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The Fourth Kind (2009)

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  • Genre: Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 6 November 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 98 min
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  • IMDb page: The Fourth Kind (2009)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 31,597 votes 
  • Genre: Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 6 November 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 98 min
  • Filming Location: British Columbia, Canada
  • Budget: $10,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $25,464,480(USA)(3 January 2009)
  • Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
  • Stars: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas and Will Patton
  • Original Music By: Atli Örvarsson   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Alien | Alaska | Abduction | Owl | Cover Up

Writing Credits By:

  • Olatunde Osunsanmi (screenplay)
  • Olatunde Osunsanmi (story) &
  • Terry Robbins (story) (as Terry Lee Robbins)

Known Trivia

  • “The Fourth Kind” is a reference to scientist J. Allen Hynek’s famous categories involving the sightings of UFOs. Close Encounters of the Third Kind also referred to this scale.
  • According to promotional materials from Universal, the film is framed around a psychologist named Abigail Tyler who interviewed traumatized patients in Nome. However Alaska state licensing examiner Jan Mays says she can’t find records of an Abigail Tyler ever being licensed in any profession in Alaska. Ron Adler, CEO and director of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute and Denise Dillard, president of the Alaska Psychological Association say they’ve never heard of Abigail Tyler. Web sites for an “Alaska Psychiatry Journal” and “Alaska News Archive” containing references to Tyler were created by the film’s producers, but were outed as hoaxes when it was discovered they were registered a month before the film’s release and the purported author of one of the archived news articles stated she had never written it.
  • The movie’s hoaxed interviews have angered the families of real missing persons in and around Nome, Alaska, for trivializing their loss. Melanie Edwards, Vice President of Kawerak Inc. (an organization representing tribal peoples in Alaska), described the movie as “insensitive to family members of people who have gone missing in Nome over the years”. Universal has refused to discuss the movie with that organization or with local journalists.
  • The real Nome is 51% native Alaskan, but there are no indigenous characters in the film (at least none stated to be).
  • The end credits do not include the usual “The events and persons depicted in this film are fictitious…” or “The film is based on the real events…” section.
  • The habitual soundtrack used for the ending credits of the movies is changed by diverse audio tracks where people call to the police explaining their UFO’s sightings.

Goofs: Factual errors: In the film, there is a sheriff and deputies that provide police service to Tyler's home. This is wrong, as Nome has a police department, and there are no sheriffs in the state of Alaska.

Plot: A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up. Full summary »  »

Story: In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. Modern-day, Alaska, where-mysteriously since the 1960s-a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film.Written by Anonymous  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Paul Brooks known as producer
  • Joe Carnahan known as producer
  • Guy Danella known as co-producer (as Guy A. Danella)
  • Michele Greco known as co-producer
  • Jon Gudmundsson known as co-executive producer (as Jon Bjarni Gudmundsson)
  • Vinca Liane Jarrett Esq known as co-executive producer (as Vinca Liane Jarrett)
  • Veselin Karadjov known as line producer (as Vesselin Karadjov)
  • Jeff Levine known as co-producer
  • Ioana Miller known as executive producer (as Ioana A. Miller)
  • Scott Niemeyer known as executive producer
  • David Pupkewitz known as co-executive producer
  • Terry Robbins known as producer (as Terry Lee Robbins)
  • Jonathan Shore known as associate producer
  • Norm Waitt known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Milla Jovovich known as Abbey Tyler / Herself
  • Will Patton known as Sheriff August
  • Hakeem Kae-Kazim known as Awolowa Odusami
  • Corey Johnson known as Tommy Fisher
  • Enzo Cilenti known as Scott Stracinsky
  • Elias Koteas known as Abel Campos
  • Eric Loren known as Deputy Ryan
  • Mia McKenna-Bruce known as Ashley Tyler
  • Raphaël Coleman known as Ronnie Tyler
  • Daphne Alexander known as Theresa
  • Alisha Seaton known as Cindy Stracinski
  • Tyne Rafaeli known as Sarah Fisher
  • Paul Stefanov known as Timothy Fisher (as Pavel Stefanov)
  • Kiera McMaster known as Joe Fisher
  • Sara Houghton known as Jessica
  • Julian Vergov known as Will Tyler
  • Yoan Karamfilov known as Ralph
  • Charlotte Milchard known as Dr. Abigail Tyler
  • Valentin Ganev known as Nome Resident
  • Vladimir Kolev known as Nome Resident
  • Jay Glenn Sunberg known as Nome Resident
  • Sylvia Lultchev known as Nome Resident (as Sylvia Loulcheva)
  • Olatunde Osunsanmi known as Interviewer
  • Mike Straub known as Archive Deputy Ryan (uncredited)
  • Andrew Whipp known as Archive Tommy Fisher (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Anna Andreeva known as first assistant makeup artist (as Ani Andreeva)
  • Antoaneta Andreeva known as personal hair stylist: Ms. Jovovich
  • Robin Levine known as key hair stylist: additional photography, Los Angeles
  • Robin Levine known as key makeup artist: additional photography, Los Angeles
  • Wayne Russell known as key hairstylist: second unit, Vancouver
  • Tatyana 'Tita' Sleptsova known as key makeup artist (as Tatyana Sleptsova)
  • Christina Smith known as personal makeup artist: Ms. Jovovich
  • Nelly Teova known as key hair stylist (as Neli Teova)

Art Department:

  • Iva Aleksieva known as painter
  • Petko Angelov known as builder: furniture
  • Petko Angelov known as carpenter
  • Borislav Belberov known as stand-by props
  • Ryan Berg known as art department coordinator: additional photography, Los Angeles
  • Borislav Bogdanov known as set dresser
  • Edward Bonutto known as art director: additional photography, Los Angeles
  • Boyan Boyanov known as painter
  • Ventsislav Buchevinov known as laborer
  • Dirk Buchmann known as property supervisor
  • Ivan Butanski known as set dresser
  • William F. Castonzo known as art department production assistant: additional photography, Los Angeles (as William Castonzo)
  • Mihail Chehlarov known as carpenter
  • Emil Dimitrov known as carpenter
  • Kiril Dimov known as carpenter
  • Maria Doicheva known as painter
  • Boris Drumev known as painter
  • Miroslav Evtimov known as carpenter
  • Plamen Evtimov known as laborer
  • Bojidar Evtov known as construction foreman (as Bojidar Eftov)
  • Georgi Georgiev known as carpenter
  • Borislav Golev known as carpenter
  • Irina Hadzhieva known as art department coordinator (as Irina Clarkson)
  • Lubomir Harizanov known as assistant carpenter (as Liubomir Harizanov)
  • Nikolai Ivanov known as carpenter (as Nikolay Ivanov)
  • Petko Ivanov known as set buyer
  • Simeon Jivkov known as carpenter
  • Rumen Kapitanski known as laborer
  • Stanimir Karadraganov known as carpenter
  • Peter Kimov known as carpenter (as Petar Kimov)
  • Georgi Kodzhabashiyski known as set dresser (as Georgi Kodjabashiiski)
  • Svetla Koleva known as painter
  • Tanko Koprinkov known as painter
  • George Kotselov known as carpenter (as Georgi Kotzelov)
  • Hristo Kuchiev known as laborer
  • Nikolai Loveikis known as leadman: additional photography, Los Angeles
  • Georgi Markov known as carpenter
  • Philip Markov known as laborer
  • Stefan Markov known as carpenter
  • Kosta Maslev known as assistant carpenter
  • David Michael Max known as construction coordinator: additional photography, Los Angeles
  • Tsvetan Maximov known as laborer
  • Martin Mihailov known as painter
  • Ani Mihailova known as painter
  • Miko Mikov known as assistant carpenter (as Mitko Mikov)
  • Plamen Milanov known as laborer
  • Bruce Mink known as buyer
  • Bruce Mink known as property master
  • Yossif Mladenov known as draftsman (as Yosif Mladenov)
  • Miroslav Nedyalkov known as assistant carpenter
  • Pavel Nestorov known as carpenter
  • Axel Nicolet known as construction manager
  • Nikolai Nikolaev Markov known as carpenter (as Nikolay Markov)
  • Irena Nikolich known as paint foreman
  • Miwa Nishiji known as storyboard artist
  • Miwa Nishiji known as storyboard artist: additional photography, Los Angeles
  • Krassimir Pashkulev known as assistant set decorator (as Krasi Pashkulev)
  • Pavlin Pavlov known as carpenter
  • Ivan Petrov known as property master
  • Svetlozar Petrov known as assistant carpenter (as Svetozar Petrov)
  • Violeta Petrova known as painter
  • Borislav Radovanov known as carpenter
  • Krasimir Rizov known as graphic designer
  • Lia Roldan known as set decorator: additional photography, Los Angeles (as Lia Rolden)
  • Kalin Stefanov known as set dresser
  • Ivan Todorov known as assistant carpenter
  • Stoyan Tsakov known as builder: furniture
  • Stoyan Tsakov known as carpenter
  • Peter Tsenov known as assistant carpenter (as Petar Tsenov)
  • Ivan Ushanov known as assistant carpenter
  • Valeri Yankov known as lead carpenter
  • Dacho Yotov known as carpenter
  • Todor Zarev known as carpenter
  • Zhivko Zhelyazkov known as storyboard artist (as Jivko Jeliazkov)
  • Vasil Zlatarev known as stand-by set dresser

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • Gold Circle Films (presents)
  • Chambara Pictures
  • Dead Crow Productions (as Dead Crow Pictures)
  • Saga Film (produced in association with) (as SagaFilms)
  • Focus Films (produced in association with) (as Focus Films [UK])
  • Fourth Kind Productions

Other Companies:

  • AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services  insurance (as AON/Albert G. Ruben)
  • Alaska Search and Rescue Association  special thanks
  • Artbeats Digital Film Library  stock footage (as Artbeats)
  • Background, The  walla group
  • Brand New Bag Entertainment  epk
  • CIT Group  production financing (as CIT Lending Services)
  • Chao Chao  catering: Bulgaria
  • Chapman University  special thanks
  • City of Nome, The  special thanks
  • Egida 2001  security: Bulgaria
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Entertainment Partners  payroll service
  • Faded Discs  UFO audio files
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance (uncredited)
  • Investec Bank  additional financing
  • J.L. Fisher  dolly equipment: additional photography, Los Angeles
  • Keslow Cameras  cameras: additional photography, Los Angeles (as Keslow Camera)
  • Kodak Cinelabs  film stock
  • Loeb & Loeb  counsel: CIT and Investec Bank (as Loeb & Loeb)
  • Nome Police Department  special thanks
  • Nu Boyana Film Studios  camera dollies, grip, lighting, electrical equip, remote cranes, & heads (as Nu Boyana Studios)
  • Nu Boyana Film Studios  provided by: camera, lenses, & support (as Nu Boyana Studios – Bulgaria)
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio  digital intermediate (as Pacific Title & Art Studio)
  • Paskal Lighting  grip equipment: additional photography, Los Angeles
  • Paskal Lighting  lighting and electrical equipment: additional photography, Los Angeles
  • Pivotal Post  Avid editing equipment
  • Screen Actors Guild (SAG)  acknowledgment
  • Sharpe Sound Studios  audio post-production (as Sharpe Sound)
  • Sonic Magic  adr recording
  • Talent Partners Casting  extras casting (as Talent Partners)
  • Vantage Film  PSU digital video assist
  • Vantage Film  provided by: camera, lenses, & support (as Vantage – Germany)
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack

Distributors:

  • Acme Film (2010) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Acme Filma (2010) (Latvia) (theatrical)
  • Alfa Films (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Aurum Producciones (2010) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Belga Films (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Best Film (2010) (Poland) (theatrical)
  • Central Partnership (2010) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • E1 Entertainment Benelux (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • E1 Entertainment (2009) (Ireland) (theatrical)
  • E1 Entertainment (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Equinoxe Films (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Gussi Films (2010) (Mexico) (theatrical)
  • Hollywood Classic Entertainment (2010) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Maple Pictures (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Next Entertainment World (2010) (South Korea) (theatrical)
  • Nu Metro Cinemas (2010) (South Africa) (theatrical)
  • Palace Pictures (2010) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Spentzos Films (2010) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Viva International Pictures (2010) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • CatchPlay (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Deltamac Entertainment (2009) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Future Film (2010) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (both cropped to 1.78:1)
  • Ledafilms (2010) (Mexico) (TV)
  • Maple Pictures (2010) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Media Pro Film Distribution (2009) (Romania) (all media)
  • Mis. Label (2010) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Noble Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Noble Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Pacific Title and Art Studio (visual effects) (as Pacific Title & Art Studio)
  • Plowman Craven & Associates (3D Cyber scanning and digital modelling)

Visual Effects by:

  • Michael Bogen known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Andrea Caretta known as lighting and texturing: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Scott Coulter known as visual effects producer
  • Alan De Castro known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio (as Alan DeCastro)
  • Mark Freund known as visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Nikolay Gachev known as executive visual effects supervisor
  • David Geoghegan known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Maureen Healy known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio (as Maureen Nixon)
  • Andrea Hernandez known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Phillip Hoffman known as visual effects producer: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Patrick Keenan known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Cristian A. Kong known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Marios Kourasis known as animator: Pacific Title & Art Studio (as Marious Kourasis)
  • Duncan Lees known as head of 3D services: Plowman Craven and Associates
  • Richard Lieu known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio (as Rich Lieu)
  • Lisa Markou known as visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Matt Melis known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Josh Mossotti known as 3D lead artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Danny Mudgett known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Jessica Noll known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio (as Jessica Stebbins)
  • James P. Noon known as tracking
  • Dolores Pope known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Andrew Somers known as main title design
  • Andrew Somers known as visual effects supervisor
  • Xye known as tracking
  • Greg Cheng known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Jenna Mateo known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Prateep Siamwalla known as tracking (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 24 October 2009 (Screamfest Film Festival)
  • USA 1 November 2009 (Fangoria Trinity of Terrors)
  • Malaysia 5 November 2009
  • Canada 6 November 2009
  • Ireland 6 November 2009
  • UK 6 November 2009
  • USA 6 November 2009
  • Taiwan 27 November 2009
  • Japan 18 December 2009
  • Croatia 31 December 2009
  • Singapore 31 December 2009
  • Brazil 1 January 2010
  • Estonia 1 January 2010
  • Czech Republic 7 January 2010
  • Israel 7 January 2010
  • Netherlands 14 January 2010
  • Italy 22 January 2010
  • Mexico 22 January 2010
  • Greece 28 January 2010
  • Spain 29 January 2010
  • Russia 11 February 2010
  • South Korea 25 February 2010
  • Philippines 3 March 2010
  • Kazakhstan 12 March 2010
  • Lithuania 19 March 2010
  • Argentina 1 April 2010
  • Belgium 4 April 2010 (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Finland 7 April 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 7 April 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 15 April 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Kuwait 24 June 2010
  • Panama 2 July 2010
  • Poland 2 July 2010
  • Belgium 28 July 2010
  • France 28 July 2010
  • Hungary 15 September 2010 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for violent/disturbing images, some terror, thematic elements and brief sexuality

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. sgtiger from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:56 am

    I just saw a screening of this movie last night. I didn't know a thingabout it when I sat down. By the end of the movie I was sitting in myseat and staring at the screen with hollow eyes.

    I looked at my girlfriend and our faces said: "No way… but… no,couldn't be… good god!"

    The use of real vs. recreated footage gets you. The sounds in the realfootage and recordings will REALLY get you.

    Do yourself a favor and don't research the film before you go in. Thisis a movie that needs to be taken in with a blank and open mind to beappreciated.

  2. moviemanMA from Massachusetts
    30 Mar 2012, 4:56 am

    A few weeks ago I went to see an independent horror film that washonestly one of the scariest viewing experiences I have ever been apartof. That film is the monster hit Paranormal Activity. Now we have yetanother unique viewing experience, this one is The Fourth Kind.

    I have never been a huge believer about visitors from other worlds,UFOs, and conspiracy theories, but I must say that if there was ever afilm that made me question if only for a second that their might belife out there somewhere, it would be this movie. It starts off withactress Mila Jovovich introducing herself and giving a preface to thefilm. She says that the film is based entirely on first personencounters and is backed up with evidence both in audio, visual, and intestimonial form.

    We are then introduced to Dr. Tyler, the woman who Jovovich isportraying. She is being interviewed by the director OlatundeOsunsanmi. This interview is broken up and played at different pointsof the film. The look on Dr. Tyler's face alone gives you theimpression that the story we are going to be told has obviously wreakedhavoc on her life.

    We begin after the death of her husband whose mysterious death has yetto be fully resolved. She is working on a sleep study in the town ofNome, Alaska where some of the residents have been telling her about acertain disturbances in the night. One in particular involving an owloutside their windows.

    Without ruining too much of the plot and some of the "good" parts, Iwas pretty impressed with this film. I liked how much emphasis they puton the evidence. Osunsanmi obviously wants there to be no doubt thatthis movie is perceived not just as a movie but as a document. It'shard to believe that this is based on actual events seeing that some ofthe "archival evidence" is so startling and shocking. We have all seenvideos and pictures of UFOs but these videos and audio clips are by farthe most unsettling.

    How could this story with all of it's evidence go unnoticed? Wouldn'tit have helped Dr. Tyler's case? This so called evidence is so powerfuland so unsettling, were it real I would be led to believe a lot ofpeople around the world would reconsider that existence of intelligentlife on other worlds.

    I've read plenty of reviews calling this film a fraud, a let down, anda disappointment. I on the other hand thought that this was unique,compelling, and disturbing. It's not the scariest movie ever made, butthere are certain images that will stay with you for a while. I havegiven up caring about whether or not this is a real case or if it ispartially or entirely fabricated. It's fun, scary, and different. Inthe end it's a movie, a movie is supposed to entertain and make youthink.

  3. tpaladino from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:56 am

    I really delayed seeing this movie because of all the crappy reviews Iread on here and in other places. How it was all a hoax and that thefilmmakers must think we're idiots and it ruined the whole premise andblah blah blah.

    But I just watched it and I honestly can't understand what they're allso pissy about.

    Yeah, the 'real' footage is fake, and the viral campaign to make'Abigail Tyler' internet-real failed. It really, really doesn't matterthough. This movie fully accomplished its goal of being super creepyand very unique and entertaining. If the critics would get off theirhigh horse for a minute and actually watch the film then maybe they'dappreciate what they're seeing just a little bit more.

    The interweaving of the 'real' footage with the 'movie' footage was afantastically creative way to drive home the emotional edge that thefilmmakers were going for, and it worked superbly. And fake or not, thestory is realistic enough to be at least somewhere within the bounds ofplausibility for our imagination to make us cringe just a little bitmore than we usually do with sci-fi/horror films about zombies or otherthings that are clearly impossible.

    Its obviously not the greatest movie ever made, and Mila Jovovitchisn't the greatest actress ever, but she played her part well, as dideveryone else.

    Overall this film is very much worth watching, despite what the criticshave said. Very entertaining and will definitely leave you thinkingabout it for a while afterward. Fake or not, what more can you ask for?

  4. brittlinder17 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:56 am

    Why do so many people feel like a movie has to be a life changingevent? This movie is a great way to spend 1 1/2 hours. The acting isvery good. The "real" vs acting element is well done. Milla does awonderful job drawing in the audience. The story is fun & the conceptis entertaining.

    Some movies are done just to provide entertainment. Nothing more,nothing less. This is one of those films.

    Go with a good attitude and enjoy. There are no life lessons to learn.There is no great revelation. Just go for fun.

    Enjoy!

  5. jemdev1337 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:56 am

    The Fourth Kind goes to great lengths to convince you that everythingin the film has actually happened. The commercials for the film claimit to be a true story, and the movie opens with Milla Jovovich vouchingfor the truth of the story. No "based on a true story". Milla Jovovichsuddenly appears at the beginning of the story amid a spinning camerato inform you, in an all too familiar PSA style, that "Hi, I'm MillaJovovich, I'm an actor portraying a psychologist". Long story short,her and the director inform you that what you are about to watch is"real" and "serious".

    Then the movie plays, and you get shots of the Milla playing hercharacter sharing split screen with the "real" archive footage. Thearchive footage works for a while, until the story decides to kick inand the footage gets more bizarre. In a method used more conservativelyby shows like The X-Files, and films like paranormal activity, thecamera cuts out during any action and you get "VHS blur" that obscuresthe entire screen. The entire screen is obscured for upwards of 30seconds at a time, and it becomes obvious that they are abusing thiseffect to avoid using actual special effects.

    Actual on-screen special effects are poorly done. They are obviouslycomputer edited, and what's worse is that they consist of effectseasily available in consumer level products like Adobe After-effectsand Sony Vegas.

    The sheriff who works against Milla throughout the film is a terribleactor. Enough said. Milla herself looks more like an owl than the owlaliens her clients report seeing. The film also adds lots ofnonsensical morals and metaphors that are completely pointless. I won'tspoil anything, but the aliens at one point say "I am… I am ______",blank being the most obvious thing they could say. Of course, thismetaphorical plot line is dropped instantly, just to make sure thisfilm has no depth.

    And then after several scenes of what is supposed to be MillaJovovich's character in real life (who looks more like a crack addictthan an abductee) the film abruptly ends. We get another PSA scenewhere Milla Jovovich gives you facts about FBI visits to the town fromthe film completely taken out of context, (She implies the visitsrelated to abduction, when in fact they related to drinking andexposure to elements related incidents) and then proceeds to inform youthat made-up missing little girl was never found.

    What would truly be an emotional ending is, however, in no wayemotional the second you learn that the film and all the characterswere completely fabricated. There is no evidence that any of thecharacters exist. No one in Nome remembers any of these events. Nome'ssheriff which the film informs you couldn't be reached for comment, wasin fact reached for comment, in which he reinforced that the movie wasnonsense and truly a stain on the town that would hurt tourism.

    In the end, it's a truly week film that's only shining grace is that itis a true story.

    The only problem being that it isn't.

    The worst part of the entire film however, is when the credits roll andthe film offers no disclaimer to inform you that it was fictional. Thefilm effectively lies to you. The end.

  6. Seb from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 4:56 am

    At the start of the film you are told this is all true, though clearlyit isn't. I don't really understand the point of that. It's fair enoughto imply it's real but to outright lie about it, that's just a bitdesperate.

    I quite enjoyed the movie to start with but it falls apart towards theend. The thing is nobody knows what Sumerian sounds like, it's not likeyou can look at the alphabet and say "that letter looks like an ooohsound" as the writers seem to think. It's a shame that the lazy hacksthat put this one together couldn't be bothered to fix this huge andeasily remedied plot hole by using Egyptian which would have workedjust as well. It didn't spoil the movie for me, but it did serve as agood example of how badly conceived the whole thing was. No wonder theyhad to go for a stunt to sell it to the audience.

    Likewise the twist doesn't work either. It's a shame because I thoughtthis would be quite a good film but yet again I expected too much.

  7. aahein from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:56 am

    This movie was genius.

    I went in to this movie not understanding what I was signing up for. Iknew it was "based on true events" but I mean come one. We all knowwhat that means in the movie world. "Based on true events" horror filmsusually end up being less scary than completely made up because you sitthere and you're like…that's dumb. They so obviously made 90% of thatup. I mean they have potential, but most of them fail. Epically.

    But…this movie was different. The opening was fabulous, having MillaJovovich walk on screen and say "I'm actress Milla Jovovich and I willbe portraying Dr. Abigail Tyler…*background info*…What you areabout to see is extremely disturbing." (This is, by the way, theunderstatement of the year). It set up the premise of the filmbrilliantly. I think that if the film had been purely recreated footageit would have fallen down the same slippery slope to failure that somany before it has. But by mixing in interviews by the director withthe real Abigail Tyler and actual (or fake actual…really it doesn'tmatter. The impact is the same) video and audio recordings the filmmakers scored big time. The recreations were creepy. The actual videosthe placed next to and over top of the recreation? Those were deeplydisturbing and downright terrifying. Someone earlier complained aboutthe split screen and 'merry go round' shots, but I thought they werefabulous. I don't know, something about seeing several angles of thingsand seeing the real footage next to the recreated footage just madewhat was happening hit so much harder. And the sound!! The sound madethis film. Using the real audio recordings, even when the only thing onthe screen was reenactment, was just…inspired. Those sounds! I can'tget them out of my head. There are just…no words.

    I also just have to say that I loved the fact that they did not showthe aliens. It made it infinitely more effective. In fact I thinkseeing aliens would have ruined the film. But not showing the alienswent back to the days of Hitchcock who showed us that the man with theax is infinitely less terrifying than the idea of the man with the ax.This movie was very refreshing in a world where ridiculous amounts ofgore and so one rule the horror scene. Gore and cheep scares canentertain us for a while but eventually just end up insulting ourintelligence. But The Fourth Kind hits hard and is extremelydisturbing, right to the core. Thank you film makers, for acknowledgingour intelligence as viewers.

    Honestly, I'd recommend this film to anyone who's looking for a trulyterrifying horror film. But be warned. It's not for the faint of heart.But in all seriousness, the film was remarkably well done. Everyone inthe theater sat for a good 5 minutes during the credits before we couldspeak or move. I adored this film, even if it looks like it is going tobe leaving me without sleep for a while. Go. See it. Now.

  8. mavegibson from Vancouver, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 4:56 am

    This movie was outright terrible. I am amazed at some of the commentsand reviews. It's hard to imagine what people see in this piece ofgarbage. The writing was bad, most of the acting was bad, the story wasbad. The choices they made in presenting the material were alsounbelievably bad. Showing two actors portraying the same scenes formuch of the film was just… I can't even find the words to describehow misguided that was.

    The thing is, I was totally willing to suspend disbelief and watch thiswith an open mind, as I knew in advance it was about alien abductionsand therefore would likely have some major silliness in it. But theydidn't throw me a single bone in terms of something – anything to clingonto to keep the story believable and engrossing. By halfway throughthe movie, it was clear that "scary" or "thrilling" was completely outof the question, but I would have settled for "halfway compelling" orat the very least "entertaining". Sadly that wasn't in the cards.

    There was only one thing in the entire film that I liked, and that Ifound creepy. The so-called abductees kept saying they saw an owloutside their window (and it was really creepy when they'd get thislook of horror on their face and say, "That's not an owl!!"). The useof the owl as similar in appearance to the typical alien face was, inmy opinion, a brilliant move – and it really was creepy. Too bad it waswasted on an otherwise offensively bad film.

  9. catsklgd1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:56 am

    I had tremendously high hopes for this movie, especially based upon thetrailers and viewer reviews. However, the use of gimmicky "true videofootage," along with what were represented as "actual audio recordings"gave it the feel of a "Blair Witch Project" on studio steroids. The useof cheap, theatrical scare tactics, including sudden movements and loudnoises, diminished rather than enhanced what little tension the filmmanaged to achieve. But, the worse transgression was the use of anactress (I know I've seen her before, but I can't recall her name) toportray the "real" Abbey Tyler in what were supposed to be actual videorecordings. So, what you end up with is an actress (Milla Jojovic)acting as the real Abbey Tyler who is then played by another actress.Sorry, but it just doesn't work. Sadly, there are wasted in thisproduction some excellent acting performances by the aforementionedMiss Jojovic, Will Patton (always excellent),and Elias Koteas (Law &Order). I am a sucker for this type of film, but in this case I feelmore like I was duped.

  10. bob-1728 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:56 am

    Despite a excellent cast, this is a dreadful film. It can't decide ifit's a documentary, a docudrama or a fictional tale. This identitycrisis infuses every scene with an uneven, unfocused quality.

    It makes constant reference to Nome, but the setting is not at all likeNome; the people would not be inhabitants of Nome, and their reactionsmight be very different. Many may think this isn't germane to the film,but in fact the surroundings and the life style of the people representan entirely different world. Why not say it happened in Ketchikan,Fairbanks, British Columbia? Or film it in some cold tundra like, well,Nome, or northern Finland? A film purporting to be documentary in anyway should at least start out offering something resembling the realpeople and places.

    The cast is talented and tries to deliver a fine performance, but theyare blocked at every turn by the film's lack of identity and the poorediting and production values. The constant inter-cutting of 'archivalfootage' is distracting and comical.

    Did this really happen? I went with an open mind, and was so thoroughlyput off by the utter poor quality that I don't care anymore.

    Save you money. There are other (good) films to watch.

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