Battle in Space: The Armada Attacks (2021)

In 2420, after aliens and powerful space wizards enslave humans, rebels organize a rebellion* in this effects-heavy film that comes from six directors — Andrew Jaksch, Lukas Kendall, Toby Rawal, Scott Robson, Sanjay F. Sharma and Luis Tinoco — and five writers — Josh Guttman, Jaksch, Kendall, Sharma and Tinoco.

That’s because this is really a collection of shorts with a wraparound story that puts them into one narrative that has Doug Jones (HellboyThe Shape of Water) as an alien overlord.

From a street cop looking for his daughter** to a hunt for a crystal***, a trip to a planet gone awry****, a human bonding with an alien***** and a story that cross-cuts between a space battle and a child in the hospital******, each of these stories tell us more about this new world. Or that would be the goal, but these are all previously produced shorts that weren’t originally made to go together. That said, some of these — particularly Sky Fighter and Caronte, have some really great special effects going for them.

*This was in the sales copy and never really happens. It would have been interesting to see more of how these stories all worked.

**2017’s The Boogeys.

***2019’s The Dark Following.

****2018’s Thalamos.

*****2019’s Sky Fighter.

******2017’s Caronte.

Battle in Space: The Armada Attacks will be available on demand and on DVD January 12 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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