Vigalondo has adopted a refreshingly grounded approach for Extraterrestrial, but the characters are too thinly-sketched for us to care about them as much as is needed, and there's always the feeling that the alien story might be a more interesting one to investigate. That said, the directorial style is interesting enough, with Vigalondo using various genre techniques such as a constant television feed that's being captured on a hand-held camera left outside the apartment. The cast do their best with what they have to work with. Villagrán and Jenner have some decent chemistry, while Areces invests enough mysteriousness into Ángel to keep everyone guessing as to his intentions. But the film as a whole feels too muddled to entertain and interest in equal amounts. Vigalondo may have done something bold in using an outside threat to bring out peoples real emotions and feelings, but Extraterrestrial feels unsatisfying in its execution and finale.
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