UNIDENTIFIED OBJECTS (2022) Reviews of sci-fi comedy drama plus trailer

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Unidentified Objects is a 2022 American sci-fi comedy-drama about an uptight dwarf and his free-spirited, alien-obsessed neighbour who hit the road on a border-defying search for their place in the universe.

Written and directed by Juan Felipe Zuleta from a story co-written with Leland Frankel.

The movie stars Sarah Hay, Matthew Jeffers, Roy Abramsohn, Hamish Allan-Headley, John Ryan Benavides, Roberta Colindrez, Izzy da Rosa, Kerry Flanagan, Elliot Frances Flynn, Tara Pacheco, Dorian Perez, Andrew Stevens Purdy and Brittney Saylor.

“The alien abduction subplot fizzles out and proves less satisfying than the basic human element. That said, the human story here is appealing, touching on ideas that earn our interest. And the sweet-and-sour dynamic Jeffers and Hay bring to the movie is truly special.” The Aisle Seat

Unidentified Objects is an offbeat sci-fi drama which works thanks to the slow thaw between the protagonists. Juan Felipe Zuleta’s film is deeply empathetic. Challenging stereotypes and focusing on what makes us both alike and unique. While the objective of their expedition might be unusual, it’s what they both learn along the way which is important.” Backseat Mafia

“The lines between reality and hope are blurred multiple times in an effort to match Winona’s quest to make it to the abduction point at the specified time. Quite honestly, Unidentified Objects doesn’t need these dalliances into the otherworldly to maintain an effective story, but Winona’s quest to make it to the alien site is essential.” Beyond the Cinerama Dome

“A story about outsiders which refuses to let viewers enjoy the comfort of distance, Unidentified Objects finds humour in bitterness and warmth in unlikely connections. It’s a film full of heart which will touch yours no matter what you believe.” 4/5, Eye for Film


Unidentified Objects is a charming little film that might have set a bit too much to resolve with its original premise. However, for those of us who got entrapped by the charm of its characters, the ending is enough to make you feel that some things did have an ending. When dealing with feelings, everything is very muddled and abstract, but that doesn’t make it any less real.” 4/5, Fiction Horizon

“At times dawdling and other times, painfully fascinating, this movie borders on being bad but brings enough personality through its actors to carry their characters through a strange, random, and tense odyssey as they navigate loneliness and rejection. It swings from being inconsequentially grating to melodramatic and awkward when its punches should be packing heavier.” C+ Film Snob Reviews

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“The film works as a buddy comedy, a late in life coming of age story, a science-fiction tale, and of course a queer road movie. There’s something for everyone but not in that cloying trying to please you sort of way. It’s a movie that’s about the journey and inevitably when you get there you can look back and see what you learned but it’s never gonna add up to the experience of arriving.” Hammer to Nail

Unidentified Objects is a tale of self-discovery and if not quite one of redemption then one of taking the first steps on the road to it. The ambiguous final scene, like most of the rest of the film, may not give any concrete answers but it raises hopeful possibilities.” 4/5, Voices from the Balcony

Technical stuff:
1 hour 40 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1


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