Review | The Fourth Kind
Released November 6th 2009 | ★★
If you’ve heard all the controversy surrounding The Fourth Kind then you’ll know that while the movie claims to be based on actual events, it’s actually all fictional. However, if you forget that the archive footage is faked or if you think owls are shit scary this will really freak you out.
Despite the fakery I went into the film with an open mind. When Milla Jovovich walked slowly towards the camera at the start and told us what had already been proven as untrue, I almost believed her. Universal had obviously put quite a bit of thought into this, Jovovich’s message at the start of the film almost makes you believe the claims.
Once the movie actually got started I noticed scenes from the movie are shown on screen with ‘archive footage’ which was a little confusing at first, but it really brought something to the atmosphere of the movie later on. For the first 45 minutes or so, it plods along at a rather slow pace, it’s only a particular scene that takes place in a bed that really makes you jump out of your seat.
I did realise why people suspected the ‘archive footage’ of being fake when some of the footage showed people being shot and killed. Although it was pixelated there was no way that they would include footage like that in this film, and if they did the film wouldn’t have gotten a rating of 15. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend The Fourth Kind but if you do watch it you’d do well to skip the first 45 minutes of ‘story’ and get to the half-decent jumpy bits.