posted on Nov, 6 2009 @ 06:41 PM
There are slight spoilers below
I've just literally come back from a night showing. It's difficult to try and describe this movie. After the first 25 minutes, I realised that I was
slightly bored. Here I came to watch a suspenseful drama about a subject that should excite the imagination of just about anyone but instead we're
met with something more...normal. In fact arguably 80% of the movie is an illustration of a conventional social dilemma as a family try to deal with
the tragic loss of their father/husband. I didn't know at that point whether or not the fim was being character driven or plot driven.
After the credits, my opinion had completely changed. The shift the film takes in the last 30 minutes is an emotional trek. I loved what the director
did. Instead of bludging the movie with heavy themes of conspiracy and sci-fi, he changed it cultural and social commentary and this is best
highlighted by the persona of the main characters. Mila is open minded and explores the suggestion of non-human intelligence at play, whereas her
counter parts and the Sheriff dismiss that "horse-#" and question her sanity. In fact her friend, also a psychologist, whom actually witnesses the
same things and is later abducted himself, admits to not being able to "accept it". To assert the Summerian aspect into this shows that the
producers/writers know their UFOlogy, and it only dawned on me recently on the bus trip home when I realised that the polar opposite attitudes
displayed by the characters reflects that of todays debates on the subject of UFO's; there are mainly the belivers and a level of sceptism that is
unrelated to the issue of a lack of evidence.
There is this aura of ridicule that surrounds the subject. This woman after the screening asked her partner, with a wry smile, "do you actually
believe in Aliens" with a tone of bemusement. And when you come to think that so many just accept ghosts to be plausibe or even real but laugh at the
idea of non-human intelligence you can't help but feel there is an inconsistency of logic there.
I don't want to ruin the movie and what exactly happens, but I will say that the impression it leaves on you is more thought provoking than the
actual content or developments of the movie itself. If anything, you'll ask yourself how would you feel if you were in her position and the entire
world laughed at you with fear of a truth in their voice