i didnt know to expect when this started - it began choatic, quick and fast paced, like what youd expect from a trailer, blurred in with a documentry style that really didnt seem to work. the first character, the main guy, comes across as the office wierdo. i wasnt sure if that was rubbish acting, or if that was actually his characters personality. (trust me - its acting!)
this choatic start put me off to begin with. however, the concept and the story line kept me intruiged, and the fact it was set in Africa i found very interesting and entertaining. finally a unique take on the "aliens on earth" senario. The beginging although fast paced is important (although dragged out abit long) as it details the key events that occured after the aliens arrived.
i heard this film was one of the best for CGI - and again, at the start, when you first see the aliens, i wont lie, i was disapointed. they looked stupid, and the movement seems fake and robotic. but once again the story line and concept kept me coming back.
the documentary style in my opinion didnt really work - one scene where a soldier gets slaughtered instantly by an alien, and theres no sense of panic or "oh my god he's dead" just like "oh, well, lets move on then"
but - when the docu-style finally wears off and we go back to conventional film style we all know, trust, and love, everything changes. the main character suddenly lightens up, and as everything goes from bad to worse for him, your eyes stay glued, wondering whatevers gonna happen next. suddenly the CGI is in your face in full 1080p glory - the aliens look superbly rich in detail and texture. The action heats up, and when the guns are blazing, you just want more!
but ultimatley, its a story about one man and his struggle. and although you hated his cocky playing up to the camera, (told you it was acting at the start!) when his life is turned upside down, he becomes ballsy, gutsy, determined, and ruthless in his (at first) selfish quest.
by the end, youll wonder why you ever doubted this unique story, and curse yourself for not believing in the main character from the start. think of it as i did. if you have a camcorder yourself, youll notice how some people just naturally "act" differently when they are filmed.