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This bit of ‘once upon a time’ for those of us old enough to actually remember sets the tone for this stylish, micro-low-budget sci-fi thriller, set in small-town New Mexico in the late 1950s, and centering on two young people (Jake Horowitz and Sierra McCormick), who hear a strange sound over the radio and via a telephone switchboard.
That curious sound leads them down a virtual rabbit hole involving a potential close encounter of the third kind. Andrew Patterson’s feature debut, which won the Audience Award at last year’s Slamdance Film Festival, is engrossing and exceptionally well made, although at times it feels a tad ‘padded out’ as if it were meant to be a half-hour, black and white television show. Regardless, it’s an engrossing alien tale, and the slow build to its inevitable payoff is well worth the wait.
I watched it last night and highly recommend it, particularly if, like me, you are already a Sci-Fi fan.
This movie is rated PG-13 and is available on May 29 on Amazon Prime. It contains brief strong language. Running time: 89 minutes.
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