Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Fourth Kind (2009)

After a day without the Pittsburgh Steelers, which was focused on completing my Dexter marathon in preparation for tonight’s season debut, it was time for a bit of a break. What to watch prior to Dexter to pass some time is a challenge. My selection for the evening was something from a different spectrum, The Fourth Kind from 2009.
Plot/ A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.
After some time passed where I could think about this movie, I think I see things a lot clearer. Yes, it is not the scariest or even best UFO abduction flick out there, but on many levels, it is entertaining. In fact, it has a lot going for it. The way the “real” footage was woven into the fabric of the film, the solid performances, and interesting storyline all work in harmony to allow for something original to take place. Sure, the pacing is off a bit, and some of the editing choices do not make the flow work, but that is easy to overlook. In the end, this somewhat original and realistic journey into this dark arena is entertaining and worth watching, and for some it will leave you thinking about the possibilities that exist outside the mainstream collective.


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