The Fourth Kind is a new film from Universal presenting itself as a dramatized account of a purportedly real string of stories from the isolated town of Nome, Alaska. A town that inexplicably has a hard time keeping its residents safe on Earth. An excerpt from the official synopsis:

"Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.

Using never-before-seen archival footage that is integrated into the film, The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film."

Now when something is marketed with that much confidence it's only begging to be picked apart. Though I think that particular brand of cynicism should be reserved until after you've seen the trailer, which Sci Fi Wire unveiled recently.


First I would just like to say that I don't outright hate the trailer. I think the movie has a nice look to it that extends beyond the obviously nice looking Milla Jovovich. I'm an instant fan of the mass "owl" sighting, which invokes a very favorable bit of nostalgia for The Mothman Prophecies. But I could do without the first 32 seconds.

Are you aware of the year, Universal? Maybe we could buy into your delusion if you had the foresight to make The Fourth Kind two decades before faux documentary was all the rage. The year is not 1989, though. It's 2009. I can debunk the validity of your claims from a cell phone sitting on my toilet. If this footage is so real, why has it never been seen before? If the footage is real, why blur out the face of the "real" Abigail Tyler? Oh, yeah, because that blur is freaky as hell. Convenient.

Sorry, but I've grown sore with the whole "Based on a True Story" label that Hollywood uses to lure in the gullible. At least films like The Strangers make the claim in a simple opening title card. They don't have an actress break the fourth wall to tell us how "real" it is. Your trailer debuted on the Internet, for crying out loud. Might as well have just dared us to Google how made up your story is.

But even after all that malarkey, I'm still game. I'll still buy a ticket on November 6th because I'm a sucker for any film that involves aliens. Woe is my wallet.
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