Review: Occupation Rainfall
Cinema & Digital: Occupation Rainfall (2020)
Unfortunately I haven’t seen the first film so didn’t know the backstory to Occupation Rainfall. This films story takes place two years after an alien invasion, and an Australian band of survivors, along with some of the once hostile invaders now fight the ‘evil’ aliens in the hope of claiming the earth back for humanity and peace.
Matt Simmons (Dan Ewing) leads a group of soldiers across the war-torn land in the hope of finding a way to end the war and send the aliens back to wherever they came from. In the background is the legend of ‘Rainfall’ something – that no one knows exactly what it is, but might be the end of the world OR a way to destroy the aliens.
Now I’ve read a lot of really bad reviews of this film, and at 2hrs 8 mins it IS overlong. However, considering it was made with a relatively low budget I found it quite amazing and ambitious. It has many faults: the script, some (not all) of the acting, even the story itself, but to make a film of this scale, which really does look as good in some parts as a blockbuster from Hollywood, is incredible. The big set pieces are really something and Luke Sparke should have a pat on the back for achieving what he has.
The last half of the film does spiral into wtf? territory with Ken Jeong (who I don’t find funny) trying to be funny with a CG alien (Jason Issacs).
It’s a solid effort, ambitious but overlong. But definitely not as bad as other critics make out.
Someone give Sparke some money!
Signature Entertainment presents Occupation Rainfall in Cinemas and on Digital from 9 July.
Review by Tina from a streaming link kindly supplied by Signature Entertainment.