Directed by: Cody Vibbart
Written by: Cody Vibbart
Genre: Science Fiction
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Kyle ( Tom Haney ) begins his normal, boring day as he does any other. He goes to work but today is a special kind of day, unbeknownst to Kyle. Today he will receive a promotion. Great news for any family man with a wife and a couple of kids but the promotion isn't the only reason today is special. Today, Earth is attacked by aliens. Maybe saying that the earth is attacked is a little overbearing; the truth is that these aliens are looking for someone in particular. Kyle.
As he's pursued through town by a couple of ships, Kyle races to save his wife and kids and does, although things don't go as planned. As luck would have it, Kyle is an alien himself and at the request of his king, he is being recalled to save his home planet from the evildoers of the planet Anumbis. They have been building and creating a huge army to devastate Kyle's homeworld. It's revealed that Kyle is actually a war hero named Ander, and the only real hope for his civilization.
Some people will probably scoff at this film. It looks like it came straight from the 1990s most of the time and that legendary CGI creation Max Headroom will make an appearance. But that's only because this has been a very, very long running project with very little resources at its disposal. Cody Vibbart has managed to stay focused for years and years, and create a full length film. It baffles me the willpower it must have taken and once you begin watching the film, you quickly realize that it's actually pretty good. It just takes some time to adjust to the graphical quality.
The entire plot itself could have been inspired by any number of sources, Star Trek, Independence Day, whatever... and although nothing terribly unique it does the job. The inclusion of some comedy was also welcomed because it allowed some of the inferior visuals to pass by unnoticed. Also worth noting is that the voice acting, follows along the same lines. Sometimes decent enough, but other times it felt intentionally dry, poking fun at itself. The Exigency will never rival the likes of Pixar but I think that's what gives it its shine. This is a homebrew, animated film complete with its own sets of strengths and weaknesses. I will concede that The Exigency is definitely longer than it needed to be, but that opinion will probably change from person to person.
Worth a look for the dedicated or curious, and anyone looking to support the micro budget scene. Although there are moments anyone can enjoy, some may find it a little long for their tastes. But if you love animation of any kind or love a fun science fiction yarn, this isn't a bad movie. For the sheer will of Vibbart himself, I would personally recommend giving this title a view. Thanks for taking the time to read.