Alien Nation

Alien Nation

DVD - 2009
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Science fiction drama set in Los Angeles in the 1990's about a whole culture of aliens called "Newcomers" who land in the Mojave Desert and are allowed refuge by the U.S. government. In L.A. alone, there are 300,000 Newcomers, and Detective James Sykes, a veteran police officer, is out to avenge the death of his partner who was killed by one of the extra-terrestrials. Sykes' new partner Sam Francisco turns out to be the force's first Newcomer, and together they uncover a trail of murder leading to the worst drug epidemic ever to hit Planet Earth.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2009]
Branch Call Number: DVD ALIEN N
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 12, 2015

Thanks for the insightful review aaa5756! Basically this is a typical buddy/mismatched cop movie, but, you know, with aliens. James Caan is the tough, loose cannon cop who just lost his partner and Mandy Patinkin is his new by the book partner. Also Patinkin is an alien. In this case, the aliens are used to comment on racism/prejudice. And it's bad people. Kind of a sci-fi "In the Heat of the Night" in that way. "District 9" would take a similar approach years later, but is far more ambitious. The alien angle gives it some novelty, but otherwise it's familiar. Caan does his usual angry, macho thing, Patinkin is a good foil, and Terence Stamp plays the bad guy. Inspired a short-lived TV series.

aaa5756 Aug 16, 2011

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.” C+ DVD

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