The Men Who Fell is a low budget sci fi indie film that's been busy flying low under the radar. It screened at Cannes earlier this year and scored itself a Japanese DVD release (which came out last Friday under the lame title Biohazard X). But what is this movie all about, other cool effects, vast sandy wastelands and raspy-voiced extraterrestrials? Watch the trailer to see what you think, and then find out everything we know about this cool flick.
Unfortunately, the fairly awesome website for the movie, complete with radio transmissions, video, and pieces of a backstory suffered from a lapsed domain last night, so we're only left with scatterings from around the web. Of course they have a MySpace page, but that points you to the now-defunct website.
According to press materials around the web-o-nets:
"Two convicts, held in an orbiting detention facility above a post-apocalyptic earth, are hired by mega-corporation Hunsinger to perform a risky salvage mission down on the planet. They land, and work their way into a gigantic underground industrial complex, following a map to their ultimate destination, to retrieve and salvage... the item. Being prisoners, they are given little info, and are given credit toward early release as payment. They get more than they expected, and things go from bad to evil."
Which, granted, doesn't seem to make too much sense. They get hired and tossed down onto the planet without anything except a map? Do they even know what they're supposed to be down there picking up, except for heartache and death? The trailer unfortunately doesn't tell us much more than "the future makes Earth a pretty rough place," although the visuals look gorgeous. If you pieced together the sandy parts of Star Wars and tossed in doses of Cube, Primer, and Pi for low-budget crunchy goodness, you'd end up with something that looks like The Men Who Fell. Get this film to the States — we're impressed and want to see more!
And no, fannish friends, despite the title the film doesn't seem to have anything in common with David Bowie's 1976 The Man Who Fell To Earth.