Like most others of it's kind, the script was poorly paced. the story would jump from one thing to several others without ever really completing a thought. And the dialogue was pitiful. Especially when the professing Christian was introduced.
But why complain about that when you can complain about the performances? They were terrible! Filled with awkward blocking, faulty line deliveries, and a very viable awareness of the strangely placed camera, this puts "writer/director" Rich Cristiano right in the league of directors such as Ed Wood and William Morgan.
Sorry folks, not actual entertainment. And probably not even very good witnessing material, as the gospel was presented with a very unloving face. An all around fail.
Unidentified is about two reporters for a very prestigious, fair and balanced magazine (called "Both Sides") who are investigating a series of UFO sightings across the southern United States. One of the reporters is Keith, a polite and level-headed Christian guy who just wants to get to the bottom of the story. The other is Brad, your typical atheist character: a jackass who interrupts people while talking, speaks with dripping sarcasm and a constant sneer, and blames the UFO sightings on... yes, weather balloons.
The movie can be summed up with a single conversation between our atheist Brad and an old man who used to work for a Special Ops force that sought out UFOs, but who is now an adamant Christian:
Brad: Now that you've got religion, you think the unexplained must be demonic?
Old Man:: Yes. Yes, I do.
That's about the extent of the Christiano perspective on the world. If they don't understand it, it's evil. Nice guy Keith eventually begins to seek the help of a co-worker named Darren during his interviews with the people who have seen the flying saucers. Darren is 100% behind Jesus, which makes him even more of a jackass than Brad is -- and frankly, kind of frightening, too, in the way that he angrily confronts people that are dabbling in Wicca.
Darren, combined with Brad's constant persecution! are slowly leading Keith back to God. Keith has forgotten to read his Bible, but soon becomes convinced that he must return to the good book before he can truly solve the mystery of the UFOs. He'd better figure it out soon, because many of the people he's interviewing are speaking of shadowy government figures that are telling the witnesses not to speak about their experiences. Are the UFOs really demons, as Darren says? If so, is the government working for Satan?
When Brad confronts Keith on what he thinks of the Bible, Keith says that he believes it is the one true word of God. He realizes he has been a fool for not reading his Bible every day, and runs to his cabinet to retrieve it. I had to laugh as the word King James Version were printed on the spine in bright, gold letters. Seems the one true word of God comes in many different versions, eh?
After a long series of repetitive interviews and arguments (classic Christiano!), the movie comes to a hasty conclusion that offers absolutely zero resolution for any of the story arcs. There's a sort of scare that convinces Brad that "that Christian 'Rapture' thing" may be happening, see, because atheists have never heard of the Rapture before.
Then Darren finishes in a very shocking manner, telling Brad that he has nothing to worry about since obviously God doesn't exist... or does he? It's interesting: these movies never seem to offer any reasons TO believe in God/Jesus, and instead their arguments invariably boil down to, "Well, what if we're right? Won't you be sad?"
It's never, "This is why we're right." It's always, always some sort of version of Pascal's Wager where the Christian guy shrugs and says that he's lost nothing if God doesn't exist, but the atheist guy is going to have to burn in eternal torment if he's wrong. Of course, the Christian guy never seems to consider the possibility that Judaism, Islam, or any one of the hundreds of other Christian denominations could be the correct one. And he never realizes that if he's wrong, he hasn't "lost nothing" -- he's lost much of his life.
Unidentified is not absurd enough to be funny, as many of the Christiano brothers' other films are. But luckily, it's also not so repetitive as to be painfully dull... as many of the Christiano brothers' other films are. In the realm of Christian cinema, most of this movie is pretty okay. But the third act's complete disregard for every plot-line that had come before really, really hurts the film. Really.