Blu-ray Review: OCCUPATION

OCCUPATION was written and directed by Luke Sparke and stars Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, Stephany Jacobsen, Rhiannon Fish, Zachary Garred, Izzy Stevens, Charles Terrier, Charles Mesure, Trystan Go, Felix Williamson, Jacqueline McKenzie, Aaron Jeffery and Bruce Spence.

A town is suddenly plunged into darkness. In the sky, a fleet of spaceships appears. The aliens have been watching Earth for centuries; now they have arrived to seize control of our planet. As alien storm troopers cut a deadly swath through the countryside, a ragtag group of townspeople realize they must band together for a chance to strike back at the invaders in this explosive sci-fi film that grips from start to thrilling finish.

Occupation takes place in a small Australian community and follows a group of locals turned survivors that have to come together and fight back against a mysterious alien invasion. The heavily armed aliens land and begin taking out the stronger humans while they imprison the weaker ones so they can use them as slave labor. The band of human rebels quickly realize that they’re no match for the invaders when it comes to the heavy artillery and advanced technology that the aliens possess so they have to come up with other ways to counter the invasion. Think Red Dawn!

The small group of rebels end up finding out that there are other groups of survivors all over the land and as the old saying goes, there’s strength in numbers. When the growing human resistance really starts to fight back against the extraterrestrial threat using guerrilla warfare, this is when they end up discovering that their mysterious enemy’s world was destroyed, so that’s why they came to Earth, to start all over again. After many lives are lost, the two warring sides end up making a truce that is hopefully a sign that they can coexist and live in peace together on Earth.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Occupation ended up being a pretty cool alien invasion thriller that’s a cross between the fan favorite sci-fi drama Falling Skies and the two Skyline movies. Even though the story treaded a little on familiar territory, it was still interesting enough and so were the main characters because they were fun to follow and cheer on. I really enjoyed watching this small band of rebels take on the alien invasion and there was a lot of action to go along with that. I was also impressed with the design of these alien invaders, their weapons and ships because it all looked pretty darn cool. The movie had a modest budget of around $6 million dollars and you can tell they didn’t waste a penny because it all looked as good as what Hollywood has to offer, especially when it came to the impressive special effects. Sure, it’s not going to blow you away or anything like that but it is an exciting sci-fi movie that has a lot of heart. Occupation will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on September 25th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 120 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A


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