A family faces an alien invasion in “Encounter”

A family faces an alien invasion in "Encounter"

Encounter (2021) is a science-fiction and drama-thriller about two brothers who embark on a journey with their father, who is trying to protect them from an alien threat.

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

This is the new movie from filmmaker Michael Pearce, who won a BAFTA Film Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer with his debut feature film Beast (2017) after also being previously nominated for another BAFTA Film Award for his short film Keeping Up with the Joneses (2013). He has also been the writer of the screenplay together with Joe Barton, the creator of Giri/Haji (2019) mystery TV series, and mystical horror-thriller The Ritual (2017).

The movie is starring British-Pakistani Riz Ahmed, known for being nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Sound of Metal (2019), and also present in Centurion (2010), Closed Circuit (2013), Nightcrawler (2014), Jason Bourne (2016), City of Tiny Lights (2016), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), and Venom (2018). Octavia Spencer, an Oscar winner for The Help (2011) and also star in Ma (2019), also leads the main cast that includes Janina Gavankar, Rory Cochrane, Keith Szarabajka, Lucian-River Chauhan, Antonio Jaramillo, Aditya Geddada, Brennan Keel Cook, and Bill Dawes.

Encounter (2021) was part of the Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival this month, and will also be part of the line-up at BFI London Film Festival in October. It will open in theaters on December 3, 2021, and later be available on Amazon Prime Video on December 10, 2021. Here you can watch its official trailer.

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