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Review of Amazon’s Encounter Trailer: Riz Ahmed Fights an Unhuman Threat

Amazon Prime Video has dropped the full Encounter trailer for the forthcoming sci-fi drama feature, which will arrive in theaters on December 3, followed by its streaming debut on December 10. The video features Oscar nominee Riz Ahmed as he portrays a father determined to save his sons from an extraterrestrial threat disguised as bugs that invade people’s bodies.

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Encounter is directed by UK filmmaker Michael Pearce from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Barton. Joining Ahmed are Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water), Rory Cochrane (Argo), Lucian-River Chauhan (Heartland), and newcomer Aditya Geddada.

“A decorated Marine goes on a rescue mission to save his two young sons from an unhuman threat,” reads the synopsis. “As their journey takes them in increasingly dangerous directions, the boys will need to leave their childhoods behind.”

This marks the latest collaboration between Ahmed and Amazon Studios, after working together in last year’s acclaimed drama Sound of Metal which won two Oscars for Best Sound and Best Film Editing.

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Encounter is a production by Amazon Studios, Raw, and Film4. It is produced by Raw’s Dimitri Doganis, Piers Vellacott, and Derrin Schlesinger. Executive producers are Film4’s Daniel Battsek, Ollie Madden & Julia Oh along with Kate Churchill and Jenny Hinkey.

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