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Film Review: “The Fourth Kind”

(Universal Pictures. 1 hour, 38 minutes. Rated PG-13 for violent/disturbing images, some terror, thematic elements and brief sexuality. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.) Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, Corey Johnson, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Daphne Alexander, Enzo Cilenti, Alisha Seaton. Music by Atli Örvarsson.

A “fact-based” documentary that offers a few shocks but little else. When psychologist Abigail Tyler takes over her late husband’s sleep study, she begins to notice strange occurrences and patterns that suggest otherworldly interventions. As she investigates further, she discovers that she herself may also be a victim.

The primary conceit of The Fourth Kind is that actual footage of the events in Nome, Alaska is interspersed with dramatizations of said events in order to give the proceedings more impact. Unfortunately, some borderline-hammy acting and a snail-like pace bog down the film. Koteas is dull, Patton chews up the scenery, while Jovovich flails, lacking the chops to realize her character. The “actual footage” scenes are by far more successful, supplying some creepy moments as the video is blurred and distorted by the aliens’ presence. The director’s interview with Dr. Tyler, which frames the movie, is a bit off-putting, as I can’t imagine anyone being that deliberately deadpan about alien abductions. The movie begins and ends with a disclaimer about the content of the film, saying you should “believe what you want.” It’s sad that the dramatizations weigh down the movie so badly, as I really wanted to believe.

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Jared Counts moved to Houston in 1995, survived high school and college, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Film Studies. After being hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, he proceeded to bounce between...

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