Based on the short story by HP Lovecraft, The Gardner family - Parents Nathan and Theresa (Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson) and their three children Lavinia, Benny, and Jack (Madeleine Arthur, Brenden Mayer and Julian Hillard) live on a secluded farm. One day, a meteorite lands on their property and strange things begin to happen afterwards.
This film feels part Annihilation part Mandy. There's a bit of sci fi, a lot of neon pink, and some body horror thrown in. There's so truly gruesome imagery going on at times. I think at times the film has issues marrying all of these things together, but for a DVD watch, this is perfectly fine.
Madeleine Arthur gives my favorite performance in the film. Lavinia is our main point of view so it's easy to be on her side. Arthur throws everything into the performance. My other favorite character was Ward (Elliot Knight) a scientist that the Gardner family encounter and the one with the most sense in the entire film. Nic Cage is wildly uneven in this. Half the time he's trying to play it straight, the other half he's trying to go into full crazy Nic Cage mode, and it comes off as very phony and theatrical. You either go full crazy or none at all. There's no in between.
I was very impressed with the special effects and makeup in this. You can tell they didn't have a huge budget but they made it work and it never felt cheap. Plus, I'm a sucker for bright neon colors on film.
Memorable Quote: "Don't drink the water." - Ward (Elliot Knight)