The Fourth Kind Review
Synopsis: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.
There are four kinds of movies. Great ones, Good ones, Bad ones, and Wastes of time. This is The Fourth Kind. The Fourth Kind (2009) is a sci-fi horror film that literally promises a disturbing story in its opening but ultimately fails. Director/Writer Olatunde Osunsanmi attempts to raise the stakes by inserting “real” footage that plays alongside with the events of the movie. Not only is this footage obviously fake, but it also completely undercuts the pacing and emotional pull of the movie.
Why should I care about the characters in this movie, if you’re presenting the “real” footage to me? If you want to make a movie seem more real, either make it as if everything shown is real or present it as an adaption of true events. None of this bullshit recreation of actual events mixed with real documents. If I wanted to see that, I’d watch the endless amount of trash on the ID network.
Anyway, I suppose I should talk about the story a little bit. Dr. Abbey Tyler, played by Mila Jovovich, has a string of patients that have been experiencing strange occurrences for most of their lives. After one of her patients kills his family and then himself, the police of Nome, Alaska starts to question her and her practice. Compelled to continue her work, she goes deeper into the minds of her patients through hypnotism. While conducting these studies, she discovers that she and possibly her deceased husband, have gone through the same horrific occurrences as her patients.
Will she solve the mysteries of her husband’s death? Will the creepy owl do anything? Will you care? No.
Truthfully, it’s not a bad idea for a story. Just so happens the execution of the story is awful and completely heartless. There’s no real action in this movie, everything and I mean everything is said by the characters. The Fourth Kind is all Tell Don’t Show.
I subscribe to the theory that a monster unseen is scarier than a monster shown in the first 5 minutes. But, The Fourth Kind shows us nothing at all. We only get to hear about the aliens, oh yeah it’s aliens by the way, during the hypnotism scenes, and then we have to rely on dialogue, acting, and sound effects to make it scary. Some might say inventive; I say lazy and cheap.
There is no payoff to this movie. You expect an epic ending, unveiling all the mysteries that were set up. Instead, The Fourth Kinds opts out for a shoddily acted monolog delivered by the “real” Dr. Abbey Tyler for that last horrifying moment.
I can’t recommend this movie. It’s supremely boring and will leave you feeling like you’ve lost an hour and a half of your life. But, if you do want to see what happens when the malleable rules of screenwriting go awry, maybe you should check it out.
The owl was creepy, and Mila Jovovich gave it all she had. Sadly, all she had was wasted on a poorly written, edited, and directed film. Don’t bother with this one, folks.
1 creepy owl out of 5
About The Fourth Kind (2009)
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Writers: Olatunde Osunsanmi, Terry Robbins
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi