They Are Among Us

Starring: Alison Eastwood, Michael Dilallo and Nana Visitor
Mosaic Entertainment
Certificate: 15
Available 06 December 2004

Seventeen year old Daniel notices some strange occurrences in his home town of Point Ridge. The subject of most suspicion is his own parents, Hugh and Colette. They talk in conspiratorial whispers, hide a mysterious box, and seem about to tell him something vitally important on several occasions before changing their minds. Finley arrives in town looking for her father and intending to continue his work. She tells a crazy story about everybody in the town being possessed by alien parasites. They soon discover that Colette is a host but Hugh is perfectly human. Daniel is important because on his eighteenth birthday he will become the first proper crossbreed, with the help of the pupae kept in the mysterious box. However, Daniel has other ideas and his father second thoughts. They will ultimately need the help of a few others, but who can they trust? And can they prevent the inevitable?...

First indications were that this They Are Among Us was going to fall into the cheap and easy Invasion of the Body Snatchers category. However, it does pick up and become more interesting. The problem here is this is far from being new territory; countless SF serials and films have covered this ground, perhaps most successfully with Dark Skies and its Majestic organisation.

Nana Visitor is well used to playing an alien from her work on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Bruce Boxleitner has proved himself a hundred times over on Babylon 5, but no matter how good his acting is it's not quite enough to cover some of the dialogue he is handed. When the guardian creature holds Daniel captive and Hugh fires a shotgun at it, he is forced to paraphrase Ripley from the Alien films by saying, "Get away from him, you son-of-a-bitch!"

Although this film is comfortable to watch, it breaks no new ground and offers no new slants on the concept of alien invasion from within, therefore rendering it average viewing.

Ty Power