In remote Alaska, citizens have been mysteriously vanishing since the 1960s. Despite multiple FBI investigations, the truth behind the phenomena had never been discovered?until now. While videotaping therapy sessions wi... more »th traumatized patients, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) unwittingly exposes terrifying revelations of multiple victims whose claims of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details. Based on actual case studies, The Fourth Kind uses Dr. Tyler?s never-before-seen archival footage alongside dramatic reenactments to present the most disturbing evidence ever documented in this provocative thriller critics are calling ?terrifyingly real?The most shocking alien abduction movie to date.? ?Tim Anderson, BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM« less
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL Reviewed on 3/13/2012...
This film attempts to be scary throughout, but fails. The largest problem is the main character played by Milla Jovovich comes off as being somewhat unstable and impossible to like. She's annoying beyond belief and says & does things that cause you to question everything about her. This film had an interesting premise, but fails to live up to it.
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Steven W. (bom1830) from SAN LEANDRO, CA Reviewed on 9/12/2011...
The very time I saw this movie I was stunned I must say ! At that specific time I did not know that it was a 'docu-drama type' movie not really based on actual truths per se but over all it is ONE AMAZING MOVIE THAT WILL KEEP YOU GLUED TO THE SCREEN FOR SOMETIME!!
All of the actors/actressess they chosen to play the various parts w/in this movie were 'spot-on'. Their onscreen chemistry was played off each other very, very well. I that I could not nor would not show this particular movie to a friend of my mind who has some emotional issues since there is quite a bit of emotional outbursts from being hyponotized for regression type therapy to found out what these people are actually seeing, sensing, and communicating with. Very, Very disturbing for those who might have a weak constitution mentally since the way this movie has been put together is like a documentary movie but very intense emotional responses from the various roles within the movie.
The movie diffidently draws you in and you are stuck until the ending credits are rolling upon your screen. At some points during this movie you will ask youself .....
" Is this for real...?" If it is your first time you will be asking yourself that same exact question because the way they packaged the movie and how it begins and ends leaves your mouth agape ! We had to research on the web to find out that this movie was not based in reality at all but Oi-Vey it will keep you on your toes that is for sure.
Enjoy and get ready to have your nerves rattled it you want too !! = )
Peace be with you. Love in Christ,
Mr. Steven Wilson
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Deidra C. (Deidra670) from GARRETT, KY Reviewed on 10/26/2010...
THE FOURTH KIND is a very interesting experiment. I'm still not quite sure what to make of this movie. In Nome, Alaska, Dr. Abigail Tyler is trying to make sense of her husband's murder in 2000. She begins to continue his research into sleep disturbances experienced by a large population in Nome.
While the movie gives the impression that what we are seeing is real, that actual video and audio footage is included, that claim is doubtful. However, a little research does reveal that there are several mysterious disappearances and murders in Nome. An article published in 2006 by the Anchorage Daily News, reported that the FBI was denying the idea that a serial killer was responsible for 24 disappearances, 9 of which the bodies were never found. Now while that doesn't support THE FOURTH KIND's claims, it does make one wonder and think about what is really happening in Nome.
THE FOURTH KIND scared me. I didn't expect that. Even though I was sure the "actual" footage was faked, it still disturbed me. It made me pause and catch my breath. I can't say that I enjoyed THE FOURTH KIND, but it definitely provoked a response from me and that's exactly what the film's makers were shooting for.
So yes, I recommend THE FOURTH KIND. But will I look at the night sky the same way again? I don't know.
The stars look very dark tonight.
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Nikki H. (Tinyavenger) Reviewed on 5/27/2010...
Going into this movie my expectations were high and I knew it. I still held out hope since I really like Milla Jovovich but I couldn't help but be disappointed. While it had a couple good scenes, those made up only about ten or fifteen minutes of the movie. The rest was way too slow. My poor husband fell asleep and I even found my mind wandering.
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Jorge S. (jorgito2001) from WESLEY CHAPEL, FL Reviewed on 5/3/2010...
I kept hearing and reading how "good" this movie is, so I finally gave in & rented it...maybe my expectations were through the roof, but I was sorely disappointed. Granted the scary "Alien" scenes ARE scary, but they are too few & far between. Its more of a slow family drama with too many therapy sessions and a very slow build up with a "so-so" climax. if your in the mood for a slow burner with more effective "creepiness", you're better off watching "Paranormal Activity".
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3 1/2 stars for scaring the crap outta me
A. Boston | Boston, MA United States | 01/21/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love scary movies but as I get older, I have a harder time with them. Aliens in general are really what freak me out. I can't watch scary movies after a certain time of day, because they give me nightmares. Unfortunately for me, I watched this movie too late because I had low expectations and didn't expect it to scare me. The good news: no nightmares. The bad news: I was awake staring at the door in fear until the sun came up.
While I was pretty sure from the start that the claims of real life footage being in the movie were bogus, it still scared the crap outta me. But the promise of "archival footage" even though it really wasn't annoyed me, so I deducted some points for that.
It starts a little slow but once it gets going it's definitely a good scary movie in my opinion. For me, horror movies aren't about cinematic integrity, but how much they entertain and horrify you. This one fit the bill. Worth a watch(not a purchase), but don't watch it at night. Just a tip."
This is a great film. Is it really a true story?
Almost Home | undisclosed | 03/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, let's start by saying that all the people bashing this film for being "based on actual events" have apparently not seen a horror film since and including Tobe Hooper's epic "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." Ever since horror films have used that label as a gimmick. That is all it is. Get over it. The Blair Witch doesn't exist. Kate and Mika from "Paranormal Activity" are alive and well. New York is not digging out from the Cloverfield monster. No humans died filming "Cannibal Holocaust." Get it? I digress.
The Fourth Kind is one of the most finely crafted thriller/horror films I have seen in a long time. The mix of "real" and "recreated" scenes is done really well. This film also succeeds in an area where so many have fallen flat: The Fourth Kind is actually scary. Imagine, and with a PG-13 rating and everything. The performances are well done. The special effects while minimal have terrific impact. This film does require suspension of disbelief and that seems to be where a lot of people get stuck. If you need to see everything that happens then you probably will not like The Fourth Kind. If you have a great imagination and you are able to play pretend for an hour and a half then you will get a big payoff. Also, as with most films, the less you know going in to the movie the better. Five stars."
In the end what you believe is yours to decide
The Mad Bostonian | Massachusetts | 03/23/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I will not go into plot/ storyline, you can read the other reviews with the plot layed out.
This is just my own opinion/ thoughts and review of the film.
What do I believe? The ending left more questions than answers in my opinion. I believe this movie was a very clever rouse by the filmmakers, in the vain of Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity, Exorcism of Emily Rose, Fire in the Sky, The Mothman Prophecies making something that is said to be based on true events be not true at all or taking slightly the most sliver of truths and building a fictitious story around it, seen it done hundreds of times in books and movies. We do get Milla Jovovich in the beginning of the film stating that what we are about to see are reenactments of events mixed with "real" archival footage of interviews/ hypnosis sessions/ of real people all experiencing some kind of UFO phenomena happening around Nome Alaska in Fall of 2000. Milla Jovovich portrays the Dr in the reenactments then through out we get interview snip- its of the real Dr. Tyler. A part of me wanted to believe this was real, but I would think if a noted Dr of Abigail Tyler's profession would have made this case go nationwide, and that Discovery or History Channel or Larry King would have aired some kind of special about UFO abductions and in particular about strange occurrences in and around Nome Alaska. And this definitely could have been an X Files episode, makes me wonder if the director's inspiration came from the X Files. And The supposedly real interviews and hypnosis sessions through out the movie do seem real and genuinely frightening/ disturbing.... and I don't want to forget the owls... never have owls seemed so other worldly spooky, and ghost like, some scenes the eyes seem to be piercing into your soul when it looks at you, in the movie there is a correlation with the owls and the conjectured other worldly Visitors, and the "real" Dr. Abigail Tyler looks ghostly, sickly, kinda creepy when she first shows up on the screen, we see her being interviewed by the director of this film to give it that realness. Some notable supporting roles: Will Patton, always a favorite of mine turns in a nice performance of the sheriff who doesn't believe in all this UFO mumbo jumbo crap, Elias Koteas as another Dr. friend of Dr. Tyler, gives a good steady performance as well, and Milla of course is great,a different role for her, more dramatic role, shows she's branching off.
I give credit to the over all tone of the movie and mood, and style, way it was filmed, mixing supposedly real footage and the reenactments with the actors, very good plot device. I just have to wonder how would said filmmakers get to clear all the red tape if in fact they were real footage of everything that Dr. Tyler did? But kudos to the filmmaker (Olatunde Osunsanmi)for giving us a genuinely frightening, astounding psychological thriller been awhile since I've had my nerves jangled like that. What bothers me is not knowing if any of this stuff is true??? Guess what I believe in the end is what I decide.... "
To believe, or not to believe
Monkdude | Hampton, Virginia | 11/06/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I thought parts of The Fourth Kind were interesting and will even admit that it gave me chills a couple of times, but I found myself thinking that most of the people claiming to have been abducted by little green men were either mentally disturbed, under the influence of alcohol or on some really freaky drugs. In fact, I just recently saw a show on one of the learning channels that talked all about the deadly combination of alcohol, the lack of daylight and the extreme cold of Nome, Alaska. The FBI even stated that the murders and missing people of Nome are attributed to this alone. Not that they would tell us the truth if aliens were really taking us in the middle of the night, but in this case it fits. On top of all this, I don't know if the "real" footage shown side by side with the actors was tampered with in any way. I also found it curious that it always went blurry or static when the really strange stuff would happen. If this footage has really been around for 9 years, it would have hit YouTube long ago. There was one bit of convincing footage (from a police officer's camera mounted on the dash of his car) that showed a dark craft of some kind flying over the house the same night the main character's little girl was abducted, or so she says. You can hear in the tape that the cop saw the UFO and says that he can see "them" taking the child.
The acting is fairly good. Milla Jovovich ditches her action heroine persona and delivers a decent performance, but Will Patton goes way over the top as the town sheriff and he seems out of place. As expected the people in the "real" footage are more convincing because they aren't acting for a future audience.
This will get a lot of comparisons to Paranormal Activity and the studio is probably wishing they released The Fourth Kind a couple of months before, but anyone interested in UFOs, alien abductions or just want to explore the unknown, there are worse ways to spend 90 minutes. The Truth is Out There.
Sick of these mock-documentaries
Mr. Timothy S. Jones | Kedron, Qld, AU | 06/13/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is like the Blair Witch Project- presented as a real documenatry, with 'genuine documentary footage', but it is actually all fake, a fictional device. This takes away anything the movie might have had going for it, because the idea that it might have been real is the only thing that made it scary- it's otherwise quite an unremarkable film. I must say I do not like this trend of lying to the audience, saying fictional movies are documentaries. It is blurring the lines too much between fact and fiction, and it is fundamentally dishonest. Either a movie is fiction, or it is a documentary. It cannot be both, so please, no more of these con job movies..."