I have to confess I had never heard of EXILE prior to finding it in my mailbox. But I’m certainly glad the fine folks at Midnight Releasing saw fit to share it with me! Although the title might sound vague, the plot of this science fiction thriller is far from it. And despite the fact this is a low budget film, you could never tell it, thanks to a talented production team. Overall, EXILE is an excellent film, and I highly recommend it.
If you are not familiar with EXILE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Midnight Releasing:
Raised in isolation, the children of Sunderland face an all-consuming choice. They can attend school to learn the teachings of The Angel, an extraterrestrial being that arrived in Sunderland 10 years ago, and “Evolve” like their parents who were turned into mindless zombies, or they can fall; living their lives in the wasteland at the edge of the community where their small rebellions are tolerated as long as they remain within the confines of Sunderland. Like some of the other children David has already decided to fall when the time comes, but he has his own reasons: The Angel killed his mother.
I am so impressed with this film, from all aspects. It is not perfect, but it’s very close. I have not been this impressed with an indie production in a long time.
EXILE is shot well and looks great onscreen. This feels odd to state, given the fact that the locales are all desert dwellings that look like something you would find at the city dump. But it works for the film, and even helps to promote a sense of credibility for it.
The acting in EXILE is also impressive. The entire cast does a great job, especially those actors and actresses portraying the naive teenagers. I had no trouble believing their performances. I also enjoyed the voiceover by actress Dennice Cisneros, who plays the voice of The Angel. Cisneros is a talented vocalist, and I look forward to more of her work in the future.
The special effects are excellent, especially for a low budget film. The alien CG is sharp and does not look like an Atari 2600 game from 1983. Likewise, the gore is great, and there’s quite a bit of it. This film is a testament to how small funds do not have to equal cheap quality.
If I were forced to find a flaw with EXILE, I don’t think I could. The film starts off with a bang, and it never lets you go. I was enthralled the entire time. Although it’s not really a horror film, it will still appeal to gore-hounds and anyone looking for an original concept. I recommend giving EXILE a look. It is available now in a variety of formats.