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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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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
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Time, Place, Myth and they're right here on Earth! Sept. 20 2000
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I believe that [some] miss the point and yet, simultaneously proves the point of Alien Visitor when they state that "there isn't much going on here". While it is true that we see no sleek space ships, ray guns, or interstellar battles, the film is rich in its storytelling and a modern mythology that makes historians and anthropologists (yes, guilty as charged) smack their lips. The principals have no names other the "She" and "the Wandering Man" but they fill the roles of ancient goddess and true believer which populates the creation and renewal stories, originally in an oral tradition but later written, which have survived from countless ancient civilizations, whether from the Near East, Africa, Aboriginal Australia or Native North America. Myth transcends time and the place is always the same: Earth! Again, Sci-fi, Action film fans may fall asleep in their popcorn, but for those who crave a good story which makes you think about where you come from, are now, and may soon be,it is a true diamond in the rough.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Alien Visitor July 13 2000
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Something piqued my interest about this film and I screened it only a few days after I got it. Sorry to say it left a bit to be desired. The story revolves around a 30 something Australian surveyor working mostly in the outback who is visited one night by a lovely woman who turns out to be an alien. She's not certain where she is, and when she finds out it's Earth, she's pretty ticked off. Seems we're considered the scum of the universe by the rest of the galactic brotherhood because of our supposed neglect for our planet. As a result she's really upset she was sent here for her assignment (whatever THAT is). She's always on him about something, but since he's a decent sort, they do manage to strike up a relationship (complete with ground rules) for at least a short period of time. As she has the ability to manipulte space and the way we perceive the flow of time, she proceeds to zoom him to different parts of the planet (though they mostly seem like different parts of Australia) to show him how our neglect for the planet is causing it to get sick in various ways. As they break off the relationship and she heads back home, he realizes she was right and begins a campaign to get us all to see the error of our ways and save the planet. He's successful to the point he becomes a folk hero. The main problem with this movie is its simplemindedness. She's on him for all the things we're doing wrong and he offers not one argument. He doesn't mention Green Peace or the EPA or any of the other organizations doing wonderful things to make people aware of the problems and come up with solutions. It's as though he's saying that she's right, lock, stock and barrel. I kept wanting for him to put her in her place with a few common sense observations. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars worthless, save for the unintended comedy in pretension
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Alien Visitor
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite movies
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. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003 by G. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcomed change of pace from sci-fi thrillers
Alien Visitor is a rare opportunity to view a well acted, brilliantly scripted and directed film that raises more questions than it answers. Read more
Published on May 26 2003 by Frederick Moe
4.0 out of 5 stars Alien Visitor
I won't re-review the simple plot, but would like to say that I like the pacing of the film. For most this would prove slow, but for writers and filmmakers the pacing and style of... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2000 by Neftali Cano
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
A great movie and a wonderful lovestory. Only for sensitive people and dreamer !
Published on Oct. 4 2000 by "heikodittmer"
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond time and space
A wonderful movie and a great love story. Only for dreamers and sensitive people !
Published on Oct. 1 2000 by "heikodittmer"
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