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
The Fourth Kind is a unique sci-fi / horror film about alien abduction in Nome, Alaska. Presented as a side-by-side comparison of 'actual file footage' and re-enactments, the movie creates suspense throughout and delivers a few chilling scenes that enhance the mystery. The balance between the lush cinematography and the eerie unease of the 'file videos' is noteworthy to the film's effectivity. I've seen reactions to this movie run hot or cold, but it's definitely a must see if alien abduction sci-fi is an interest! Recommended!
Apparently based on actual case studies, THE FOURTH KIND is set in Nome, Alaska, where citizens have been mysteriously vanishing since the 1960s.
When young psychologist Dr Abigail Tyler (played by both MILLA JOVOVICH and CHARLOTTE MILCHARD) video tapes therapy sessions with deeply traumatised patients, she unwittingly discovers there is a terrifying connection between them. All tell of suddenly waking up at night to find an Owl at the window staring at them, then unknown figures entering the bedroom. Even under deep hypnosis the victims cannot describe these creatures, only that they are intent on terrible things
When one of her patients suffers a breakdown and subsequently murders his own family, Dr Tyler tangles with local policeman Sheriff August (WILL PATTON), a man who suspiciously believes she is a menace to everybody at Nome with her increasingly bizarre conspiracy theories. Are Aliens really abducting the local citizens and carrying out experimental research on them? Did Dr Tylers husband actually die as she claims, stabbed to death by an unknown intruder one night while he lay in bed next to her, despite the fact that she cannot describe the murderer?
While I found THE FOURTH KIND quite suspenseful at times, it was certainly not as scary as I had expected. The use of so-called actual footage is nothing new, either, having been used to greater effect in previous films such as THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and CLOVERFIELD, but at least the cast performances are good.
Picture and sound quality are adequate but we have to remember that the archive footage is meant to look sub-standard so the film does not always do justice to the Blu-Ray format.
For a film of this type, potential for Special Features is very high yet the only bonus here is the Original Theatrical Trailer. The disc could have included so much more, such as documentaries on this controversial subject or at the very least a short Making Of, but it seems all the other features have been well and truly abducted by Aliens themselves!