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Friday, September 10, 2010

THE FOURTH KIND

Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi
Starring Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Corey Johnson, Charlotte Milchard

If you've seen mocumentary horror films like The Blair Witch Project and Cannibal Holocaust and thought they were brilliant, you might get a kick out of The Fourth Kind. It doesn't follow the traditional way of dramatic storytelling because it mixes fictious dramatizations with "real" amateur film footage of the same events. The title is a reference to the classification of the fourth kind of alien entounters which is abduction.

The film centres around a small town of Nome, Alaska as it's habitants are experiencing extraterrestrial phenomena. The story is told from the point of view of the local psychiatrist, Abby Tyler as all her patients start to share the same experiences of close encounters and eventually she is abducted as well.

The film was marketed the same way Blair Witch was meaning that it was claimed that the events and characters are real. They are not. For instance, Jovovich plays Dr. Tyler in the dramatizations but the "real" Tyler from the real interview is actually also an actress by the name of Charlotte Milchard. She was initially simply credited as "Nome resident" but when her real involvement came to be known her IMDb credit has since been updated to "Real Dr. Abigail Tyler".

The bottom line obviously is if the film works or not regardless of all the hype surrounding it and it does work to some degree. The Fourth Kind does manage to give the chills on occasion but it's still no masterpiece of horror cinema because that's exactly all it's able to deliver, chills without any lasting effect.

KITEYTETTYNÄ SINIVALKOISILLE
The Fourth Kind on The Blair Witch Projectin tyyppinen mukamas oikeisiin tapahtumiin perustuva ja niistä "aitoa" kuvamateriaalia dramatisoitujen kohtausten lomassa tarjoava trilleri. Vaikkeivät tapahtumat pienellä taustatutkimuksella osoittaudukaan tosiksi, niin leffa sentään tarjoaa muutaman tehokkaan ja ahdistavan kohtauksen. Kivaa viihdettä, joka löytyy pian unohdettuna Anttilan alekorista.

The Fourth Kind at IMDb

3 comments:

Beauty Smartie said...

Yes, I saw this film too and thought it was pretty weird.. What's up with all those "real footage" clips that seemed fake?

And woman who played the "real Dr. Tyler" was scary as hell!! That was the scariest part in the whole movie everytime she appeared!!

Beauty Smartie said...

Yes, I saw this film too and thought it was pretty weird.. What's up with all those "real footage" clips that seemed fake?

And woman who played the "real Dr. Tyler" was scary as hell!! That was the scariest part in the whole movie everytime she appeared!!

EdWood said...

I found the part very unnerving where the guy started levitating above the bed and making that horrible scream :) effective :)