How to Provoke an Alien

Dale Midkiff in Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion (2000)

Bill Templer (Dale Midkiff) is the head of a top secret defence department, monitoring the airwaves and skies for signs of an alien attack. When he reports one such possible attack is about to happen there are those who think he has manufactured the situation to save his job rather than there being any real alien threat. When detective Kevin Anjanette (Dondre Whitfield) discovers it is all manufactured not only does Templer have head of security Ava Zurich (Chyna) deal with the detective but it appears there is really an alien armada in the sky, but a peaceful one which won't attack unless they are attacked first. The question is what is Templer up to and why?

"Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion" is a blah movie, the sort of movie which isn't completely terrible but at the same time often struggles to keep hold of your attention. And the reason for that is that 90% of the movie is generic; from Bill obviously being a man with ulterior motives to the look and all the other characters. It is the sort of movie which when it is over you will struggle to remember the characters or who played them and only the most ridiculous of scenes including one person escaping on push bike from the pursuing terminator like Ava on a motorbike.

Chyna in Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion (2000)

But being forgettable is a shame as "Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion" is a movie which could have been good simply down to the basic idea and mystery surrounding Bill Templar. Is he manufacturing an alien attack, is he actually an alien along with others he works with, if so what is his real motivation when it comes to firing on an alien armada in the sky when they show that they will be peaceful. It is this stepping stones of mystery which could have been the basis for a decent alien movie if it hadn't been made for TV and so made with various cliches and standard aspects, such as the look and camera work.

This issue of standard also covers the acting with Dale Midkiff trying to make Bill this nefarious guy but never really making it stick whilst Stephen Tobolowsky shows up again in one of those small parts which he frequently does in TV movies. In truth, and I know this is shallow, "Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion" features actresses such as Chyna and Whitney Dylan who you will remember for their looks rather than their performances or characters.

What this all boils down to is that "Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion" is one of those movies which out of curiosity you decide to watch only to discover that it really struggles to hold your attention because despite of the alien story so much of it is ordinary.

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