quite intrigued when I read the blurb about this movie, more so when
actress Milla Jovovich introduced the movie as herself, explaining that
the choice is yours to believe the “actual” accounts of alien abduction
which this movie is based on.
cement her statement even more, she adds that what we’re about to see is
extremely disturbing and through some careful Hollywood trickery, I was
caught... hook, line and sinker.
that said, The Fourth Kind is a very well made movie that uses every
trick in the book to make the viewer believe and like Blair Witch or
Paranormal Activity, the movie uses handheld cameras or “archival
footage” that like a comic book puts the new footage next to the old to
lend credibility to the story.
watched the movie, not knowing what to expect or was this real? I was left flabbergasted
at the end and my brain was unable to comprehend what I just saw... was
it real? Surely not because I’ve never heard
anything about it.
then again, the archival footage is quite frightening at times
which did send chills up my spine and almost looked real. However as Google is my friend, I
found a few clues to the validity of the story such as one Charlotte Milchard. However like Milla Jovovich said, the choice is yours to
believe but even so, this is one psychological ride that I thoroughly
story focuses on the last stage of alien sightings which is “The Fourth
Kind” that is a physical meeting between man and alien, more
specifically with abductions. The central character in the film is Dr.
Abbey Tyler (Jovovich), a psychologist who is based in the remote Alaskan town of
Unfortunately for Tyler, her husband Will was violently killed but
rather than get lost in her mourning, she continues to counsel the town
residents until an alarming theme is discovered. It appears that the
majority of people she counsels, all see a white owl at night and when
two of her clients are hypnotised to learn more, it seems that alien abduction is the
most logical possibility, even for this scientist.
This causes a chain
reaction in the town, especially with the Sheriff (Will Patton) who believes that
Tyler’s tampering with hypnosis is the cause of this evil. However
through the persistence of Tyler, we learn that she herself was abducted
by these demonic sounding aliens. This is where the movie becomes a true
mind #$@! which will leave you questioning the validity of it all but
ironically it works perfectly.
compliment the wonderful directing by Olatunde Osunsanmi who really
knows how to pull on your heartstrings, the musical score only compels
the story even more, thanks to Atli Örvasson which will have you on the
edge of your seats. As mentioned in another great movie "The greatest
trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist"
and Osunsanmi should be
commended in merging the so called video evidence, interviews and audio
to create a very powerful and almost faux documentary.
Blu-ray, The Fourth Kind looks brilliant with realistic skin tones,
larger than life colours and image quality that could be considered
reference material. What makes the Blu-ray video stand out even more is
the merging of archival footage with the actual movie that is 1080p. The
contrast only highlights the powerful story even more and it also boasts
some cinematography to die for. Add in some great use of surround
sound it had me jumping out of my chair on more than one occasion which is just
another cool trick that the director uses… bravo… bravo indeed!
only problem with the Fourth Kind is the lack of extras whatsoever!
Nothing! Zippo! Nada! I was hoping to see more “archival” footage of Dr. Tyler’s
interview or the making of this clever ruse. However, even though I went
into this movie blind, I was pleasantly surprised and The Fourth Kind
took me on a very memorable and creative ride about aliens and the like.