With the recent documents revealing UFOS and non-human matter being released by the government, there seems to be a renewed interest in Aliens and of course alien movies. Not that there haven’t been for decades now. But instead of hostile takeovers, the movies seem to be focusing on life with aliens, or what would happen after aliens have taken over the world. And the adding to that list is Landscape with Invisible Hand – a surprising movie that will shock audiences and make you wonder if that would actually happen if we ever make contact.
Following a teenage boy Adam, Landscape with Invisible Hand is the story of his family and life a year after aliens have taken over Earth. From education to working and even day-to-day interactions – everything is changing and the only consistent thing in Adam’s life is his artwork. When he meets a new girl at school, he convinces his mother to let her family move into their basement, as he develops a relationship with her. Broadcasting their relationship to the aliens, reality tv style, to make an income, at first sounds like a great idea until they get sued – and the fallout could be catastrophic for both of their families.
From the interactions with the aliens to their interpretation of Adam’s art and editing it – the movie actually seems to have touches of reality in it. The aliens have colonized the Earth and are changing the history and art for their own population so it seems like the humans welcome it. Is it a heavy-handed allegory for modern editing of history and colonization? Or is it just a warning in the story? The parallels are there, and often history is written by the victor – but that doesn’t make the story less chilling and poignant.
On the surface Landscape with Invisible Hand may be a hard sell for a lot of viewers. The poster, the title, and even the trailer don’t do the movie the justice it deserves with the storytelling. It is a sci-fi drama but leans more towards a dystopian future that many fear is actually coming our direction. But what it actually is a much different approach to the whole first contact story we’ve seen play out over and over before in movies. And while it seems like this version is a more “peaceful” takeover of the world, the colonization and aftermath are thought-provoking and seem more like what could actually happen.
Landscape with Invisible Hand isn’t what audiences are going to expect when they head into theaters, but it most likely going to surprise them with some shocking moments, and darker looks at what could happen after an alien life force takes over the world. Landscape with Invisible Hand is in theaters everywhere this weekend.
About Landscape with Invisible Hand
Years into a benevolent alien occupation of Earth, the human race is still adjusting to the new world order and its quirky coffee table-sized overlords called the Vuvv. Their flashy advanced technology initially held promise for global prosperity, but rendered most human jobs – and steady income – obsolete. When 17-year-old artist Adam Campbell (Asante Blackk) and new girlfriend Chloe Marsh (Kylie Rogers) discover the Vuvv are particularly fascinated with human love and will pay for access to it, they decide to livestream their budding romance to make extra cash for themselves and their families. Life is good, for a while, until the flame of their teenage love fizzles out and they’re forced to make very different, absurdly life-altering sacrifices for their families.