The Fourth Kind (2009) Movie Review

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The Fourth Kind (2009)

2009 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
98 minutes / 1h 38min

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The Fourth Kind Plot Synopsis:

In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. Modern-day, Alaska, where-mysteriously since the 1960s-a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. 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.

The Fourth Kind (2009) Review

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

  • The Fourth Kind Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 2
  • Overall Score: 3.13
  • IMDB: 5.9
  • MetaCritic: 3.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 1.9

About The Fourth Kind 2009

Title: The Fourth Kind
Year: 2009
Runtime: 98 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Score: 1 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.56/5 stars from 68,712 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 68,712
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Fourth Kind Cast Starring: Elias Koteas, Milla Jovovich, Corey Johnson, Enzo Cilenti, Sara Houghton, Alisha Seaton, Eric Loren, Mike Straub, Vladimir Kolev, Julian Vergov, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Daphne Alexander, Tyne Rafaeli, Charlotte Milchard, Paul Stefanov, Kiera McMaster, Ioan Karamfilov, Jay Glenn Sunberg, Sylvia Lultchev, Valentin Ganev, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Andrew Whipp, Ioan Lov, Raphaël Coleman, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Raphaël Coleman
The Fourth Kind Writers: Olatunde Osunsanmi, Terry Robbins
The Fourth Kind Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Box Office: $25,500,000
Production: Universal Pictures
Language: English, Aboriginal
Country: USA, UK