Over the course of his a lengthy career, Jean-Claude Van Damme has fought most things that can be fought: crime, gangsters, cyborgs, himself, and let us not forget that rattlesnake from Hard Target. And now he’s set to roundhouse kick an alien invasion in the face in the upcoming sci-fi flick, UFO. Check out the first trailer for Dominic Burns’ British import.
Okay, calling this a Van Damme movie may be a bit of a stretch. You probably noticed that he doesn’t show up until the very end, and he doesn’t do much but sit there and cock a shotgun. Perhaps he plays a bigger role, but my money is on a cameo, or a smaller part where he gets one action scene and is then eviscerated by aliens.
The bulk of the plot revolves around Carrie (Bianca Bree, Van Damme’s real-life daughter, who, thus far in her career, has only appeared in movies with her father) and a crew of roustabout hooligans coping with a hostile alien force. UFO might look cheap compared to most of its big-budget compatriots, and it does have a generic title, but if you don’t mind some less than state-of-the-art special effects, this could be fun. There certainly appears to be a lot of action, and that can make up for a lot in my book.
First the power fails, followed shortly by all communications (if you’ve been watching Revolution, you’ll be reminded of that setup). When giant UFOs show up in the sky, things start to look bad. And when they attack, things go from bad to worse. In the wake of these attacks, “[f]ive friends attempt to navigate their way to survival amidst deteriorating chaos as the world descends into terror and anarchy during an alien invasion and interstellar war.”
IMDB lists UFO as in “post-production,” and there is no official release date yet. In addition to Bree and Van Damme, UFO stars Sean Brosnan, Simon Phillips, Julian Glover, and Sean Pertwee.