Aliens: Zone of Silence (2017) Horror Movie Review


“Aliens: Zone of Silence” is a found footage film that delves into the eerie and unexplained phenomena surrounding the Zone of Silence, a real desert area in Mexico known for its strange occurrences. The movie follows the story of a young woman, Morgan, who ventures into this desolate landscape in search of her missing brother. The film’s premise is built on the urban legend that the Zone of Silence is a hotspot for extraterrestrial activity and that it disrupts electronic equipment, setting a perfect stage for a sci-fi horror narrative.

The film, directed by Andy Fowler, attempts to capitalize on the found footage genre with mixed results. The lead actress, Sarah Hester, delivers a strong performance, carrying the film almost single-handedly through the vast and unforgiving desert. Her portrayal of determination mixed with vulnerability adds depth to her character, Morgan, who is driven by the love for her brother and the need for closure.

Visually, “Aliens: Zone of Silence” makes the most of its location. The desert scenes are well-executed, with the barren landscape providing a natural backdrop that enhances the film’s sense of isolation and suspense. The cinematography captures the harshness of the environment and the vastness of the desert, which becomes a character in its own right.

However, the film is not without its flaws. Critics have pointed out that the plot sometimes stretches the bounds of logic, with Morgan’s actions often coming across as reckless rather than brave. The decision to remain in the desert despite clear signs of danger is a point of contention for many viewers, who find it hard to sympathize with a character who ignores common sense and safety.

The movie’s pacing is another aspect that has received criticism. While some appreciate the slow build-up of tension, others find it lacking in real scares or tension, with spooky sounds and lights failing to deliver a truly frightening experience. The film’s climax, which aims to keep the nature of the “aliens” ambiguous, has been both praised for its subtlety and critiqued for its lack of clarity.

In the Nutshell

“Aliens: Zone of Silence” is a film that tries to bring a fresh perspective to the found footage genre and the sci-fi horror theme. It is a movie that will likely divide audiences, with some appreciating its atmospheric build-up and strong lead performance, while others may find it predictable and wanting in terms of horror elements. It stands as a testament to the challenges of low-budget filmmaking and the struggle to create something original within the confines of a well-trodden genre. For those interested in a slow-burn thriller that plays with the concept of the unknown, “Aliens: Zone of Silence” might be worth a watch, but it may not satisfy those looking for a conventional horror flick with clear resolutions. I giveĀ 4 out of 5 stars.

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Genre: Sci-Fi Found Footage

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  1. I liked this movie a lot. In my opinion it was very well done and it scared the shit out of me! I loved the ending and the part where she hears the message from back when the Voyager was sent up. Very well done indeed. I can’t wait to see more movies by Fowler:)

  2. Holy shit , there are so many grammar mistakes in This review, I honestly just couldn’t take it seriously. Was this originally in another language or is the writer not English? If so I apologize , I don’t mean to sound rude , but if you are going to write reviews and want to be taken serously , you have got to do some serious proof reading. I’m not the best speller and my punctuation isn’t always that great , but I also don’t write reviews for millions to see

  3. Holy fuck, Chelsea! For someone critiquing someone’s grammar, you sure do a shiit job of it yourself. You’re entire fkn sentence was a huge fkn run on sentence. The funny thing is, half of it was commas and there was a time after, “if so” where you couldve actually used that comma bt failed to. Get off your fkn high horse, cunt.

    1. Ahaaahahaha!!! You sir are my new best friend! I was thinking the EXACT same thing. I’m awful at all of that shit too but I would never be an ass like Ms. High Horse and actually try to tell someone else they are awful at it. I also love the part where she says she isn’t trying to be rude…Because we all know that is exactly what she was trying to do. People like her do that all the time. Cunt indeed good siršŸ˜‚


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