The Fourth Kind (15)

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Posted: Fri Nov 6 2009

'Do you honestly believe,' symapthetic psychoanalyst Dr Campos (Elias Koteas) asks his widowed friend and colleague Dr Abbey Tyler (Milla Jovovich), 'that your daughter was taken by members of an alien race?' Yes, it's alien abuction time again, with some ancient Sumerian mumbo-jumbo and Erik von Daniken-style 'God was an astronaut' tosh thrown in for bad measure. This time, however, the verifiable 'truth' of the events depicted is reinforced through the use of actual video and audio footage of hypnotised patients, plus interviews with the real shrink. As is traditional with tales of alien abduction – see also 'Communion' and 'Fire in the Sky' - these patients live in the middle of nowhere, in this case the tiny Alaskan town of Nome.

Despite the threat to her family and her sanity, the angry scepticism of the local sheriff (Will Patton) and the professional concerns of her fellow shrink (Koteas), Dr Tyler (Jovovich) is determined to continue her murdered husband's research. This study involves a group of disturbed patients who, under hypnosis, are struggling to recall something traumatic that happened to them in the early hours of the morning, following nightly visitations by a spooky owl. Are these strikingly similar stories and expriences evidence of alien visitation, or just the ravings of the psychologically disturbed?

Leaving aside the improbability of everything that happens, and the fact that the archive recordings are obviously faked, the decision by writer-director Olatunde Osunsanmi to inter-cut the scratchy 'found' material with the dramatised scenes is self-defeating. If the entire film had been staged as a spoof documentary, the grainy video and distorted audio might have retained some power. But by mixing the 'found' footage' with the re-enacted scenes  - sometimes by splitting the screen into two or four sections - Osunsanmi's tricksy formal device simply reinforces our disbelief and invites ridicule.
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15

UK release:

Fri Nov 6, 2009

Duration:

98 mins

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Paul

I'd never heard of this film before I saw it for the first time last night. I had no knowledge of the 'real' case so I had a completely open mind and i was looking forward to seeing real and dramatised footage of the events. I had read no reviews. All I can say is....what a crock of etc etc. I was so disappointed. That's 2 hours of my life i wont get back!! A story that in itself, is poorly told. The 'real footage' is just laughable and the ending is unresolved. The whole 'this really happened' spin just makes the whole thing tedious. As soon as the 'alien encounters' take place the video packs up...well there's a surprise. The sad thing is that the film took $40 million, from paying customers. At least I saw it on TV at no cost.

Sarah

I should have known what I was in for after reading the reviews! Why am I so intent on finding out for myself? Not a good film!

Sean P

The worst film I have seen in a long, long, time. White owl = aliens who speak "Sumerian" = rubbish.

Lara

Again, I agree that it is always a good idea to make your own judgemnt on a film and take no notice of reviews. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and found it thought provoking and quite scary, especially with the real footage. Would recommend this film and think all the acting was pretty good.

Mac

Thought provoking but more the story of mental disturbance than abduction. Much more evidence and explanation required to make it believable. Is there any supporting documentarty evidence? Why were those involved not able to support it? Interviews with those involved would give it much more credibility. One was left feeling is this fiction or fact.

Chris

Terrible film, and if this film has inspired anyone to go into an amateur dramatics class because they have seen Milla Jovovich act should think again, she is a poor actress who has hacked her way into Hollywood. She is so terrible and the film is bad too with a rubbish plot.

john

just saw this film on holiday in usa with my wife & 13 yr old grandson , we nearly jumped out of our seats several times , really enjoyed the film & the video footage blended well with the movie , recommend u watch this film !

john

just saw this film on holiday in usa with my wife & 13 yr old grandson , we nearly jumped out of our seats several times , really enjoyed the film & the video footage blended well with the movie , recommend u watch this film !

Kiarian

Top film. Engaging, scary and well made. Ignore Time Out's review. They don't have a clue.

Kiarian

Top film. Engaging, scary and well made. Ignore Time Out's review. They don't have a clue.

Gary Goold

How could you give this film a 1 Star, even if you don't believe the events its still doesn't warrant this low rating, only a really naff film with no story line would apply this rating. A great film which is highly viewable. I suggest as a critic you should re-watch with fresh eyes. Everyone else on here has given it high ratings, its funny that you haven't!!!

mel

This film is very clever because there has been case studies very similar in the past so you either believe it or you don't. I do believe we arnt the only planet with life and Im pretty sure we have been visited maybe asleep or day to day, who knows its wot you believe that films this film so chilling

mel

This film is very clever because there has been case studies very similar in the past so you either believe it or you don't. I do believe we arnt the only planet with life and Im pretty sure we have been visited maybe asleep or day to day, who knows its wot you believe that films this film so chilling

joanna(;

This movie really made me jump.... haha but then again i am a big scaredy cat(: NEways well this movie really had some good points about like how do we know wats really going on in the world or in our bed rooms after we shut our eyes.... but then again like they say in the movie in the end... its ur choice!!! :)

joanna(;

This movie really made me jump.... haha but then again i am a big scaredy cat(: NEways well this movie really had some good points about like how do we know wats really going on in the world or in our bed rooms after we shut our eyes.... but then again like they say in the movie in the end... its ur choice!!! :)

usman khawaja

repetitive stress syndrome - The movie is a bizarre shizoid experience which makes no sense with a double parallel narrative ,where a documentary is re-enacted twice as drama ,as if the audience are morons who do not comprehend simple english . The Sumeirian angle and the so-called explanation of the illogical phenomena is totally devoid of any logic and poor Milla Jovovich is wasted to the hilt . It is a total disgrace to distort both history and reality to make an insipid drab movie which has no drama ,horror or thrills and worst is a total nightmare in style . It is like drowning in an ocean of ennui with a hysterical woman for company -totally miserable

MissDomi

This movie really really makes u think. It has some terryifing moments and therefore i STRONGLY recommend watching it at least 7 hours before u go to sleep.. i watched in the afternoon and when i went to bed i still had this movie on my mind and was really glad i dont sleep alone.... however , i give it 4 stars because if it was not based on real cases studies this movie would be rather considered as average or even weak, secondly i think the potential of the story was not 100% developed and plus the real Dr. Tyler looks like a proper psycho so for me it kinda affected the credibility, although as she said'' the videos dont lie''. I general, the movie is really worth to watch ,just make sure you dont go on your own. Pity ,there is no one brave enough to continue the research of dr. Tyler.... and i just wonder how many ppl will go to this town now...

kaaaart

brilliant in terms of being thrill, whether its a true story or not it is really scary!

kaaaart

brilliant in terms of being thrill, whether its a true story or not it is really scary!

Daniel

The Fourth Kind is a lot better than what this critic rated it to be. It is a truly chilling, creepy and thought-provoking film that will send chills down your spine. I cringed in most of the scenes since they were downright terrifying. All in all, I highly recommend this movie... it's really worth seeing for yourself. Perhaps, it'll make a believer out of you...

Daniel

The Fourth Kind is a lot better than what this critic rated it to be. It is a truly chilling, creepy and thought-provoking film that will send chills down your spine. I cringed in most of the scenes since they were downright terrifying. All in all, I highly recommend this movie... it's really worth seeing for yourself. Perhaps, it'll make a believer out of you...

Salvatore

I just watch this movie but i don't know what to believe! It makes me think and discuss a lot but I google it and looks like is not based on a true story or events as they (in various occasion) state!