Laser tag is about to get extreme before the end of the month. Or at least that’s the premise of Struck down, a Norwegian sci-fi action-comedy film based on a real UFO event that happened in Hessdalen, Norway. The story follows a group of childhood friends who get together for a game of laser tag, but things take a crazy turn when the game is interrupted by an alien invasion. Luckily for them, lasers are the aliens’ weakness, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be easy to get rid of.
The trailer reveals that the game of laser tag takes place at a bachelor party and in addition to car chases, gunfire and general mayhem, we can also expect to feel a bit gross as aliens hit by laser guns explode into a ball of goo. Oh, and some of them even glow in the dark. You know, just characteristics of your usual planet invader.
Struck down is led by Martin Sofiedalwho previously directed an adventure comedy Benjamin Falck and the Phantom Dagger. Sofiedal has also produced Uncharted: Ambusher, a fan-made short film based on the hugely popular PlayStation video game franchise. The scenario of Struck down is written by Emmanuel Nordrumwho made his debut in the writing of feature films.
In an official statement, Producer and CEO of Miso Film Norway Are Heidenstrøm celebrated the great leap forward that is Norwegian cinema braving new territory:
“It’s very exciting to be the first Norwegian sci-fi comedy in production. We feel very privileged to work with Netflix and make a film in such an unorthodox genre. Emanuel Nordrum and Martin Sofiedal have created a story amazing where we finally get some clarity on the light phenomenon in Hessdalen.
Director at International Original Film Nordics Claire Willat echoed the statement and added that Struck down will help the world get a little taste of Norwegian culture, which we normally don’t get in movies:
“Miso Film has been a fantastic partner over the years and we look forward to bringing ‘Blasted’ to our members around the world with its bold new concept for getting out of the region, sharp humor and enjoyable action scenes. With such a talented creative team and the direction of Martin Sofiedal, I expect this film to be a fun and fresh addition to our growing list of Nordic films.
Netflix Premieres Struck down June 28. You can watch the trailer below:
Check out the official synopsis here:
“Blasted” follows childhood friends Sebastian (Axel Bøyum) and Mikkel (Fredrik Skogsrud), who are reunited for Sebastian’s bachelor party. While Mikkel never matured from a teenage laser tag prodigy, Sebastian has become a career-obsessed workaholic who uses the party to flirt with a potential client. But when the bachelor party falls headlong into an alien invasion, it’s up to Mikkel and Sebastian to reunite as the laser tag duo they once were and fight back.