Isaac (Ryan Masson) is a young man working for NASA JPL as a computer engineer and has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Isaac sees a therapist regularly due to some personal matters and his therapist encourages him to do something different. She suggests that Isaac captures his thoughts and feelings on a video camera just like a diary. While taking a hike near a mountain and recording videos of his thoughts and current feelings, Isaac sees a meteor in the sky that lands nearby.
Soon Isaac discovers an Alien life form and Isaac himself gets abducted by the extra-terrestrial. Isaac then wakes up in a different location, goes home and discovers his whole body is now different since the abduction. Isaac can also see unusual things with the power of his mind and starts to tell others about this unusual experience. As he begins to tell others about the abduction, he even uploads a video clip on the internet showing everyone online that Aliens do exist. From this, he gains lots of interest from those who believe in aliens, TV networks, reporters, and the list goes on.
But unfortunately for Isaac, no one believes his story and everyone around him makes claims such as his video is false and accuses him of making the video. After all, what are the chances of being abducted and coincidentally having a video camera in his hands? Feeling annoyed and upset, Isaac decides to go on a personal mission to seek proof that Aliens do exist and prove that his abduction was a real encounter.
The costumes in Proximity are pleasing. More importantly, the visual effects are also positive to see. It’s quite obvious the filmmakers have paid attention to detail as they attempt to bring a new sci-fi film to movie lovers. The look of the Aliens is also pleasing in regard to the film’s CGI work.
As a plot, I was generally enjoying the start of this film and even the first half of this film had me invested. But when the second half of this film comes along, everything changes. The film’s tone, plot direction and side characters ultimately weaken the film. The runtime is also noticeable in the second half of the film, with dialogue and scenes that overstay their welcome.
The musical score throughout the film was a fascinating choice, and overall, it’s a mixed bag for me. At times it felt like an epic track remarkably similar to something we’ve heard in a Star Wars film and then at other times, the film attempts to be more retro, delivering a vibe from the 80s. Sadly nothing felt consistent in the soundtrack. However, it may sound impressive despite it not working for me and me feeling as though it didn’t match what was on the screen.
Overall, Proximity delivers a somewhat pleasing sci-fi film. The first half of this movie was quite enjoyable with a stable setup. Still, something changed in the second half, and the entire movie goes in a different direction with an entirely different vibe and slow pace. The film’s soundtrack is also questionable and I found it extremely unfitted to what was displayed on the big screen. It was also too like Star Wars or Tron. Movie lovers who enjoy films such as Close Encounter of the Third Kind are best suited to check this one out, even though some elements hold it back from being something extraordinary.
Proximity (2020) is Now Available on DVD