Adam R. Steigert is certainly no stranger to us especially with his previous films A Grim Becoming and Not Human (Ombis: Alien Invasion), but his latest project, STAR [Space Traveling Alien Reject] may just be his most ambitious work to date. And with limited funding, it was always going to be hard to put his vision to the screen, although I believe they have succeeded in part.
The film follows Greg Vincent (Chris Barbis), a once famous writer who is now a struggling alcoholic trying to suppress a traumatic time in his life. Not only is he dealing with a few issues, he is also in some serious debt with a notorious crime lord. So, he does the only thing he knows, trying to come up with his next story so he can be free from the looming mob, but inspiration may be closer than he thinks when STAR (Patrick Mallette), an alien from Mars crash lands on Earth.
The two soon find themselves together in a cabin with STAR hiding from an alien faction on his tail, while Greg is hiding from the mob. It soon becomes apparent that not only can STAR speak English, he’s also a little wise-cracking. STAR kind of reminds me of a cross between Yoda and Johnny 5, as he has this sense of knowledge about him but also the need for input. It also helps that Patrick Mallette gives the character some life.
So, while the two are on the run while trying to keep STAR hidden from anyone, Marissa Gaily (Aryn Fitzgerald) soon enters the void as well as her on-screen hero Alex Creed (Richard Satterwhite), who plays Devon Danger from a slew of Marissa’s favorite films such as Devon Danger vs. the Atomic Space Zombies. However, Creed likes to keep a private life and doesn’t live up to his on-screen persona of Devon Danger, much to Marissa’s disappointment, but she is persistent.
And here we have our ragtag of hero’s who try to make it through a slew of mobsters and the like while also getting to know more of Greg’s backstory, but it often feels as if too much is going on at once, we have mobsters chasing mobsters who are chasing Greg, but STAR is also caught up in the mix who could easily wipe them all out with his blaster, so it gets a little convoluted at times.
I do like how Marissa often has fantasies about how Devon Danger would settle certain scenarios if he was there, as the Danger character is a lot of fun as well as Marissa, they play off each other really well.
As for STAR, he has a great voice thanks to Mallette, and he really brings him to life, I don’t mind that you can see that it is clearly a puppet but I do wish some of the CGI was removed, especially during the final scenes as it just looked to out-of-place.
But the film has some fun moments, there is a bit of gore here and there, and STAR brings some comedy to the table, but I feel that it is Aryn Fitzgerald and Richard Satterwhite who truly steals the show. I had a lot of fun with their characters and they played them really well. I’d love to see an actual Devon Danger movie come to fruition, reminded me of the days of fun action films.
Yeah, STAR [Space Traveling Alien Reject] is nowhere near perfect but I had some fun. The film is a great popcorn flick with some fun characters, an intriguing alien and something that has the potential to go onto better things if they ever decide to do a sequel. But as I’ve said, I do applaud Steigert and the entire team for trying something quite ambitious, so give this one a watch if you’re after a little fun and keep those eyes peeled until after the credits.