The 4th Kind
The nerds went and saw an advanced screening of “The 4th Kind.” Don’t go and watch it. At least don’t pay for it. We had a sneaking suspicion that this was going to be a story that would be best adapted as a documentary. We were right.
The basic premise of the movie revolves around an alien encounter of the 4th kind. There are 4 kinds of encounters: 1: Being a witness to a UFO, 2: Seeing evidence of alien life (i.e crop circles), 3: Making contact with aliens, and 4: Being a victim of an alien abduction. The film starts out with Mila Jovovich doing a sort of Public announcement/ warning about the content of the film letting you know to perceive the evidence as you would. When I saw this I instantly thought that this was not going to be that interesting. Not to mention the odd camera movement that circled around her (to add to the mysterious nature of the movie) that makes you dizzy.
One of the first things we see is the actual doctor that Mila Jovoich is portraying being interviewed by the director of the film. After a few minutes of her talking and explaining her thoughts of alien abductions we are shown footage that the doctor took herself. This is where the film fell off track in my opinion. Throughout the film we are shown footage that was taken by the doctor and police cameras. It’s cut into the film, often times side by side with the dramatic performances. The only reason I didn’t give up on the film at this point was the fact that the acting was a lot better then a dramatization you would see on rescue 911 or unsolved mysteries. The “actual” footage made it very hard to stay involved in the story because you were constantly being pulled from a movie to a documentary. I can see that they were trying to show you the “real” footage at the same time to try to freak you out a little but it failed completely. Every single time they were going to show you something shocking the dramatization would fade away to show you that “this is the real deal.” Well, it didn’t work for me.
This movie should have been a documentary you would catch on TV. It was just to hard to watch in theatres and enjoy. Like I said before, I’m glad I didn’t have to pay for this movie otherwise I would have asked for my money back.
Even more disturbing is that this film is being marketed as containing real archived footage from these events. The footage seemed altered more times than Cher’s face. A lot of stuff looked doctored, and according to a few websites I’ve checked out it was. Every single person that was involved in these events refused to have any part of this movie with the exception of the main character and one other person. Everyone else refused to comment. The film even says as much at the end of it. I’m not saying that some of that stuff didn’t happen, but it does seem like it was touched up to make it look more believable.
Don’t see this movie in theaters. This is a film to rent if you’re curious about the real footage. Other then that, stay away from it.
I give this movie 1 out of 5. Mikey gives it a 3 out of 5. Dan gives it a 2 out of 5. Cole bitched out and did homework instead.
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