When Royal Air Force pilot Captain Kate Sinclair (Charlotte Kirk) is shot down during her final mission, she somehow discovers an abandoned bunker where Russian scientists once spliced human and alien DNA to make a weapon. A weapon that is now awake.

A strong woman finding monsters in a cave. You know who directed a good movie about that? Neil Marshall. The Descent. Guess what? He’s the director and co-writer — with Kirk — of this movie. He also made Dog Soldiers, so I’m going to give him a free pass and watch anything he does.

The good news is that this is a step up from the last movie I watched from him, Hellboy. It’s not going to be the best thing you’ve watched but you won’t feel like you wasted any time.

It ends up with Kate teaming up with the soldiers that save her — one-eyed top kick Major Roy Finch (Jamie Bamber), SAS soldier Sgt. Oswald Jones (Leon Ockenden), secret pickpocket Corp. Jade Lafayette (Tanji Kibong), battle hardened Corp. Jade Lafayette (Jonathan Howard), combat medic Corp. Kip Wilks (Mark Strepan), big tough Dave Bromhead (Troy Alexander) and Kabir Abdul Rahimia, a local who is sick of all the invaders, including the aliens — to battle monsters who love to eat human flesh.

This feels like a direct to video movie from the video rental past and you know, that’s always good thing. It has goopy monsters, plenty of grisly demises and some incredibly hilarious choices for accents. If this had a video box, it’d say “The maker of The Descent and Dog Soldiers is back!” and, you know, it wouldn’t lie.

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