CROSSBREED has brought us what we’ve all been yearning for; a strong, black, female president. Ugh, if only it weren’t a movie. Thank you, Vivica A. Fox, for giving us this treasure, if only for a few minutes. It was truly refreshing to think of what we could have, instead of crying about what we do have.
CROSSBREED, directed by Brandon Slagle (House of Manson), and written by Slagle and Robert Thompson (Escape From Ensenada) is not your run-of-the-mill alien flick. The synopsis from IMDB states: “In the near future, the President of the New United States of America hires a team of military veterans to retrieve an alien bio-weapon from a top secret research facility orbiting the Earth.” President Ellen Henricksen and Secretary of Defense Weathers (Daniel Baldwin - Hawaii Five-0) enlist Adam ‘Boss’ Ryker (Stink Fisher - The Lovely Bones) and his army of misfits to finish the job when their first choice, Murphy (Vernon Wells - Weird Science) is killed during the mission. But much to group’s surprise, this isn’t the type of retrieval they were expecting, when they realize they are to bring back a dangerous alien bio-weapon (Devanny Pinn - House of Manson) and deliver it to a government that was double-crossed.
I wanted to really love this movie. A black, female president, a Baldwin, and a sexy alien all set in space? Hell yeah, I’m all in! But I have to admit, it wasn’t all successful. When I’m watching a film like this, I want tons of action, blood spill, and a scary alien. While it did deliver on most of that, I thought it might be about 15 minutes too long, with too much hunting, and too much talking. But let’s talk about The Crossbreed, as it’s called. I have to give huge kudos to Devanny Pinn for not being afraid to get slimy and dirty and truly embrace the character with full on body paint and prosthetics. Despite the fact of it being an indie film, I have to also give props for the impressive computer graphics and set design. I also have to always commend excellent cinematography, thanks to Johnny Kearn (God’s Not Dead) and a fun soundtrack courtesy of E. Rex and Brandon Van Vliet. I am also deeply impressed with the alien cocoon scene, and have to admit that was my favorite part. And even regardless of some pacing issues, CROSSBREED is a fun film from an up-and-coming director and I look forward to what’s in the future.