Fourth Kind

A movie directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi

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The Fourth Kind... I'm a believer... Are you?

  • Mar 25, 2011
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 I can say for certain that I'm a disbeliever. Truth is if I saw what appeared to look like a UFO right now I'd probably wonder what type of hoax the "Balloon Boy's" father was up to now, but I went into the film with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

The Fourth Kind is an unusual film that mixes the reality of a psychologist's study tapes and audio recordings with over dramatized footage, using Hollywood stars to portray various "characters" in the film. But this film does not pretend to be anything other than exactly what it is. The opening scene of the film is Milla Jovovich standing before a camera making a statement that every scene in the film is supported by archived footage of events that took place in Nome, Alaska in October 2000. Then again at the end Milla and director Olatunde Osunsanmi restate that we have to make a decision on our own as to whether we believe or not, and that the film is to simply bring to light actual documented footage and audio clips of events that took place in 2000.

The unusual collaboration gives the film a unique choice in editing and offers you a side by side comparison of some of the events. Even with the addition of Hollywood mixed with archived footage I will confess that I did jump during sections of the film. I did question some of the footage, but I had to keep in mind that when watching a film like The Fourth Kind you must allow yourself to have a suspension of disbelief. You have to allow yourself to forget about the limits of reality and "the real world" and allow your brain to wonder into the world of disbelief. I have heard that many people could not believe anything that took place during the film. They laughed during the "encounter" footage, and I even heard one person walk out of the theater say "with you being an aspiring filmmaker I cannot believe that you thought that film was any good." Now that was the only comment I laughed at during my entire time at the theater.

The Fourth Kind is a film that simply asks you to take an hour out of your day to simply experience another person's experiences. Accept them for what they are, or are not. Then to make a decision as to whether or not you can believe what you just witnessed. If you can allow yourself to let your mind wonder, ingest, and then decide you may just walk out of the theater with something to talk about and maybe even a film you enjoyed, rather than feeling as through you wasted your time and money.

Now trust me, this film is not for everyone. If you do not have any doubts in your mind that abduction theories absolutely positively do not exist, than I may suggest you try for a different film. But if you are looking for something a little different than the typical Hollywood style film, and you accept the film for what it is and nothing more, than I would say this just might be he film for you.

So, are you willing to give yourself and this film the opportunity to share with you one persons experiences so you can decide for yourself?

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March 25, 2011
Wow, good review. I have not seen this, but do believe that we are not alone in the universe(s).
March 25, 2011
Thanks! If you have nothing better to do it's definitely something to check out as it was done really well.
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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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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 ...

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Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Release Date: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: Maple Pictures (March 16, 2010)
Runtime: 1hr 38min
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