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Adversary: Theoretically Mel Gibson and family. Actuality their own stupidity.
Why they were supposed to be scary: Advanced alien life treating people like cattle or bugs to exterminate plays into very basic human fears.
Why they failed to impress: Look, it is just really hard to be afraid of a technologically advanced species that makes this many rookie mistakes during a hostile takeover. No sugar-coating it: they were unorganized and unprepared. Shyamalan is trying to convince audiences that somehow this is a space-faring civilization that does zero reconnaissance before invading a planet that is 80% poison to them? That they abduct meat sacks that contain EVEN MORE of this on-contact poison? That they didn't even send scouting parties to infiltrate and learn basics like how doors work?! I hope everyone on that mothership was fired for incompetence.
- Donna Dickens