UFO -- The Most Predictable Film
Review by Paris Jade
UFO is a romance film about Ese, a biker getting ready to compete for regional champion, and Deniz, a girl whose head is so up in the clouds she believes UFOs will take her away someday. This film was quite dull. You honestly will end up falling asleep while watching it. When you start the film, it immediately sets up the plot, so you would assume that it will be a fast-paced film, but it is far from that. They make sure you understand why the movie is titled UFO from start to finish. They say UFO so much you will most definitely know the word in Swedish by the end of the film. The main characters make sure to mention what UFO means to them at least every 10 minutes, and it honestly feels incredibly random.
Immediately when you go into the film, you don't really connect with the main character. She isn't really likable or even entertaining. Deniz is just your usual girl who wants to be different so badly because she is bored with herself. So what does she do? Meet a boy whose only interesting trait is that he can ride a bike pretty well and is the "calm, cool, collected" one of his friends, which of course has to make him more attractive. The supporting characters are more entertaining as they add more drama to the plot. Whenever something significant happens that turns the story, it's due to the supporting characters. When the action began, it was due to the supporting characters initiating it while the two main characters were off to the side making googly eyes at each other. However, Deniz and Ese did have a lovely meet-cute, and some audiences might find it appealing and stay interested in their relationship moving forward into the film.
The film takes an entire hour to finally catch some speed, high stakes, and action. However, it only lasts for about 20 minutes, and then you are back to the lovely couple that has nothing to add to the story even though it's about them. Certain characters can be completely forgotten. A supporting character named Cenk, a snobby rich boy who likes to — you guessed it — ride bikes is introduced at the beginning of the film to be associated with Deniz, even seeming as competition for Ese. Still, he doesn't return and make a significant impact until an hour into the film.
The predictability of the film is another flaw. Once you meet every character, you can already tell what their role will be in the events that follow, like Cenk, who again would later be Ese's competition. This is the type of movie that you watch and might continue to watch, but constantly check to see how much time is left.
UFO is out on Netflix now... if you dare to watch.
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