I would like you to close your eyes and imagine that you wake up one day with a crazy idea. The idea that you want to make a huge science-fiction movie, the story is there, it involves all that the majors can create, special effects, locations, actors, extras... it's all there in your mind.
And then this dream cannot be confined, it has to be a reality. You open your eyes and embark on a journey, with a dream and a budget that looks like the one you have for a shopping list.
Sounds crazy isn't it? Well, one man did exactly that, and his name is Simon Cox.
Now that things are put in context, you will understand the journey, a journey that took 17 years in the making.
The result is outstanding by any standard when it comes to independant films, resulting in the film being shown in cinemas as well as a distribution on almost every major platforms, being Sky (UK and Ireland), Virgin media, Amazon, Google Play Store etc... and it seems like a release is to be scheduled for the rest of Europe.
After the death of his young daughter, Thomas Dunn is a man who has lost his faith. His life has crumbled and his confidence is shattered. Yet, on this day he wakes to discover that Mandy, his loving wife is finally pregnant again. Maybe this is their chance to move away from the tragedy of the past and for him to find his faith again. But also on this day a large alien mother-ship appears in the heavens and the people of earth are suddenly plagued with visions about the end of civilization. Tom and Mandy are split up as the mother-ship launches a massive alien fleet which attack the towns and cities of earth. Tom must look deep within himself to find not just his faith but the wisdom and strength to save the human race from the horrors that threaten them. However, first he must find Mandy, as he discovers that their new baby holds the key to the future of mankind. The battle lines are drawn and the final stance for Earth is about to begin.
In a day and age of people raving at sharknado, where most of us grew up on power rangers special effects what is not to love about Invasion planet earth ?
Sure it falls short sometimes but it is a fantastic attempt with a complex story, visually good (remember budget was a shoe string)... And lots of hints at classics that rocked our 70s and 80s.
So grab some popcorn, relax, set back and let the invasion begin.
Simon Cox, Simon Bovey (co-writer)
Simon Haycock, Lucy Drive, Julie Hoult
Available (depending on the region you live in) at (click on the links):
And for the rest of the planet the DVD can be purchased: