Encounter (2021)


Encounter is a 2021 sci-fi thriller film, directed by Michael Pearce from a screenplay by Pearce and Joe Barton.


A US Marine Corps veteran takes his kids from California to Groom Lake, Nevada, while on run from law enforcement, as he tries to protect them from the threat of an alien invasion.


  • Riz Ahmed as Malik Khan, a dishonourable discharged Marine Raider Staff Sergeant who believes aliens parasites are taking over humanity.
  • Octavia Spencer as Hattie, Malik’s Parole Officer.
  • Janina Gavankar as Piya Khan, Malik ex-wife.
  • Rory Cochrane as Shepard West, FBI Agent on the hunt for Malik.
  • Lucian-River Chauhan as Jay Khan, one of Malik’s sons.
  • Aditya Geddada as Bobby Khan, one of Malik’s sons.


In October 2018, it was announced Michael Pearce would direct the film from a screenplay by himself and Joe Barton, with Film4 Productions and Raw set to produce. In July 2020, Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer joined the cast of the film, with Amazon Studios set to distribute. In September 2020, Janina Gavankar joined the cast of the film. In October 2020, Rory Cochrane joined the cast of the film. In November 2020, Lucian-River Chauhan and Aditya Geddada joined the cast of the film. Principal photography began in October 2020.


Encounter had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival with an international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. By the end of its run, the film will have screened at film festivals in Chicago, London, and Philadelphia. It was released in a limited release on 03 December 2021, prior to being released on Prime Video on 10 December 2021.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Michael Pearce.
  • Producer(s):
    • Daniel Battsek … executive producer.
    • Fred Berger … executive producer.
    • Kate Churchill … executive producer.
    • Dimitri Doganis … producer (produced by) (p.g.a.).
    • Jenny Hinkey … executive producer.
    • Lisa Lee … Production Executive: Amazon Studios.
    • Zander Levy … executive producer.
    • Ollie Madden … executive producer.
    • Julia Oh … executive producer.
    • Heather Salter … associate producer: Raw.
    • Derrin Schlesinger … producer (produced by) (p.g.a).
    • Piers Vellacott … producer (produced by) (p.g.a).
  • Writer(s):
    • Joe Barton.
    • Michael Pearce.
  • Music:
    • Jed Kurzel.
  • Cinematography:
    • Benjamin Kracun … director of photography.
  • Editor(s):
    • Maya Maffioli.
  • Production:
    • Amazon Studios.
    • Automatik Entertainment.
    • Big Indie Pictures.
    • Film4.
    • RAW.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Amazon Studios (USA) (theatrical).
    • Amazon Studios (USA) (all media).
  • Release Date: 03 September 2021 (Telluride Film Festival, US).
  • Rating: 15.
  • Running Time: 108 minutes.
  • Country: UK and US.
  • Language: English.

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