The Fourth Kind (2009)
Critic Consensus: While it boasts a handful of shocks, The Fourth Kind is hokey and clumsy and makes its close encounters seem eerily mundane.
Set in the fall of 2000 and purportedly based on actual events, The Fourth Kind stars Milla Jovovich as Dr. Abigail Tyler, a Nome, Alaska-based psychotherapist whose videotaped sessions with her patients offer the most compelling evidence of alien abduction ever documented. Elias Koteas and Will Patton co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
|Rating:||PG-13 (for violent/disturbing images, some terror, thematic elements and brief sexuality)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Olatunde Osunsanmi|
|Written By:||Terry Lee Robbins, Olatunde Osunsanmi|
|In Theaters:||Nov 6, 2009 Wide|
|On DVD:||Mar 16, 2010|
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Critic Reviews for The Fourth Kind
When the director divides the screen into quadrants for his big finish, the effect is just laughable -- but then by that point, the movie is too.
Unfortunately, none of the subsequent noise is all that scary, and the striving for Paranormal Activity's buzz is shameless.
Something weird is going on in Nome, Alaska. Unsolved murders. suicidal freak-outs. a bunch of people having eerie, similar nightmares. and a spooky white owl.
It's an interesting meta-textual experiment, but that doesn't in itself make for an interesting movie, or a suspenseful one. There are things to like about it, but the whole doesn't really seem equal to the sum of its parts.
Audience Reviews for The Fourth Kind
The actors do passably in this and the direction's not terrible, but the concept and the writing will make you puke, puke like that episode of The Family Guy where everyone pukes. In essence, the devil/exorcist movie franchise adopted towards aliens. Next.
It is impossible to take this any seriously, a stupid fictional film that insults the audience trying so hard to make you believe that everything it tells is real - but the hoax is unconvincing, the screen splitting gimmick is ridiculous and Mila Jovovich a terrible actress.
The movie starts out with Milla Jovovich and the director telling the viewer that everything that you are about to see is a hundred percent true. The PSA-style beginning highlights the ultimate problem with this film: it tries way too hard to convince the audience that the story presented is true. During key scenes the film would show supposed "reenactment" footage along with the "actual" footage side by side and the results are simply laughable. The "reenactment" footage is too over-stylized and over-the-top to be taken seriously while the "actual" footage is so obviously fake. Plus the stuff shown in the "actual" footage is so fantastical that it would have surely shown up on the internet at some point rather than being shown for the first time in movie format. Seeing the "real" Dr. Tyler covered in white zombie-like makeup is also a real hoot. Take away the whole "reenactment of true events" lure, this is just a very sub-par sci-fi/horror flick in which very little happens. Some of the ideas are cool but they are wasted on poor execution. Either they should have went into straight drama format or tell the story in a light mock documentary style just like 'District 9'. Some decent acting and shock moments here and there but this movie was just a waste of a potentially intriguing premise.
The Fourth Kind Quotes
|Dr. Abigail Tyler:||Someone or something came into my room. They took me away.|
|Dr. Abigail Tyler:||[When Will get's stabbed] Ohhhh!|
|Dr. Abigail Tyler:||There's blood everywhere! Everywhere, it's all over me.|
|Dr. Abigail Tyler:||In the end, what you believe is yours to decide.|
|Dr. Abigail Tyler:||An encounter in the first kind, that's when you see a UFO. The second kind is when you see evidence of it: crop circles, radiation. The third kind is when you make contact. But the fourth kind, there's nothing more frightening than the fourth. You see, that one is when they abduct you.|
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