A Horror Movie Pretending to be a New Age Seminar
Errol Icsel | Houston, Texas | 10/05/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was senseless, but I'll give it three stars for actually being creepy. Milla J. plays Dr. Abigail Taylor as does some celebrated British actress. It was weird, half the movie is in split screen with cam-corder footage of the sposed "real" events. Redundant and annoying film style, the 10 million budget split between New Zealand and Buglaria is not likely to help this Director's Carreer, but the movie didn't bomb at the box office, so maybe they will let him do more. I hope he learned from his mistakes. Milla J. was great in the Fifth Element, but hasn't had a decent script since, appearently.
I will say that this movie was well researched, in terms of conspiracy lore. David Icke, Jordan Maxwell, and John Lamb Lash have their work at the center of all this, and the story sucked me in. I did my job as a movie watcher, to suspend my disbelief, but the constant insistance that I believe-believe was too much, although they did it with interesting surrealism. Was I supposed to smoke the ganja first?
This movie does quite a bit with owls and as a side-note, Israelis and Palestinians share more than just a land claim. They are noted for their owl phobia, so this movie will play well in the middle east should it be screened there, but it didn't work with me, and I was never more proud to be a rational gentile. Owls? Seriously? Why not poodles? I feel sorry for anyone who has a phobia problem, especially with cute animals.
Watch this movie with the movies Communion, Insomnia, and that should have you properly dreaming of your next colonoscopy."
Alien Abduction, Real or Fantasy--You'll have to decide your
Channel KDK12 | New Orleans, LA | 10/23/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A tale of alien abduction and the reality of reality, The Fourth Kind is a mix of pseudo-documentary footage and fictionalized recreation. A widowed psychiatrist, Abigail Tyler, is disturbed when her sleep-disordered patients all tell the hauntingly same story. Under hypnosis, they tell tales of alien abduction, enhanced by an unusual presentation in which a split screen shows what is purported to be actual footage of the patients and a simultaneous recreation of the events they describe. Little by little, Tyler becomes increasingly frightened herself, and begins to believe their stories, and then that she and her whole family are victims of abduction.
The Fourth Kind recalls movies like Communion and Fire in the Sky, but is unique in that it plays with our beliefs about truth and fiction on many levels. A complex and deeply unsettling movie.
Kind of lame...
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 10/18/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"In the wake of `Paranormal Activity' and it's huge following, this little copycat film (which isn't really a copycat but is often regarded as such) came out to lukewarm, almost cold reception. Still, I wanted to see it. I am often disappointed in these alien films, but my search for something truly terrifying usually leads me to at least watch it once.
"If I could turn back time..."
Elements within `The Fourth Kind' actually work, and at times they even work well, but overall the clunky and phony feeling to the film leaves the audience rather detached and uninterested. We can address the big pink elephant in the room right on and just say that this film is as `true' as `The Blair Witch Project' was, and so all the constant claims to authenticity are obnoxious and irritating. I didn't need Wikipedia to tell me that this film was a phony (although it did tell me). The supposed `actual footage' is so forced looking and the actual supposed alien possession scenes are completely CGI'd (especially the last one). The film tries very hard to convince you that this is all real, but as the actors say on the outset, what you believe is up to you and there is no way I believe a word of this film. So, with all the `this is real, be very afraid' hoopla, it became apparent that the writers didn't think hard enough about constructing a coherent plot. The film just kind of meanders and wobbles on its unsteady legs. Some scenes contain truly terrifying moments, but they are masked over by overworked segments of force-fed foolery.
I love you Milla Jovovich, but you really need to get your act together.
I think that `The Fourth Kind' is a case of `too much'. It just throws way too much at you. It tries to convince you that the footage it presents is `real', but the overall flow of the film is far too clean to produce any genuine terror. There needed to be grittiness, even to the supposed reenactment scenes, and yet the film is polished and crisp in texture, which takes you out of the `realness' it is trying to present. A lot of the scenes feel overproduced and underdeveloped, especially when the screen is split in fours and your struggling to watch every angle of something that really only needed one angle to begin with. Placing the `footage' side by side with the `reenactments' only shone a light on the scale of bad acting used in this film.
Nothing is convincing.
Alas, there was an hour and half (or so) of my time wasted. I wanted to get scared. I wanted to be terrified. I wanted to lose sleep.
None of that happened."
A broken smile never lies
TastyBabySyndrome | "Daddy Dagon's Daycare" - Proud Sponsor of the Lit | 10/05/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The movie is one that centers around some rather disturbing things that happened in Alaska. It leaves a lot open to the viewer, too, and sometimes that is good. Sometimes it is bad, too, and it also ruins a few of the moive's scenes. A lot of the movie is films in split screen or has real audio playing before or after it is acted out. Sometimes this kills the creativity that is being displayed and sometimes it shows you just how much goes into the interpration of actors. One scene out of everything stuck with me here, however, and it was one with a patient taking a family hostage. In one area you see the family and, in another, you see the people acting it out. Then you see both as the family and the father - the hostage taker - turn his gun on everyone and kill them all.
It was horrid and yet it said something on the reality of what was going on.
The one thing that everyone had in common was seeing an Owl that "was not an owl," but that was thought to be a sign of abduction. There were quite a few oddities here, too, like the things on some of the tapes and some of the possibilities for languages. Still, some of it was not really scientific. The art of recalling memory,for example, is not really a scientific fact. If anything, it was fancy at the time and showing the tapes of it shows how many gaps are there. Sure, people want to believe and, sure, they make tapes that seem strange. The problem is that there is a level of expectation and, much like a parent seeing their child show off to them, this happens here as well.
I say this because I thought some of the showing hurt the movie. In the end you think what you want and you see that something possibly happened to these people. Is it a good thing - no. Is it a proven thing - no. The tapes brought in to suggest it was hurt the movie sometimes and, in some cases, make a case for something other than the suggestion of aliens.
It is creepy here and there, too, but I would have rather had my stars lghting up the sky and not a shellschocked doctor and her peers/patients/whomever making things slide progressively downhill.
That took this to about a 3.6, but rounding it to a 4 makes it seem right because some of it is captivating enough to see more than once."