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The Fourth Kind is a science fiction-thriller film directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, and starring Milla Jovovich. The film is purported to be a documentary reenactment set in Nome, Alaska, and deals with alien abductions. The title is derived from Jacques Vallee's classification of close encounters with aliens, in which the fourth kind denotes an alien abduction.

The film is supposedly based on actual events, and is set in Nome, Alaska, a town which (according to the movie) has a disproportionate number of reported missing people and alleged alien abductions over the last forty years. Milla Jovovich plays psychotherapist Dr Abigail Tyler, who is allegedly based on a real psychologist who videotapes interviews with the abductees. The abductees all claim they see a strange looking owl at their window, before suffering strange psychological attacks. Recordings from videotapes reveal a distorted voice speaking in Sumerian, the oldest recorded language in Human history, and Tyler begins to suspect a government cover up.

This is the first major film by writer and director Olatunde Osunsanmi, who is a protégé of independent film director Joe Carnahan. The movie claims to be a re-enactment of original documentary footage. It also claims to use "never-before-seen archival footage" that is integrated into the film. The film was shot in Bulgaria, and the lush, mountainous setting of Nome as it appears in the trailer bears little resemblance to the actual Nome, which sits amidst flat tundra on the shore of the Bering Sea.

The film's trailer states that the story is based on "actual case studies," but does not specify which cases are covered. As a result, much speculation has risen regarding the search for documented evidence from the actual cases and whether or not Dr. Abigail Tyler's is a real person, or just a created figure for use in an internet viral marketing campaign.

On September 1, 2009, an investigation by the Anchorage Daily News tried to debunk the validity of the film's premise, and its relation to actual disappearances that have occurred in and around the town of Nome. However, there still remains a mystery surrounding the deaths of many of Nome's residents, though the general consensus is that the high rate of alcoholism combined with the harsh landscape surrounding Nome may account for a majority of the disappearances.

A Google search for Dr. Abigail Tyler returns a number of blogs and websites discussing the veracity of the claims made in "The Fourth Kind" movie trailer, as well as two websites that contain links to articles about the supposedly real Dr. Abigail Tyler. The two websites are: http://alaskanewsarchive.com/, and http://alaskapsychiatryjournal.org/entries/Dr-Abigail-Tyler-Bio.html. Both of these sites contain copyrights of 1997 at the bottom of the page; however, as whois search identifies that both of the websites were created on the same day that the movie trailer was released. This has led to speculation that Universal Studios created these websites to confuse the public as part of a viral marketing campaign. A number of people have questioned the ethics of such a marketing campaign, as one of the websites listed above claims to be a news outlet, and the other a medical journal. Comments on a number of websites show concern about how a person seeking legitimate medical resources would be able to tell the difference between a real website and one such as that listed above. Notably, neither site contains any noticeable disclaimer that it is fictional (unlike common practice with similar viral sites), and the Alaska News Archive site also includes links to a number of legitimate Alaska-related websites.

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CastMilla Jovovich, Will Patton
DirectorOlatunde Osunsanmi
Release Date:  2009
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
DVD Release Date:  Maple Pictures (March 16, 2010)
Runtime:  1hr 38min
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review by . November 08, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Based On Actual Case Studies Or Pure Marketing Gimmick?
 Hollywood has stooped to the ‘authentic” gimmick that uses the suggestion of truth to make the audience feel involved in the film. Movies such as “White Noise”, “Blair Witch Project” and the more recent “Paranormal Activity” had their successes through the suggestion of an actual event. There is just nothing more strong than the power of suggestion, writer director Olatunde Osunsami’s “The Fourth Kind” actually takes a more …
review by . March 25, 2011
posted in Forbidden Planet
What does it mean to be a believer? The Fourth Kind poses the question, "do you believe in abduction theories". Many of the people that I sat in a theater for the running time of 1 hour and 38 minutes would most likely say no they were not believers. Some may hesitate before answering, and maybe a few would be willing to actually entertain the idea for a few minutes before shaking their heads in disbelief. Truthfully I'm not going to say that I am a believer, but I don't know if …
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2011
A few good ideas and some interesting SFX are squandered on this waste, bogged down by inept direction, embarrassing overacting and a framing narrative that's clumsily and irresponsibly presented as a genuine documentary.
review by . August 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I saw this DVD during the daytime, and thought it was one of the scariest movies I've seen in a long while. Created as a recreation of actual events, this "docudrama" is about a psychologist's examination of victims of alien abductions in her home town of Gnome, Alaska. These abductions are known as the Fourth Kind of alien contact. The psychologist puts her patients under hypnosis during which time they relive their abduction with scary detail. There are few special effects as most of the horror …
Quick Tip by . July 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Lame lame lame attempt at an alien abduction version of Paranormal Activity.
review by . January 31, 2010
Could not have been any sillier
Being stationed in Korea, there isn't very much to do, especially if you're under 21. Hell, over here you can't even go off base unless your 21, so yeah, nothing to do but watch movies. Fortunately there is a theater on base, sure it shows movies that have been out forever (Avatar, 2012, etc) but occasionally it shows a movie that I haven't seen, like The Fourth Kind. I remember when I went to see Paranormal Activities that I thought these two films were one and the same. They were marketed in much …
Quick Tip by . November 14, 2009
I loved this movie- it freaked me and F out since they paired real footage side by side with the actors. It was more of a reenactment...
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