Proximity

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Uneven alien thriller doesn't fulfill early potential.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 119 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Messages include importance of honesty and teamwork, being open-minded, trusting your instincts. Story also has a Christian message toward the end, when the aliens suggest connection with what's best about humanity and Jesus.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Isaac and Sara are determined, brave, intelligent. They're willing to be vulnerable with each other, tell the truth about their experiences, work together to find answers to their questions.

Violence

Aliens look creepy but aren't violent. Agents grab Issac and Sara. Foot and vehicle chase scenes in which armed android and human agents/guards shoot laser and traditional guns. In one scene, it seems like two characters have been shot dead. As a result of an alien encounter, two people's arms can be separated from their wrists/hands with use of alien technology. It's not meant to be painful.

Sex

Flirting and brief hand-holding.

Language

A few uses of "dammit," "why the hell," "we're screwed," and "dork."

Consumerism

JVC camera, ASUS, Volkswagen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Proximity is an indie sci-fi thriller about a young scientist (Ryan Masson) who's investigating his extraterrestrial encounter. It features lots of chase sequences, shooting (using both laser and regular guns) by androids and officers, and one scary moment in which it seems like a few characters have been shot and killed. Romance and language are mild, limited to flirting/hand-holding and a few uses of "damn" and "hell." Characters demonstrate courage and teamwork. Parents and kids will be able to talk about everything from how the media treats clickbait stories to whether there's life on other planets.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byManuelveg3 December 17, 2020

Dude gets abducted by aliens in 2020 with 90's technology. Why would you use camcorder in 2020?? But its ok

Guy gets abducted and is trying to find proof about it....its ok for a family movie for kids at 10 yrs of age or so ,youngens might get freaked out

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What's the story?

PROXIMITY follows the story of Isaac (Ryan Masson), a young computer engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsions Lab. While filming a video at the suggestion of a therapist, Isaac captures meteorites crashing, encounters an extraterrestrial, and disappears for a couple of days. Once he "returns," he posts his video and is mocked instead of believed, but he does hear from one person who believes he really did see an alien. He meets the other believer, Sara (Highdee Kuan), but then they're both abruptly captured by secret government agents with android security guards. Isaac and Sara must work together to escape and find the answers to their mysterious encounters.

Is it any good?

Although this close-encounter thriller initially shows some potential, the movie is too unevenly paced and performed to stand out as a genre film. Masson, who comes across like a combination of Asa Butterfield and Lukas Haas, is fine as an earnest young scientist coming to grips with a confusing and otherworldly situation. But Proximity's ensemble would have benefited from at least one recognizable actor to add some gravitas to the otherwise unfamiliar cast. Kuan, for example, is appealing, but she exhibits little chemistry with Masson and occasionally struggles with her timing and delivery.

Writer-director Eric Demeusy -- making his feature debut -- is a visual effects artist, so the movie's effects are notable, particularly since this isn't a big-budget film. That said, the plot suffers from posing more questions than it answers and relying too much on the android villains. Toward the end, there's also a confusing religious explanation for why the aliens have made contact with humans. The sequences set outdoors -- in Costa Rica and California -- fare better than the indoor ones, which don't display a realistic production design. Families who can't get enough sci-fi alien movies may want to give this a chance, but it's not going to measure up to the better entries in the genre.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how alien movies have changed throughout the years. How does Proximity compare to other extraterrestrial-themed films?

  • Discuss the character strengths displayed in the movie. Why are teamwork and courage particularly important in the story?

  • What do you think about the violence in the movie? Is it depicted in a particularly scary way?

  • What do you think about the movie's religious comment toward the end?

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