The First Man



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Reviewed by Woodyanders 7 / 10

Offbeat sci-fi obscurity

A male alien who's irresistible to any and all women who encounter him arrives on Earth. It's up to burnt-out government agent Jake (a sturdy performance by Michael Raynor) to find him. Meanwhile, female agents Louise (an excellent Lesley Ann Warren) and Nan (an equally fine Roxana Zal) fall under the guy's spell.

Writer/director Danny Kuchuck relates the occasionally murky, but overall interesting and intriguing story at a deliberate pace, maintains a quirky and enigmatic mood throughout, astutely pegs the thankless and stressful nature of being a secret agent for the government, and neatly explores the themes of loyalty and betrayal. The sound acting by the capable cast holds the picture together: Kane Picoy contributes a stand-out turn as the ruthless Phil while Ted Raimi and Heather Graham are charming as a pair of newlyweds. Maure Silverman's wonky electronic adds to the oddball atmosphere. Greg Littlewood's pretty cinematography offers a wealth of striking visuals. While this movie suffers a bit from plodding pacing and a sometimes jumbled narrative, it's nonetheless worth seeing for those with a taste for idiosyncratic low-budget sci-fi fare.

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