Welcome Scribbler horror fans! Old Man Feind once again dove into some Sci-Fi horror, so did he fare any better this time than he did with Extraterrestrial? Find out in the oddly named…
So I was trying to find something to watch the other night and had no idea what I was really in the mood for. I needed something good but ya never know what’s gonna be a hit and what is gonna be a huge miss. I was really in no mood for a miss… again. I’ve had a few lately admittedly. Again I take no pleasure in straight up trashing a flick unless it’s so bad it offends me with its awfulness so I don’t waste my time or yours on the total stinkers if I can help it. It’s actually more fun to sucker Cult into watching them HAHAHAHA! Anyway as I was looking I came across this one that was listed as just sci-fi but the description sounded like horror to me so I marked it for later and watched something else for the time being (also sci-fi which was actually coincidence). A little while later I came back to it assuming I would probably end up shutting it off a few minutes in but did I? That would be a No but it’s actually a good thing I didn’t look up any info on the film first or I probably never would have hit play.
A quick look at Ejecta’s IMDb page to make sure I had the director’s name(s) correct I clicked to see what they had worked on previously. I thought I recognized the names and then I saw why… fucking Septic Man which I reviewed several months ago. While that wasn’t the worst film ever or anything it was just a film that couldn’t seem to decide WTF it wanted to be which to me is a sign of poor direction. But luckily I didn’t look at that first and so I began Ejecta. For a moment I held my breath as the first scene had me rolling my eyes and groaning as it looked like this may be another damn “found footage” type flick. Isn’t everyone fucking sick of that shit already? Anyway the film progresses and it’s a bit of a mix of film styles from the “found footage” aspect of a documentary in the making to normal shot movie footage to some video game-esque POV (If you’ve played any games like Call of Duty you’ll recognize the style immediately). If the film was all found footage type crap I would’ve shut it off as I’m just sick to fucking death of that crap but Ejecta wasn’t and it at least had me interested from early on. So, like me, you’re probably wondering just what the title “Ejecta” means after all it is a bit of an odd word.
I was at least correct in my interpretation of the brief synopsis that I read that there was as much of a horror element here as there was sci-fi. The film is essentially about William, a man who claims to have had an encounter with aliens some 30 years ago that has left him a tormented and tortured person ever since. The film cuts back and forth as we see William has been captured by some sort of nefarious military types then with footage from a documentary that was being made about him (the found footage style of the film) by a young man named Joseph Sullivan (Adam Seybold) and finally with the POV camera views of the nefarious military types out on some unknown mission. It actually all worked quite well as William’s story unfolds.
Now as for the “what the hell does Ejecta mean?” question. It is mainly a reference to mass solar ejections or coronal mass ejections otherwise known as solar flares generally speaking. A real CME is usually nothing of consequence as they do happen pretty frequently doing little more than causing some satellite interference which anyone with a mini dish on their house can tell you is annoying but brief. This film, however, is talking about a far less frequent powerful CME which is more like the Earth being hit by a massive EMP (electro-magnetic pulse). The last known massive one (this is a fact btw you can look it up) happened in the 1859 before electricity ruled our lives. If it were to happen today it would and could potentially be catastrophic but Ejecta takes another path. Rather than show the Earth in the apocalyptic aftermath of a huge CME (which would be more the norm by today’s typical movie) I commend the writer, Tony Burgess, for doing something very different instead. I won’t spoil it only to say something is hiding in the solar flare as well as inside William.
Where Septic Man couldn’t decide if it wanted to be an over the top Troma-esque film or a gritty realistic film, Ejecta suffers no such identity crisis. I don’t know who was making the decisions on Septic Man but Ejecta feels very gritty and realistic all the way through. Part of this is due to the excellent portrayal of William by Julian Richings who has an extensive filmography in both movies and TV mostly in small bit roles which I can now say is quite a shame because he is quite skilled and it’s his performance that elevates Ejecta where it could have easily been quite awful though it is well written and directed also. Honestly I would say he is damn near perfect in the role of William as you truly believe what he is telling you, as the viewer. There was a small part toward the end that I didn’t care for but it was a voice effect I didn’t think worked particularly well not a failure in Richings’ performance. I’d like to say more but it will only spoil it so I will only say that Ejecta is worth watching for Richings' performance alone which I can pleasantly say is about 85-90% of the movie.
I’ve made it pretty easy for you to tell that I really enjoyed Ejecta. The story is well told and again unlike Septic Man it sets a tone and keeps it all the way through. Ejecta is superbly written and again I can’t say enough good things about Richings' performance, it’s that good! If this team makes more films like Ejecta and less like Septic Man count me along for the ride and even with Septic Man there were long stretches that were really excellent only to majorly fail in a few other areas. So it would appear that Old Man Feind struck a little Indie Horror gold with this one because I do highly recommend it. After a few minutes of initial trepidation Ejecta passed The Scribbler Clock Test with flying colors as I never found myself checking to see how much time was left or checking my watch. I’ll definitely watch it again just for Julian Richings performance so hopefully this gets him some big offers though if you give his IMDb credits a gander you can see the man is a workaholic with several films set to come out soon. So I thank you Mr Richings as you certainly made Ejecta…
*And just a quick sidenote Ejecta takes place on Earth with its sci-fi element coming here rather than us venturing into space
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Feind loves watching movies of all kinds so if we watch it, we tell whether you should as well. I'll share mostly horror but I also enjoy everything from big Blockbusters to micro-budget Independent films.
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