[IMDB link] [Netflix link] If you haven’t seen this movie, don’t even read my review. Go watch it now. It’s best to watch it without reading anything about it. But if you won’t: Then maybe this review will convince you?
PLOT SUMMARY: A documentary film combining archival footage and reenactments, depicting how the strange spate of disappearances in Nome, Alaska, was most likely attributed to aliens.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Lies. All lies.
PEOPLE: Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil, Ultraviolet, The Fifth Element, Dazed & Confused) plays the main character. A Sumerian linguist is played by Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Dubaku in 24 season 7, Capt. Jocard in Pirates Of The Carribean:At World’s End, Hotel Rwanda). Also with Will Patton as the sheriff (The Punisher, The Postman, Gone In 60 Seconds, and 6 episodes of 24.)
QUIRKS: Aliens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UFOs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scary shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VISUALS: A decent combination of well-shot reenactments, and splotchy/lower quality archival footage. This movie doesn’t actually use that many visual effects.
BAD STUFF: [highlight for spoilers]→ It’s fake. The “real” Dr. simply seems to be Charlotte Milchard. The movie is, in a sense, one big lie, like Blair Witch Project. Universal Pictures actually ended up paying $20,000 to the Alaska Press Club due to them creating fake online news articles and obituaries to trick people into thinking the movie was real. Read more about Milchard HERE. More info about the fakeness in general HERE. Now, I did not realize that [highlight for spoilers]→ it was a fake, but I probably should have. About two-thirds through the movie, I declared the original archive footage fake, but still believed the rest of the movie to be true. And that was part of the fun of it! Trick me! Pull the wool over my eyes! Manipulate me! Send me on a ride!
CONCLUSION: If you liked Paranormal Activity, you should check this out. This does for UFOs what Paranormal Activity did for ghosts. Just don’t read about the movie before watching it. It’s ruinable in the same way The Sixth Sense is ruinable.
Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10. She initially said 10/10, but downgraded it after reading the IMDB page. “I think it got it’s intended effect of [highlight for spoilers]→ making me believe its lies and think that it was real and scary….”
RECOMMENDATION: Great movie. Try to watch it without researching it (or reading this review) first. I realize if you’re reading this, it’s impossible to follow my recommendation. Close this browser tab and watch it!
SIMILAR MOVIES: Paranormal Activity. Hell, the stupid “P.A. chick was fat” thread even seeped into the forum for this movie. Paranormal Activity is scarier, but I think this might be the better of the 2 movies. Hard to say.
And, owl-wise, Twin Peaks ;) “The owls are not what they seem!”
MOVIE QUOTE: (opening quote) “I’m actress Milla Jovovich, and I will be portraying Dr. Abigail Tyler in The Fourth Kind. This film is a dramatization of events that occurred October 1st through the 9th of 2000, in the Northern Alaskan town of Nome. To better explain the events of this story, the director has included actual archived footage throughout the film. This footage was acquired from Nome psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler, who has personally documented over 65 hours of video and audio materials during the time of the incidents. To better protect their privacy, we have changed the names and professions of many of the people involved. Every dramatized scene in this movie is supported by either archived audio, video or as it was related by Dr. Tyler during extensive interviews with the director. In the end, what you believe is yours to decide. Please be advised, that some of what you’re about to see is extremely disturbing.”
Music: Testament – Apocalyptic City