posted on Jan, 17 2010 @ 02:27 AM
Well I've finally seen this movie just now, and I am very disappointed with it on numerous levels.
Somebody a few posts ago mentioned finding the owl very disturbing. You know what I found disturbing about that owl? I was disturbed that the
filmmakers were too cheap to spring for some decent alien effects, and instead showed us the owl and nothing else.
What they've done is they've pulled a cheap trick on their audience. If you promote your film project as a UFO/alien movie and then you don't
friggin' show us the UFOs and aliens, then you're guilty of false advertising.
That sort of thing made sense with the Mothman Prophecies movie, in which not showing us the monster was a legitimate directorial decision, made for
legitimate storytelling reasons.
This piece of crud, however, ain't The Mothman Prophecies, and doesn't deserve to even be mentioned in the same breath as that film.
Based on a true story?
Yeah, right. Maybe that might be true in the most vague sense possible, but if there's really a Dr. Tyler somewhere whose daughter was taken by
aliens, I'll eat my hat.
Actual, archival footage?
Please. You'd have to be a real chump to believe any of that "archival footage" was real. First of all, if it was real, the interviews with "Dr.
Tyler" wouldn't have that funky, artsy, digitally washed out color effect, 'cause real people videotaping real interviews for archival purposes
don't generally use artsy lenses and filters.
Secondly, the scene allegedly showing us footage from a police car's dashboard cam outside Tyler's house? Come on! First of all, police dash board
cams either don't have audio, or they can't pick up audio outside the vehicle. Secondly, in the audio we do hear, if that's an actual recording of
the cop radioing to his dispatcher, why don't we hear a police dispatcher or other cops responding over the radio?
The Fourth Kind was just a complete load of BS, offering no new information and no new concepts or ideas. Ninety eight minutes of Milla
Whatsername and various other actors and actresses crying and freaking out does not equal compelling drama or a decent thriller.
Forgive me if it seems like I'm resurrecting a zombie thread, but it appears this film has just recently come out on DVD, so maybe this is topical
again. If nothing else, hopefully my words will save somebody from wasting money on renting or owning the DVD.