Wyatt is a very troubled young man who has fallen on hard times. Dealing with paranoid delusions, he seeks solace by going to stay with his best friend Christian. Christian has been pulling himself up out of a bad spot in his life and is trying to climb the ladder at his job while also wooing a co-worker. When Wyatt starts to receive strange phone calls in the middle of the night warning him of an on-coming invasion from otherworldly forces, the bonds of their friendship are tested. Can two drowning men save each other?
They Look Like People largely rests on the shoulders of relatively unknown actors MacLeod Andrews as Wyatt and Evan Dumouchel as Christian. We are stuck with them for the majority of the film’s run time and it’s to it’s credit that the two are talented enough to pull off their performances. Writer-director Perry Blackshear chose his leads wisely. While They Look Like People makes it fairly obvious that the phone calls Wyatt is receiving are audio hallucinations, I still kept wondering if the film would pull a swerve and have Wyatt be proved correct about the threat. I was glad the film ultimately played fair with the concept in that regard. While I felt there was a huge lull and disconnect between some of the scenes, the pay off of this film was well worth it. As we see Wyatt stockpile weaponry in the basement, we know something really bad is going to happen. The whole “will he or won’t he snap” becomes the crux of the film until it’s ending, which is as smart as it is heart-breaking.
This isn’t a film that everyone will like, but it is a film that I liked and that is what is important here. Maybe you’ll like it too. Check it out.