Friday, January 29, 2016

Year 5 Day 58

movie: Paul
starring; Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
genre: Sci-fi
year: 2011
format: Netflix Canada

plot: Two British sci-fi geeks find themselves in the company of a real alien, and have to run from the government

I pretty much love anything that has Simon Pegg in it.  I think that even though this film has moments of crude/raunchiness, it doesn't always feel that way given most of it is from an animated alien. A pot smoking alien with necromantic powers. That in itself was worth a few laughs.
And in typical sci-fi geek fashion, there's a lot of references to Star Wars, Star Trek (the biggest being Pegg himself as he plays Scotty in the New Era ST films) the MIB series, etc.  But my favourite little geeky in joke is the reference to Blade.  The Frost character -no pun intended- spends time debating on if he should buy a "black vampire " sword, which looks just like the one Wesley Snipes uses in the vampire trilogy.

This is basically a buddy road trip film dressed up as a large escape from the cops style film. There is the obvious E.T. and Starman references, with them running from the government, and a huge nod to Escape to Witch Mountain 

what did I learn? Even in an alien movie I still focused on the vampires

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