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The notion of human-alien miscegenation, and the prospect of what kind of offspring would come from such an unholy union, is nothing new in movieland, but InAlienable gives it a new spin by handling it as a legal drama, pitting government vs. individual in a fight to determine just who said offspring would belong to. Director Robert Dyke's film is loaded with actors who've put in time on sci-fi shows, from Star Trek (several incarnations, including the original), Stargate, Alien Nation, Babylon 5, and Battlestar Galactica. The latter's Richard Hatch stars as Dr. Eric Norris, a scientist who's continuing with his research despite being guilt-ridden over the death of his wife and son in a car crash. When a friend brings him a meteorlike object that he found in the desert and asks Norris to check it out, the doc doesn't give it much thought--until he wakes up pregnant, having been invaded by the alien life form that had been on board the meteor. The humanoid thing that emerges from his abdomen is dismissed as a parasite, but it carries enough of Norris's DNA for him to take a shine to it; indeed, he names it "Benjamin" and insists on referring to it as his son, scary tentacles and all. That's when the sinister guys in dark suits show up, insisting that Benjamin should be handed over to the feds for the good of all, followed by lawyers, courtroom scenes, and so on. Sure, the idea is preposterous, but it could have been a fun ride were it not for the fact that InAlienable is, quite simply, very poorly done, with cheesy special effects and laughable action sequences. As for the cast, Hatch is fine, but much of the rest of the acting is dreadful, especially Courtney Peldon as Norris's love interest and Walter Koenig, Star Trek's Mr. Chekov himself, as his vengeful boss; then again, Brando and Olivier would have had a tough time with this script (also Koenig's work). Cool idea, though. --Sam Graham
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the ending is a bit of a mess and rather predictable, but then it's confusing when the blonde woman is pregnant and we can only assume, or hope, that it is a human child in there this time instead of an alien.
Still, it is entertaining and filled with many Sci fi actors that fans will recognize; along with the others mentioned, there is Gary Graham, Patricia Tallman, JG Hertzler, etc.
Norris joys in his love for his octopus-like, half-alien son Benjamin. So yes, this movie abounds in Daddy issues, from Norris battling in court for custody of his son (interestingly, his defense sounds pro-life while Marina Sirtis of Star Trek: The Next Generation - Complete Series sounds pro-choice as she describes the alien as a parasite) to the Norris/Mayfield love affair. Benjamin wants his daddy, Mayfield wants her Daddy figure (who ends up fathering her child) It's got more Electra complexes than A Dangerous Method. It's a movie that's Jung at heart.
Unfortunately, this movie doesn't know what genre it wants to be. Is it a courtroom drama (complete with the most listless group of protesters)? After all, there is a REAL Judge Judy- Judy Levitt, Walter Koenig's wife since '65 and only 4 years his junior. Is it a romantic comedy? Is it science fiction? Is it horror? Is it a psychological exploration of older men and their younger female partners?It goes from in-jokes about Star Trek, to X-Files, to World of Warcraft posters. Walter Koenig also scripted it, so he must've been inspired at a Comic-Con. It's a love letter to cheesy sci-fi movies.
There is a tragic side to the movie as well. Andrew Koenig, who stars as the psychologically troubled Emil, eerily mirrors his own life;he passed away in February 2010 after going missing in British Columbia. Andrew's troubled portrayal showed his real life persona. May he rest in peace.
The ending is bittersweet. Mayfield is heavy with Norris' child, he doesn't acknowledge her, and she somewhat follows suit. Their eyes don't even meet. When Norris was pregnant, Mayfield cared for him, looked after him, it's sort of like how Sofia Tolstoy would nurse her much older husband Leo back to health and give him enemas, but how he'd ignore her when she was pregnant. Is the alien really a monster, or a symbolic representation of Norris' failed relationships with considerably younger women?
As science fiction, it somewhat fails. As Jungian psychology, it is FULL OF EPIC WIN.