Encounter (2021)

Encounter (2021)

2021 R 108 Minutes

Science Fiction | Thriller | Adventure

A decorated Marine goes on a rescue mission to save his two young sons from an unhuman threat. As their journey takes them in increasingly dangerous directions, the boys will need to leave their ch...

Overall Rating

6 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • ScreenZealots


    5 / 10
    “Encounter” is the type of film that I can almost guarantee will be mismarketed by the studio as an exciting, action-packed sci-fi thriller. It’s not. This story of a decorated Special Forces Marine (Riz Ahmed) who goes on a rescue mission to save his two young children (Aditya Geddada, Lucian-River Chauhan) from mind controlling insects is more of a family road trip gone wrong than an intense nail biter.

    Launching with a good hook, director and co-writer Michael Pearce sets up the story with just enough mystery to keep the audience guessing. Things work well when only small bits and pieces are divulged, creating a build up that is designed to hold interest. But the film shows its hand too early, folding every substantial card in the deck. This proves problematic when there’s not a lot of material in the first place, script-wise. The disappointing reveal is a total letdown.

    The father / son dynamic is really great, portrayed realistically with top-notch turns from Ahmed and the two boys. Their chemistry is ideal, and it takes a real acting maturity to pull off what Chauhan accomplishes here. The strong performances are the only reason “Encounter” should even be considered to be worth watching. I think there could’ve been a better movie stuck inside somewhere, but this finished product is an unfulfilling experience.