Yesterday io9 posted a link to a weird French indie sci-film called Invaders From Space. The concept was a simple but crazy one. What is the aliens from the 1980s arcade game Space Invaders actually invaded the earth – which is what I guess happens every time you lose the game. Interested? Then click the play button below:INVADERS FROM SPACE from Thomas lesourd on Vimeo.
Directed by Thomas Lesourd the film is a wonderfully random little movie with an interesting spin on a modern classic tale done in a random and interesting way. The inter-cutting of old and new footage is a smart idea as it gives the film a unique look. The mostly black and white footage makes the aliens stand out and make them quite eerie. By bleaching out the colour from the newer footage, it unnerves the watcher so they aren’t quite sure what is happening.
My favourite scenes are the ones at the very beginning of the film where we see the aliens invade, whether it is the shadow of the alien across the earth, like one of the saucers from Independence Day, or the exploding vehicles in New York and Antananarivo in Madagascar.
There are a couple of things I don’t like about the film. I’m unsure what the pens things that people wear around their necks are meant to be. I’m assuming some kind of ID although that isn’t obvious. However, the biggest flaw in the movie is the soundtrack. The original soundtrack for the game, as you can hear in the video below, sounds like something out of a horror movie. You can imagine those beats being the footsteps of any number of murderous and horrible monsters. The music that Invaders From Space has chosen is a dance track and so, for me, makes the whole film feel like a video for a European dance group. I think the film would have been much more effective with something similar to the game’s original score.