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The Fourth Kind
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Mar 10, 2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Olatunde Osunsanmi

Actors:
Milla Jovovich
Will Patton
Elias Koteas

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Since the 1960s people in Alaska have been mysteriously vanishing, going crazy and even committing murder and suicide. Psychologist Dr. Abbey Tyler is at ground zero, trying desperately to help her patients and figure out what happened to her husband.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Immediately upon seeing the trailer for THE FOURTH KIND I thought of the abduction flick FIRE IN THE SKY and how as a kid it scared the holy hell out of me. I love a good alien flick, though I prefer a more cloak and dagger approach to the all out, in your face INDEPENDANCE DAY or the spoofy MEN IN BLACK. Thankfully this baby thrives on good old fashioned thrills, imagination and psychological terror. No complaints here as this flick stands up to two of my other favourites being the overlooked IMPOSTER with Gary Sinise and the unappreciated THE FORGOTTEN with Julianne Moore. What this film shares in common with those two is a very real sense of fear and danger, something which I find is missing in film lately but is all too crucial an ingredient.

The story is conveyed in a clever fashion, interwoven between layers of facts and actual footage from therapy sessions conducted back in 2000. The film begins with Milla explaining to us that what were about to see is quite real (cough, cough, so were the BLAIR WITCH tapes) but that Im free to interpret it as I may. I appreciate that, and though Im not really sold on each and everything I saw in this film, I do personally believe in abduction theories and the existence of other life forms. No, I was never abducted, I havent seen a UFO and thank Christ I havent had any owls at my window but the fact that I do believe in these things certainly made for an extra dose of tension.

The effects via blurred video tape were about what youd expect and nothing too spectacular, I mean realistically nearly EVERY film in this sub-genre uses this approach in an attempt to add depth and realism. Do I think it helps? It all honesty I feel that these tactics hinder the ability to believe and end up hurting the overall atmosphere of any film. Now the use of animals is another story entirely. When a movie takes an animal and uses it to give off a sense of evil I feel the hair on the back of my neck rise. The owls used in the film did just that, and under the context in which theyre used, I have a feeling that Im now pretty much scared of snow owls.

THE FOURTH KIND is a top notch suspense thriller with loads of dark thematic elements, religious nods and a wondrous cast that know how to deliver. Im a serious fan of Milla Jovovich; I feel the womans come a long way and can tackle any project without breaking a sweat. Will Patton is another favourite, and though the man is underused by my standards, when hes there, hes all win. The real Abbey Tyler creeped the hell out of me, she seems sincere but thats truly debatable. This is a film that hits hard and just so happens to know which pressure points to attack. I like that approach, and hope to see more of it in the coming days.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: Theres a little over twenty minutes here but its mostly extended scenes and some extra real footage. Nothing stands out except for a scene involving another owl, which I have to say looks ten times more evil than the other ones. I dont think Ill ever visit Alaska.

Theres also some BD-LIVE footage if you can hook up to internet.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Theres lots to love here if you dig the cast and appreciate the subject matter, it was a double win for me and despite this Blu-ray being fairly skimpy on the extras, I still highly recommend this film at the very least as a rental but even as a purchase.
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