UFOlogy Hits a New Low With The Fourth Kind: Analysis
The Fourth Kind’s unconvincing, irreverent UFOlogy gives this reviewer chills. The movie stumbles directly into the biggest problems facing the discussion and investigation of UFOs and alien abductions: missing evidence, too many coincidences, cover-up conspiracies and aliens that, given their high-tech know-how, are just plain dumb. [SPOILER ALERT: This article is filled with them.]
It opens with actress Milla Jovovich explaining that the movie is about events that occurred between Oct. 1 through 9, 2000, that she’s portraying Dr. Abigail Tyler, a “renowned psychologist,” and that “every dramatized scene in this movie is supported by either archived audio, video,” or is based on Dr. Tyler’s “extensive interviews with the director.” In the world of UFOlogy, aliens don’t show up on camera. Witnesses, abductees and investigators all find threads of evidence, but there’s nothing cohesively tying them together.
As the internet is flooded with snapshots and video clips of unexplained lights in the sky, none of them is ever conclusive. They always fall short. There’s no UFO equivalent of the Rodney King beating.
Sometimes, the aliens physically walk into victims’ bedrooms and manhandle them into spaceships. But later, as though to prove a point, they use a tractor beam to pull a victim right through the ceiling. This is done in full view of a police officer, even though the aliens have also gone to great pains to suppress their abductees’ memories.
They’re also a little stupid—at one point, they scoop up an entire room full of people, presumably to scare them into ending their investigation, but they don’t bother to grab the audio evidence of their own threats.