|Submitted by Pete |
(Oct 30, 2005)
A strange film made in Australia not easy to find but worth watching. It is funny but not a riot, the cast of characters have only three people who could reasonably be called sane, one is a young surfer Mike Taggert ( Nique Needles) who hitches a ride to an outback town miles from the sea following a letter asking him to be there on a certain date. (Back to the Future used the same idea, which came first?)
The local copper, who is only messed up a bit by having killed his own son in a freak cricketing accident, befriends him. The bone man - a sort of tramp (bum) who collects bones from the local outback naturally, stumbles across a crashed space craft disguised as a saloon bar way out in the desert. Great disguise.
Inside is an alien disguised as a bar tender, who canít leave the bar/ship because his life support wonít let him go further than the door.
Mike encounters the Bar tender/alien and after a weird demonstration using a time travellerís cocktail shaker, Mike is persuaded to help the alien by finding the power module that fell off when the it crashed 25 years ago.
From there on in it gets convoluted butÖ
Mike finds module, meets girl, loses module, get captured by UFO seeking nut case, canít save cop from baddies, goes back in time and saves cop from baddies, goes forward in time to stop it all happening, gets module back to alien, gets girl again, goes back in time to save them all, finds long lost father goes to the beach with girl - the end. Great entertainment, with so many larger than life characters it is great fun in an offbeat way, particularly the alien (Max Gillies) who seems to have learned English from movie dialogue. Try to watch it if you enjoy time travel paradox plots.