The Search For Simon

The Search for Simon follows a wanderer named David Jones, whose younger brother Simon disappeared without a trace 30 years ago. David is still looking the world over for the aliens who kidnapped his brother, and the search for Simon has become his life.

The Search for Simon follows a wanderer named David Jones, whose younger brother Simon disappeared without a trace 30 years ago. David is still looking the world over for the aliens who kidnapped his brother, and the search for Simon has become his life.

Movie Details

  • Director(s) Martin Gooch
  • Starring Carol Cleveland, Millie Reeves, Noeleen Comiskey, Martin Gooch, Lucy Clements, Sophie Aldred, Simon Jones, Chase Masterson, Tom Price
  • Language(s) English
  • Released January 01, 2013
  • Genre
  • Run Time 96 minutes
  • Rating NR

BIGSTAR Review

"I've been looking for him for years and I could carry on looking for him for years, and there's no guarantee I'm ever gonna find him." ~DAVID JONES (Martin Gooch), to friend Sally Strudle (Millie Reeves), during their camping trip on a crop circle as they search for Simon Jones (Spike Moody), David's younger brother who has been missing for over 30 years, possibly due to an alien abduction.

A film that could be referenced as a low-budget version of PAUL, but with an emotional twist at the end that's more in line with THE FISHER KING (then a last second swoop with MEN IN BLACK... yeah, weird analogy/comparison combo, I know), THE SEARCH FOR SIMON tells the tale of David Jones, a once suicidal mega-geek who has spent his U.K. lotto winnings of £ 600,000 to form his own UFO conspiracy theorist podcast, "The Search For Simon Foundation," on VuTube. As a boy, his brother "mysteriously" goes missing, with his alcoholic father telling him that Simon was abducted by aliens. David spends the rest of his life, pre-and-post lotto, delving into UFO research and astronomy in efforts to uncover the truth; imagine if comic actor Nick Frost played Mulder instead of Duchovny, and that's what we've got here. Starring Chase Masterson (Leeta from STAR TREK: DS9), MONTY PYTHON day-playing stalwart Carol Cleveland (LIFE OF BRIAN's Mrs. Gregory!!), and DOCTOR WHO's Sophie Aldred, this film went on to win an *Independent Spirit Award* at the 2014 Monaco International Film Festival, and a *Jury Prize* at the 2014 Portsmouth International Film Festival. The film suffers from the low-grade special effects that many films of this budget have to endure, but it has heart and substance, and the women prove more powerful than the men here as far as characters are concerned. You do deal with the repetitive shtick of the average woman's view of the comic fanboy/uber-geek (Jeez, writers, not all of us live in our parents' attic and/or basement, COME ON!), but the film's end contains a dramatic twist that hits... or IS it a twist? There's a scene *SEMI-SPOILER*... towards the end of a mantle urn. It looks like dirt inside, I even saw twigs! I'm thinking, "Man, what a low budget." Or was that MEANT to be there?? Just watch the film, you'll see what I mean.

Fun is made cleverly on secret government organizations, like the British Aerospace Technology Advanced Research Development Division a.k.a. B.A.S.T.A.R.D.D., and alien theories like the love of floor-placed chocolate shown in Spielberg's E.T., but here at its heart is a film about loyalty and devotion to the ones we love (and surprisingly the pain it can cause when it's not returned in a fair or timely manner). Also, you viewers get to contend with my favorite gamer's line: "Block the rhino! Block that rhino, block that rhino, you've got a powerful goblin!"

-Steve

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