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Was this kid doomed from the start? (spoiler)


Was he like a sleeper agent who was okay until the ship 'woke up'?

Did he have emotions and morals prior to that and they just switched off?

Or did the knowledge of his origins just make him intellectually view us like ants?

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I feel like a sequel is inevitable, and it was cheap as hell to make, so they will. I'm guessing that will clear up the multitude of holes that are unfillled.

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Not really. Expanding on that concept wouldn't be very thrilling. Plus the movie isn't doing overly great.

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The budget allows for poor BO numbers. Most horror movies dont expect huge returns, so they keep the budget under 10 million. That's a pretty easy number to profit from. I'm VERY surprised they didn't release this in January-February, or September-October when it would have dominated a slow box office.

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What could they do with it? The kid is destroying cities and that would require a massive budget.

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I'm saying it is still a financial success, because off its low budget.

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I definitely think that ship waking up changed him internally. He seemed like a good kid before that.

It seemed to me almost like a kind of possession.

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There are not a lot of good conversations about this movie so here goes

I agree with you completely. There was no indication of him being bad or having knowledge of the ship until the night where he was sleeping and had what looked like some sort of "convulsion" and was summoned to the ship. It obviously took some sort of possession at that point. He seemed to phase in and out of that possession but it became stronger as days passed.
The ONLY indication there was of any sort of "knowledge" of anything was the symbols/patterns he drew in his notebook. I dont think he was aware of any sort of meaning or significance. They were more like "doodles" to him.

I would be curious as to what would have happened if the family would not have "hoarded" the spacecraft in the barn.
I think he wanted to be good but the powers overtook him until it had complete possession and rule over him.

A bigger question is what would happen if the ship were completely destroyed, if possible. That could be a subject for a possible sequel. The house was destroyed but the spacecraft in the barn may not have been. When the government would send people to investigate the wreckage, they would eventually find the spacecraft in barn or barn wreckage. Obviously they they would tear into it to find out what it is. Obviously it would "fight back" and the boy would be a part of the process.
The goal of the sequel would be to defeat the spacecraft and see if the boy could return to a more normal and not dangerous state.

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I wonder if he'd been drawn to it, no matter its location (the ship). But yeah, interesting question.
I think maybe puberty had something to do with his change though, but that's just a guess.

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The scenes where he was with the ship and receiving his orders, so to speak, definitely seemed to borrow a lot from stories about demonic possession. No doubt about that.

It's also as if the ship intentionally woke up some evil alien part of him that had remained dormant up to that point, like he was some kind of extraterrestrial Manchurian candidate and the switch got flipped on. Beyond his new attitude, this also turned on his superhuman abilities.

In any case, there was definitely a change in his personality and that change was due to the ship. I don't think there can be any doubt about that.

I think you ask a good question about what would have happened if the family had not held onto the ship. I think, judging from what we see in the film, everything would've been different. It really seems like the physical encounter with the ship was necessary to turn him into Evil Brandon and without that the change just wouldn't have happened.

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I would say we are pretty much on the same wavelength of thought.
I felt the transformation came in steps. In his first trip to the barn, he was unable to break the lock or see the ship. He seemed not to know why he was there or how he got there. a short time later he was able to cut through a steel door on a walk in freezer. Eventually he was able to break the lock and chain like it was nothing. So his powers and abilities increased over time.

Prior to the night where he was summoned in his sleep, he seemed to have no knowledge or draw to the area in the barn where the ship was stored.

A poster below feels the event was connected to puberty. I feel it was timed to his 12th birthday. The summon of the ship happened very shortly before his birthday celebration. I assume the birthday the family celebrated was the day he landed on earth and they found him. His actual "birth" from whoever or whatever was born to would have taken place before his arrival here. So I would say the encounter with the ship was timed to his birthday.
Puberty is a gradual process and does not have a specific defining moment or time it takes place.

I may be writing more into the plot than what was intended but it just seems to form a pattern of logic. Needless to say this is fiction and its all hypothetical.

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What I'm wondering is why could the ship material hurt him?
Could it be that the ones who constructed that ship and sent him away saw him as a threat so they got rid of him?

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I dont know if you saw my post about the directors commentary.. If not, please read it. Its easy to find.
After purchasing the DVD and hearing this commentary, I lost ALL interest in the movie. Trust me; I originally HAD an interest or I wouldn't have purchased the DVD.
It is pointless and futile to try to make sense of this movie. If the ones who made the movie, had no faith in their own work, why should we.
They punked us and then rubbed our faces in it. They made their money and that was that. They will never make another dime off me.
PLEASE understand. I dont blame the cast. I truly believe they did their best with what they were given. Like the viewers, they were lead astray by bad directing and bad choices of what they chose to give the viewer.. Its not the actors fault.
I might say that in the future, this idiot director wants to pick a "test audience" to view his work, chose one with brains in their head and listen.
I DO thank you for thought provoking reply. Im sorry I just cant be enthusiastic about this movie anymore.

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My take on it WrepDrep, is that the ship was constructed of a metal that’s from his home world & as such is made of a material that can hurt or kill him.

It’s not that much of a stretch, after all Superman has his Kryptonite (pieces of his home planet Krypton). Superman never did expand on the subject though, meaning if anyone had a crowbar or a weapon such as a knife or gun from his world, would that hurt him or would he still be invincible because he was on earth?

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If I recall correctly, they'd just celebrated his twelfth birthday, so its hard not to wonder if puberty had something to do with it. He was coming of age and coming into himself with the help of the ship...reminding him of his purpose; who he is.

But yeah, he seemed normal before that. At least normal enough. A bit bright, it seemed like....pretty smart kid.

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