REVIEW: AMAZON’S MOST IMAGINATIVE SCI-FI THRILLER OF 2021 IS NOW AVAILABLE

Amazon’s night sky, a GLOWING ASTEROID is hurtling toward Earth. Mosquitoes, woodland insects, and a microbe that burrows into your human host’s bloodstream. Before exploring everything it finds is all a part of the problem.

The opening shot of Encounter is a contender for the year’s most memorable image. This one has the potential to be the most deceptive.

Entomophobes will be horrified to learn that aliens will adapt films such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing.

A nocturnal road thriller, a coming-of-age film, and a psychological drama influenced by the War on Terror are created in place of science fiction and terror.

Plot

Malik Khan (Riz Ahmed) is a troubled former Special Forces Marine and absent father who believes his mental illness is caused by “non-terrestrial microorganisms”.

At least half of the population has been infected with the virus. Beginning December 10, Encounter will be available on Amazon’s Prime Video. When he isn’t dousing himself in insecticide, he is combing through government files for evidence of a ruse.

Those who have seen William Friedkin’s Bug may recognize this. A soldier who claims to have been infected by some sort of biological experiment, played by Michael Shannon, featured in the 2006 horror film?

Malik notices a number of creepy crawlies emerging from the walls of his filthy motel, similar to Encounter

In their film, which they co-wrote, director Michael Pearce (2017’s underrated Beast) and co-writer Joe Barton (iBoy, The Ritual) make things clear from the start.

Malik kidnaps Bobby (Aditya Geddada) and Jay (Lucian-River Chauhan) in the middle of the night and transports them to an Arizona desert “rescue mission” operational base. Janet (Janina Gavankar) and her new husband Rory are being held in the garage by their estranged ex-husband (Rory Cochrane).

Both children are overjoyed to see their father and hear his promises of no strict bedtimes and an unlimited supply of sweets for the first time in more than two years. However, as time passes, they realize that their father is merely ranting about aliens and media blackouts.

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