Blu-ray Review: PROJECT ITHACA

PROJECT ITHACA was directed by Nicholas Humphries from a screenplay by Anthony Artibello and Kevin C. Bjerkness and stars James Gallanders, Deragh Campbell, Daniel Fathers, Caroline Raynaud, Alex Woods, Konima Parkinson-Jones, John Novak and Caleb Marshall.

A thrilling blend of science fiction and horror, this film follows six strangers who struggle to free themselves from an alien abduction. A malevolent alien species has been abducting humans for decades…possibly centuries. Their endgame: to harvest enough human emotional energy to open a wormhole through which their spacecrafts can pass and conquer our world. To end this threat, the U.S. military initiates Project Ithaca, a top-secret plan to teleport a human-alien hybrid, SERA, aboard the “mother ship” to destroy it. SERA awakes inside the alien craft along with five others. Divided, they will die; only together, can they defeat the aliens and find a way home.

Project Ithaca follows six people who wake up on a mysterious alien spacecraft and they can’t remember how they got there. The characters are John Brighton (James Gallanders), Sera (Deragh Campbell), Perry Bulmer (Daniel Fathers), Alex Gauthier (Caroline Raynaud), Zack Chase (Alex Woods) and Rhonda Woods (Konima Parkinson-Jones) who discover they’re all from different timelines that the aliens have abducted and brought back to the ship to use as an energy source.

These ancient aliens have an advanced technology that allows them to play with their prisoners’ minds by infiltrating their memories. Needless to say, it’s a painful experience for these people – some more than others. What happens is, there’s a link between John and Sera who ends up being the key to their survival and the way out. The thing is, Sera has amnesia and has to remember how to “open the door” so she can ultimately save everyone from this mysterious enemy from another world that has actually always been there.

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, more artwork and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching 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, Project Ithaca is one of those movies that you might have to check out a few times before you really appreciate it because that’s how I handled it and really liked it a little more the second time around. The story about these six people from different time lines who get abducted by this mysterious alien species was interesting because they all end up together and their unfriendly host is a different kind of alien. I thought the cast did a really good job with their characters and there are some intense moments that these people have to endure to survive this terrifying experience that takes place in this isolated and claustrophobic setting inside an alien spacecraft. There were also some impressive special effects (practical and visual) to go along with it all. All in all, Project Ithaca ended up being something a little different as far as alien invasion and alien abduction movies go and I think this low budget sci-fi thriller is definitely worth a watch. Project Ithaca will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on August 6th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: R

Rated: 85 Minutes

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

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