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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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 . . .
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.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 8 2004
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 morePublished on Dec 5 2003 by G. Butler
Alien Visitor is a rare opportunity to view a well acted, brilliantly scripted and directed film that raises more questions than it answers. Read morePublished on May 26 2003 by Frederick Moe
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 morePublished on Oct. 23 2000 by Neftali Cano
A great movie and a wonderful lovestory. Only for sensitive people and dreamer !Published on Oct. 4 2000