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Movie Review: The Fourth Kind

March 2, 2010

What’s the best ingredient in watching a horror movie? Watch it alone. Yesterday I watched The Fourth Kind alone. For someone who is not really a fan of horror films, the experience is crazy. I almost left the cinema because I’m just scared out of my wit’s end about the coming scenes in the movie.

What is this thing about First Kind, Third Kind, Fourth Kind? It pertains to the scale of measurement regarding the interaction of human beings with organisms we call Extraterrestials. The First kind, is seeing an Unidentified Flying Object a.k.a UFO. The second kind, is feeling them such as seeing crop circles, interference to your TV or radiation, everything that pertains to feeling them. The third kind, is having contact with the extraterrestrials and knowing that they exist…they undoubtedly exist. And the Fourth Kind, is all about alien abduction.

The story starts with Mila Jovovich, telling the audience that the movie is based on actual events, complete with actual clips and record about what happened in Nome, Alaska from Dr. Abigail Tyler’s case studies on the peculiar similarities of the interactions that her witnesses had with the aliens. The movie got all these clips of the witnesses hypnotized to remember what really happened ala The Exorcist. If you are the jumpy type, prepare yourself for scenes that are just terrifyingly graphic and scary.

The buildup of the story is okay. It is peppered with all the ingredients that will make the audience be interested to know what is going to happen next. If you are a fan of the Blairwitch Project, then this movie is definitely for you. It’s the Blairwitch Project with a more organized and “steady” video footage slash Paranormal Activity slash Roswell.

There is also an underlying question on the validity of Mila Jovovich’s claim at the beginning of the movie. There are just some scenes that are too graphic, I doubt that the families of the witnesses and the FBI/Police would permit this footages to be viewed by the general public. If this is not staged, then it is definitely shocking.

If you are the to-see-is-to-believe type of moviegoer, then this movie may not be for you. The talkies and the cant-see-the-alien-only-hear-them vibe may disappoint you. But if you enjoyed movies such as the Blairwitch Project and Paranormal Activity, then you might like it.


2 out of 5 popcorn kernels

The Fourth Kind is released by Viva International Pictures, in Theatres March 3. Special thanks to Viva, Az, and SM Cinemas for the tickets.

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