is not limited to fanciful movies or NASA.
One reviewer suggested that we are already doing some of what is suggested in the film. I am sorry to disagree with this optimistic appraisal of our current global situation, but let's be realistic in our evaluation of the relative power between multi-national corporations and the EPA. Invite your own extraterrestrial experience and see what happens . . .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly acted, scripted, and makes its point Nov. 2 2001
Format:DVD
If you are looking for a movie that reaffirms our age-old grandiose claims of being the superior life force, then this is not the movie for you. This movie dares to make you think, and dares to go against the grain. The visitor is a female who gets assigned to earth; the dregs of the universe, to try and convince us that what we are doing on this planet will cause us to become extinct. She uses the frog in a boiling pot analogy. If you place a frog in a pot that has boiling water it will leap out. If you place a frog in a pot of water and then start the fire under it, the frog will stay in the pot until it dies. The Earth, according to her, is the boiling pot that we are in. Like the frogs we are content to stay in the pot until we die. The alternative it to take drastic action to change how we use the Earth's resources and stop taking them for granted.
She chooses to approach a surveyor in the Australian outback. She decides that he will be the one she will attempt to convince and in turn he will carry the message to others. The movie then focuses on her efforts to convince the earthling of the urgency of her message. The bluntness of her message and its humbling nature will offend some viewers, which I think is a good thing. The fact that the alien character is a female will offend others who may think she needs to be "put in her place" as one reviewer stated. This is a being that can manipulate time, zip through distances covering millions of light years in a matter of seconds, so it is obvious that she knows her place. I love the fact that this movie offends some people. Indeed I felt uncomfortable in some parts, and that is the beauty of this movie. It dares to make us feel uncomfortable.
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