>> The Fourth Kind (2009)

Title: The Fourth Kind

Genre: Sci-Fi, Suspense

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

Studio: Universal Pictures

Runtime: 98 minutes

In Theatres: November 6, 2009

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Rating: 2.70 (out of 4.00)

Grade: C+

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Following in the same steps as Paranormal Activity, The Fourth Kind documents strange disappearances happening in Nome, Alaska which Dr. Abagail Tyler believes to be because of alien abductions. The film is spliced with archived footage and interviews from “real” cases and is said to be a reenactment of what happened.

Before the movie even begins, Mila Jovovich, who plays Dr. Tyler, approaches the camera and speaks to the audience saying that what you’re about to witness is real and blah, blah, blah.

First, to get things out of the way, none of this is real. There is no real Dr. Tyler or any of the other characters portrayed in the film. The only hint of truth it contains is that there have been an unusual amount of disappearances in Nome, Alaska (accredited to alcohol and the harsh climate by the FBI). Aside from that, the entire story is pure fiction.

The fact that the film tries so hard to make it appear real is a huge letdown. Names are given as aliases and background stories are created for all important characters. Throughout the film, archived footage is show side-by-side with the reenactment to show just how similar, and disturbing, the scene is.

The same can be said for recorded interviews and dialogs. They are nicely played overlapping generic scenes or even in sync with what’s happening on screen, just to show that they are using the audio word for word. This would be cool; if not for the fact that they’re reenacting something they created themselves.

With all things to consider, the so-called archived footage does look real. It will make you think and question the possibility that aliens did come to Nome and abduct all these people. This aspect is what drives the fear for the film; the possibility that this all could be real and caught on camera.

The acting, mostly by the actors in the footage, is great. You can see the fear in their eyes and the sincerity in which they believe they have been abducted by aliens. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the actors on screen. While they do put on an alright show, it’s just not as convincing.

The Fourth Kind is a decent attempt at creating a true sense of fright, although it fails in leaving a lasting impression. The style, in which it’s shown, laced with archived footage and audio, is quite unique and surprisingly works well. Still, the fact that you’re constantly being reminded that what you’re watching is real, even though it’s false, is somewhat of a downer.


The Fourth Kind

I believe! In 1971 in Pulaski, Va. Along with my three children
we saw A UFO. I always had a wish to see another, but after
the screening of "The Fourth Kind" God has been kind , for not
letting another come my way.

Any Kind

This movie is very disturbing, a little scary, AND very boring. It's just a bunch of hypnoses put together to form this movie. Some footage and sound are real (supposedly). It's totally not worth my time.


The footage gives credence to the movie. Though some of the Dr's emotions seem orchestrated, rehearsed and stale. Yet, much of the movie I found to be believable.

The Fourth Kind

Good movie. They did a good job of making it seem real. There was
even a couple of jump in your seat parts. I didn't know going into the movie that it was about alien abductions, so when I saw the movie it was a good surprise.


So bad I couldn't wait to get out off there.

Decent Movie

If you believe in alien abduction you like the movie....made you stop and think

The fourth kind wasn't scary enough

If you believe, I do! Still it was too documentary, should have took it further and made it really creepy! I found the doctor creepy, did she always look that way or did her features alter after the experience. She was awfully pale, her eyes sunken in, etc... No really emotions, kinda boring.

Not that scary, for me it looks as if it was a mystery

Just so that everyone know, don't go to Nome, Alaska if you want to get alienated. The ending looks real though. I can't believe her jaw was wide opened, and the voice from the Alien sounded like the movie Poltergeist when the girl was hearing voices from the TV. Hahaha. Average movie. Not a horror movie. Its a mystery movie.

I really liked it

I don't think the movie was meant to be a horror movie, or a super scary movie. It was like a docudrama about alien abduction. It was more X-Files than horror. Don't get me wrong, I love X-Files, and have seen almost every episode. I would watch the movie again.

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