June 12, 2015 Ejecta (Movie Review)
Offering an original take on the genre, supernatural Thriller Ejecta was released in Canada on August 3, 2014 and in the US on February 27, 2015 in select theaters as well as on Video on Demand. Starring Julian Richings (Wrong Turn 2003, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightening Thief 2010), Lisa Houle (Pontypool 2008, Emily of the New Moon TV series) and Adam Seybold (The Chair 2007, Exit Humanity 2011), Ejecta was co-directed by Chad Archibald (Desperate Souls 2005, Antisocial 2013) and Matt Wiele (Exit Humanity 2011, Septic Man 2013), produced by Archibald and Cody Callahan (Antisocial 2013, Septic Man 2013) and written by Tony Burgess (Pontypool 2008, Septic Man 2013). An IFC Midnight and Foresight Features release, Ejecta’s music was composed by Steph Copeland (Antisocial 2013, The Door 2014) with special effects by Jeff (Resident Evil: Afterlife 2010, Silent Hill: Revelation 2012) and Jason Derushie (Exit Humanity 2011, Resident Evil: Retribution 2012).
The movie starts with three seemingly unrelated stories: the highly agitated Bill Cassidy (Richings) is being interviewed by cameraman Joe Sullivan (Seybold) and he talks about a past experience that left him with PTSD related symptoms, nightmares and sleepwalking; a night vision SWAT team bears down on a house in the woods as someone runs out of the trees and is shot; Cassidy is now tied to chair and tortured by Dr. Tobin (Houle), who wants him to tell her about something that had happened to him forty years previous. All of these chronicles eventually dovetail into one linear storyline regarding poor Bill Cassidy, a man who believes he experienced an alien encounter in the 1970s during a major solar flare and has lived in self-imposed exile ever since. At the advent of another major flare – called a coronal mass ejection – Cassidy contacts alien enthusiast and online blogger Joe Sullivan to experience and record the phenomenon with him and document anything that happens should he experience another extra terrestrial encounter. Most of the world thinks Cassidy is just another alien obsessed crackpot, but someone out there believes him – a secret organization that will stop at nothing to find out what he knows.
Upon the first viewing, Ejecta may seem like a convoluted mess that makes about as much sense running forward as it does backward. However, after a second time around, one realizes how the pieces fit together as the seemingly separate personalities of Cassidy react to each given situation. Fans of Giorgio Tsoukalos’s television docu-series In Search of Aliens, conspiracy theorists or Silk Road shoppers will have a ball with this schizoid character study nestled inside a surreal yet sometimes contradictory Sci-fi Horror combination. CrypticRock.com gives Ejecta 4 out of 5 stars.