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Movie Review: The Fourth Kind

Intense. Scary. That describes it pretty well. I should also warn you that it does a nice job of pretending to be real. On the back cover it says that it's based off of true events and includes actual archived footage. There isn't even a disclaimer in the film saying that the events and people portrayed are fictitious. In fact, they say just the opposite. They say that this shit actually happened and that you are watching real footage of it. Well, you're not, but if you watch the movie thinking that it's true, it does enhance the experience. I'm not going to knock off points for the fakery, though, because I enjoyed it so much.

The Fourth Kind didn't get the best reviews. It's at a measly 18% on RT, and the audience rating is 44%. I guess that places me in the minority of people who liked it. It's by no means perfect, but it's scary and atmospheric and it made me think about my grandmother, who believes in aliens. She listens to what I call "alien radio". Or she used to. She'd fall asleep to it. She also likes gruesome, scary-as-hell movies. I should totally get this for her!

Milla Jovovich and Elias Koteas (Ninja Turtles! Woo!) star in this. Milla plays Dr. Abigail Tyler, a psychiatrist who is dealing with a string of patients suffering from the same thing. They have been having trouble sleeping, and they are being an owl. Alright, so I laughed a little every time the owl was shown, but it really is creepy. So Dr. Tyler hypnotizes one of her patients in order to get him to remember what really happens to him every night (for some reason, he can't recall). Everything goes to hell after that, and Dr. Tyler takes the blame for it. Not only is she worried sick about these people, but she is also still traumatized about the murder of her husband, whose killer hasn't been found. Her young daughter went suddenly blind right after his death, and her son blames her for all the bad things that have happened.

Life sucks.

While all of this is going on, we are treated with "real" footage featuring the "real" Dr. Abigail Tyler and the "real" phenomenas that occurred. I recognized the actress playing her, so that was a big giveaway, along with other factors (if this happened, why did I not hear about it????).

Overall, this is an interesting sci-fi/horror film. I think if you like the Paranormal Activity movies, you might like this, too.

Oh, and side note. One of the flaws about it is that the actors speak in low voices. I thought is was realistic since they were playing psychiatrists, but I prefer some projection.

My grade: B+


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