If you’ve ever been in a manhood, you know that they usually don’t live up to expectations. A night out or a weekend with a group of friends might seem like a good idea, but in reality, someone always gets hurt (usually the groom) and someone always ends up in a compromising position (the groom again).
If you’ve never encountered a deer, you’ll already have an idea of how badass they can be once you’ve seen them on screen. The Hangover, A Few Less Men, and The Stag are just a few of the movies that showcase what can go wrong when you’re partying with friends, and if you’re looking for something different, you can now add Blasted to the list.
It’s a little different because it’s as much a sci-fi movie as it is a one-man comedy. This Norwegian tale tells the story of Sebastian, an insecure young manager of an investment firm, who goes away with his friends for a few days for a long-awaited bachelor party.
Well, we say friends, one of the four people in Seb’s group is an old childhood friend he’s been trying to distance himself from, and the other is a potential client he’s invited on a trip purely for business purposes.
The first half of the film is arguably the funniest as we watch this group of misfits come together and awkwardly try to bond. The talented young cast play well off each other and their comic interactions are a joy to watch at times. Unfortunately, they fall apart later when things take a turn for the worse, as the film ends up being less enjoyable.
Shortly after arriving in a Norwegian village popular with UFO enthusiasts, the group’s fun and games are interrupted by an alien invasion.
Unfortunately, this isn’t just some prank set up by one of Sebastian’s friends, as they really are haunted by dark-looking monsters that wouldn’t look out of place in a 1970s Doctor Who episode. Those aren’t the only enemies they face, with fellow aliens turned into zombie-like creatures with glowing green eyes.
Fortunately, Seb and his old childhood friend were once champions of laser tag, and with his old friend armed and ready with a laser gun, they have a way to defeat their alien foes. The other members of the group are kidnapped and taken to an alien spaceship when they are confronted by an enemy that threatens to zombify them. Meanwhile, a female police officer learns of their plight and becomes involved in their fight for survival.
Now, the premise of the movie is pretty good, and in concept, it’s similar to Edgar Wright’s sci-fi comedy that sees Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman and other friends take on invading alien enemies. their epic pub crawl. Unfortunately, Blasted falls apart in a few key areas.
First, the film begins to lose its relevance when the group puts aside their differences to fight the alien invasion. While the earlier scenes are quite sharp and witty, the later scenes are overly silly and not particularly funny.
This could be excused if the special effects were good, but as you might have guessed from my earlier reference to these invading bad guys, they’re mostly pretty gross. Granted, this is not always the case, but there has never been a moment when I was blown away by what I saw on screen.
Another issue is the length of the film. Lasting about two hours, it tried my patience at times. I would have been more invested if the story had been more compelling, but as the plot got more and more silly, my interest eventually waned.
The performances of the actors cannot be faulted as they all turn in enthusiastic performances. They’re still fun to watch, even if the film veers into the realm of mediocrity, but it’s a shame they couldn’t have shared more scenes together before the sci-fi elements kicked in.
I rather liked the awkward interactions between the groups in the first part of the film and would have loved to have spent more time with them. But when the aliens finally arrived, they invaded my viewing pleasure as much as the corner of Norway they landed on!
Ultimately, this is another Netflix Original that you will immediately forget about once you see it and delete it from your streaming watch list.
With a tighter script, improved special effects, and a little more creativity, it could have been a lot more enjoyable. Instead, Blasted has more in common with stag parties that promise a few hours of fun and frivolity but instead turn into embarrassment and mediocrity.