The plot is muddled and underdeveloped. The interactions between humans and aliens are seldom fully defined. Unlike a picture like Alien Nation (1988), which traverses similar territory, there are no distinct backstories for the characters that may attach viewers to the setting. It isn’t all horrible, though. Aspects of the design are engaging – the lighting has an attractive colorfully kitsch aspect – and the central narrative framework of a pair of mismatched mates traveling across nation encountering several risks is always a winner. IMDB
The greys have an appealingly bodgie aspect to them – their costumes and laser pistols look like something your mother would have made you for book week in the 1980s – and Dan Gillies and Temuera Morrison provide commanding performances. However, the power of these actors backfires in terms of the picture as a whole, as we become sharply aware of the supporting cast’s Home and Away-like performances. Even though this was a big enough movie to toss Ken Jeong in at the end when they get to Pine Gap, his comic relief appears cheesy and adds little to the story.