In this film, many mysterious happenings involving extraterrestrials have occurred around Snowdevil Mountain, Chile. This film introduces one of these bizarre and twisted stories.
The leading case we follow is about a young couple, Kevin (Domingo Guzman) and Evelyn (Romina Parazzo), who are camping at Snowdevil’s Mountain. On a beautiful, star-filled night, Kevin proposes to Evelyn. But during the night, Evelyn hears a noise which she investigates, and Kevin wakes up only to find that she has vanished. After searching for her the next day, he finally finds her completely naked and shaking, covered in some strange ooze. Naturally, Kevin takes her to a nearby doctor as something is not right with her. It becomes apparent that Evelyn was abducted by aliens and is now impregnated with something that craves fresh blood, sending them on the run.
At the start of the film, we are introduced to Kevin and Evelyn and shown that she has been impregnated, but the following scenes do not follow their story. Instead, the movie cuts to a different story from a different timeline and chooses to tell a new tale relating to aliens. Don’t worry; we find out what happens to our leads later on, but this back and forth pacing following other stories and characters only made me shake my head. The film attempts to cram far too much and makes a massive mess rather than just focusing on a core plot. The film also lies to its viewers right at the start by claiming we are about to see one of these twisted stories, not a few.
The quality and style of this film is questionable. There are times where I feel this film is attempting to be creative on a low budget, but then at other times, the film tries to tell the story in the style or manner of The Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activities, using a shaky handheld camera. I did not find this style pleasing but rather painful to follow and watch. The same could be said about pacing.
For the most part, the image quality is ok, but it certainly feels low quality compared to what I’d hoped for. Granted, this could be due to budget reasons. The film’s musical score is acceptable, but sadly, the music never fitted with what was on the screen thoughout the film.
Overall, there’s no polite way to say it; Embryo is a mess. Many of the elements in it feel far too familiar to other sci-fi films about alien abductions. The film also lies to its audience right at the start. Because it is crammed with multiple stories, it is challenging to care about any of the film’s actual leads we were initially introduced to. The pacing was a nightmare to follow with choppy edits and moments of shaky camera technique. Even with its short runtime, I couldn’t wait for this alien abduction to be over, and I felt cheated with its unsatisfying and incomplete ending.
Embryo (2020) Available on Digital from April 6th!