The Fourth Kind (2009)
(15) Running time: 98 mins
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Writer: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton
Reviewed by: Matt Wavish, official HCF critic
Come on, what kind of idiots do the makers of this film take me for!!!! I actually felt quite insulted that they tried to pass this off as a true story. My god this was awful! I really really wanted to like it but I couldn’t. Every time there was another clip of “actual footage” I got more and more angry. For those who don’t know, this film is supposed to be a true story, and Mila Jovovich introduces the film and explains how she will be playing the part of the woman whose husband was murdered by some unknown force. The woman is a shrink, and decides to move on with her life in this quiet mountain town. Being a shrink, she is dealing with more and more locals who are not sleeping, and a mysterious owl keeps appearing at their windows. People are committing suicide, and when two of her recent patients kill themselves and their families after being hypnotised by the shrink, the local sheriff points the finger at her.
Elias Koteas almost saves the film as the shrinks shrink, who eventually puts her under hypnosis to try and find out why her husband was murdered, and also to try and find out why one her of tape recordings has her explaining what she intends to do with some patients and then falls asleep, only to scream two minutes later as some demonic voice seems to be attacking her. Anyway, the film is made to look like 24, with multiple split screens with both the “actors” playing out the events, and the “real footage” to the side just so you can see how well the filmmakers have put it all together! Its bollocks. The “actual” footage is acted by people who simply cannot act, especially the main woman. For footage that’s supposed to be real, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
I get what the filmmakers were trying to do, but it just doesn’t work. It’s trying WAY too hard to be real; in fact, it’s painful to see quite how desperate they are to make you think it’s real. Oh, and how fortunate that all the names have been changed and that none of the people involved were available for comment, or wanted nothing to do with the film. What kind of fools do you take me for, eh??? True stories about otherworldly goings on CAN work, just look at the Mothman Prophecies or Fire in the Sky. Maybe if the Fourth Kind was made as just a film, without all the supposed “actual” footage, I might have felt less insulted and may actually have enjoyed it. But unfortunately, this film just tried my patience, I am not an idiot!!!
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