That movie is 51, and it rates about a 2. Released under the After Dark Originals line on DVD, it takes place at that real-life Air Force base in Nevada, where the rumored Roswell UFOs are supposedly kept. In this flick, theres no rumor about it.
But dont tell that the reporters, led by Orbit Gum girl Vanessa Branch (Giselle of the inexplicably popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise). As theyre informed matter-of-factly by Col. Martin (Bruce Boxleitner, TRON: Legacy), There are no aliens to be found at Area 51. Cut to: aliens at Area 51.
Here, the longtime resident alien is Patient Zero, a naked, faceless, veiny thing that sits in an all-white room and listens to techno music. (The band is called Ice Spiders, says one military lackey, name-checking another terrible made-for-Syfy film.) Patient Zero can mimic humans, which is exactly how he/she/it escapes. Luckily, theres a way to tell whos not who: If your pupils dont contract or expand, youre not of this earth.
And so begins another tiresome rip-off of Alien, but several levels below, both in physical setting and quality. The only thing noteworthy about it that its directed by Jason Connery, which means odds are very good that James Bond himself has watched 51, which is something Id like to see. Meanwhile, Jason London (Dazed and Confused) is a guard forced into the action-hero role, while Boxleitner sounds just like Miguel Ferrer. When did that happen?
At least the flick looks slick. The DVD contains previews of many other After Dark Originals, almost all of which are better than this one. If youre going to watch any among the recent batch, The Task is your best bet. Rod Lott