Movie Review: EJECTA Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack

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EJECTA was directed by Chad Archibald and Matt Wiele, written by Tony Burgess and stars Julian RichingsAdam SeyboldLisa Houle, Mark Gibson, Justin Darmanin, Ari Millen, Ry Barrett, Cat Hostick and Dee Wallace.

The movie centers around William Cassidy (Julian Richings), a man haunted by a lifetime of  alien encounters, searching for answers while evading  menacing  government agents. What happens is, Cassidy ends up being captured by the government and goes through some horrifying interrogations performed by the sinister Dr. Tobin (Lisa Houle) and her team. Dr. Tobin ends up realizing that these “procedures” that she’s putting Cassidy through are nothing compared to the horrors he went through when he was abducted by the aliens.

Ejecta centers mainly on the character William Cassidy and the small number of people (and aliens) who encounter him. This small sci-fi thriller interweaves William’s past and present to tell his story, from his early encounter with the aliens to everything he goes through, to the very end. What this man lives through is seriously horrifying and there’s also this mystery to him that slowly reveals itself as the movie plays out and I thought this was very well done. Cassidy ends up becoming a very paranoid man and the viewer gets to find out why. The movie also follows Joe Sullivan (Adam Seybold), a paranormal researcher who Cassidy invites to his secluded home in the woods so he can witness first hand what all Cassidy is going through with these aliens. Sullivan also ends up playing a much larger part in this alien abduction story that is ultimately revealed. There’s also Dr. Tobin (Lisa Houle), a sinister and ruthless person who will do anything to get the answers she’s looking for. What she does to William Cassidy is horrifying but she also ends up getting a severe dose of karma from what she’s been obsessed with and searching for the entire time. Needless to say, all of her questions are answered.

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Okay, alien invasion movies can be hit or miss and Ejecta really hit the mark as far as I’m concerned. The story was interesting, extremely dark and very violent at times. It’s a nice blend of horror and sci-fi. We’ve only had a few creepy alien abduction movies since Fire on the Sky and that was way back in 1993 which brings me back to this – these kind of movies can be hit or miss and unfortunately most of them have been a miss. The story for this sci-fi thriller keeps the viewer in suspense during this man’s violent interrogation until the very end when all hell breaks loose and the Ejecta is finally revealed. As far as the special effects go, they’re kept to a minimum because the movie is more story and character driven and it works. What SFX we do get all look really good. Where another recent alien abduction movie, Extraterrestrial, was loaded with cool special effects, Ejecta depends on its dark story, the uneasy atmosphere it sets off, and of course this man’s frightening journey. Chad Archibald and Matt Wiele did a really good job bringing Tony Burgess’ story to life on screen.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and an image. The reverse sleeve also features an image from the movie. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear on the high-definition disc and really good on the standard-definition disc.

Bottom line is, Ejecta ended up being a really interesting sci-fi thriller that not only deals with alien abduction but it offers up a fresh new approach to this genre. This is alien abduction versus government interrogation so who is the real villain here, is it the alien or the human or is it both? The suspense builds and keeps you interested as everything is slowly revealed. The movie had a touch of slow burn to it but the payoff was worth it. This Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack releases on August 18th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Scream Factory / IFC Midnight

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.00:1)

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.00:1)

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: None

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