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This Weekend I will be reviewing "the Fourth Kind" Starring Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, and Hakeen Kae Kazim. Directed by Olantunde Osunsanmi.
The Fourth Kind has taken on an idea that as been tossed around vibrantly from generation to generation, and it still hasn't completely nailed it. While the film takes an interesting approach to this overdone topic, it still is a little preachy and not intelligent enough to pull it off.
Milla Jovovich starts off the movie as herself, and tells us she will be protraying Dr. Tyler in this 'dramatization' of what really occured, while we are still shown 'actual' footage of the case studies. Its an unique approach, and i fairly enjoyed it. The film is obviously trying to seem more realistic, but it doesn't really pull that off either. Dr. Tyler's husband is murdered one night by something unknown to her. It was a vague happening and she can't seem to remember who committed the crime? Thats all a part of the plot development as we try to discover what it really was. And we eventually do. We then get to meet some of Dr. Tyler's patients, they all seem to have the same problem. A strange owl keeps appearing to them while there sleeping, and they dont know why, and they can never remember exactly what happens. Creepy right? Yes, it is indeed creepy.
What is really intriguing is all of the cool audio and video we get to hear and watch of the 'actual' occurences and sessions with the Doc. Even though it still doesn't feel as realistic as say "Paranormal Activity" it still is cool to see the comparisons, but i don't really understand it. Either they show us a documentary version, or the real thing there is no sense in making us watch a split screen of two actors saying the exact same thing at the exact same time.
Milla Jovovich tells her patients she wants to try something different being that all of her patients are coming to her with the same weird problem. She decides to hypnotize them and ask them questions. Usually this ends in the patients flailing around the room in turmoil. It doesn't really lead anywhere...until one of her patients goes under the hyonoses and then the 'alien' starts talking in a old sumarian language. weird. Things elevate and eventually her daughter is abducted, and noone knows why? Her son is then taken from her because Officer August believes she has done something with her daughter, the same to her husband. So, she tries everything in her power to get her daughter back. Resulting in her and her 2 partners getting abducted. But, they are returned in the same night. There are too many twist and turns in the movie to write a truly detailed review. But, this, i think, is enough information to understand.
The film ends asking one simple question...
"What do you believe?"
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