‘Fear is a state of mind’
Alien Invasion: S.U.M.1 is a 2017 German science fiction film written and directed by Christian Pasquariello. Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) and André Hennicke (Pandorum; ABCs of Death 2) star.
An aggressive race of aliens took over Planet Earth and humanity’s at its end, living in giant bunkers below ground. Young military rookie S.U.M.1 (Iwan Rheon) is sent to the surface to save a group of unprotected survivors…
” …slow burn sci-fi without the ammunition to keep its entertainment artillery locked and loaded. Scenery has a gritty sheen and the story has enough intrigue to get S.U.M.1 going. Iwan Rheon also has the screen presence to keep pushing the plot forward. But admirable low-budget ambitions run short on unique ideas to maintain 90 minutes worth of momentum.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt
“S.U.M.1 wants to deal with the effects of isolation, boredom and paranoia but sadly really only produces boredom. The film reuses the same footage over and over to depict how monotonous and regimented his existence is, it quickly becomes just as tedious for us.” Jim Morazzini, Beneath the Underground
“Packing in its special effects in the first and final scenes, this film saves on money in the long middle stretches, restricting the action to a single room and a small patch of trees. Having been told little about the nature of the enemy, SUM1 jumps at every unfamiliar sound or movement, and we are invited to do likewise. This technique is intermittently successful.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
The film was previously titled SUM.
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