Film Review – Occupation Rainfall (2020)

The race is on to save the planet in Occupation Rainfall, an epic sci-fi action adventure featuring an all-star cast including Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter franchise, Star Trek: Discovery), Temuera Morrison (Star Wars universe, incl. The Mandalorian) and Ken Jeong (The Hangover).

Fully-realised with stunning visual effects Occupation Rainfall thrills from the get-go, exploding out of the gate with hard-hitting action, blistering aerial dogfights, an array of alien creatures, and a hilarious double act between Ken Jeong and Jason Isaacs playing a movie-obsessed alien.

From the VFX team behind The Last Jedi and Blade Runner 2049, Occupation Rainfall is directed by Luke Sparke and stars Jason Isaacs, Temuera Morrison, Ken Jeong, Daniel Gillies (The Vampire Diaries), Dan Ewing (Love and Monsters), Jet Tranter (Thor: Ragnarok) and Mark Coles Smith (Picnic at Hanging Rock), in an explosive sci-fi extravaganza that grips from start to thrilling finish.

Synopsis

After a devastating intergalactic invasion of Earth, desperate human survivors and renegade aliens are struggling to fight back against the intergalactic threat in a desperate ground war. With the alien invaders hell-bent on making Earth their new home, the fragile resistance uncovers a terrifying plot that could see the war come to a decisive end, finishing off mankind for good…

ReviewContains spoilers

The film is 2 hours of fighting. There are intense aerial dog fights between humans and hostile aliens for the first hour. Earth has become a place that is shared with ‘greys’ who are renegade aliens who have made Earth their home and to live with humans.

Then there are aliens who are not willing to share and aim to wipe out everyone on the planet so they can have it for themselves, but to do this, they need “Rainfall”. An hour and a half into the film, we are told what Rainfall is, and this is when we meet Ken Jeong and Jason Issacs, who are not big parts in the film, in my opinion, so I wouldn’t advise this film if they are the reason you are watching.

Humans do not fare too well in this film either, as you can imagine, many are hostile to the ‘greys’ among us, and Daniel Gillies is a very nasty commander who has been experimenting on aliens in horrendous conditions, to find a weapon to kill the hostile aliens.

That was hard to watch. Needless to say, his weapon will not only kill the hostiles trying to take over the planet but will also kill all the allies that are on earth fighting with the humans. So another battle occurs over leadership.

More fighting.

The effects are great and draw you in, but it is not surprising when it is the same VFX team who are behind The Last Jedi and Blade Runner 2049.

It is a film I’d watch again, to pick up on all the conversation points which I may have missed the first time around as my head was trying to work out who was fighting who. The sub-stories are important as this is not the end of Rainfall. How do I know this? Just before the end credits are we are told “End of Chapter 1”!

Signature Entertainment presents Occupation Rainfall in Cinemas and on Digital from 9th July.

Sci-Fi, Action | Australia, 2020 | 15 | 9th July 2021 (UK) | Cinema, Digital HD | Signature Entertainment | Dir.Luke Sparke | Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, Jet Tranter, Jason Isaacs, Keon Jeong