Writer: Olatunde Osunsanmi (Screenplay) Olatunde Osunsanmi, Terry Robbins (Story)
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Corey Johnson, Enzo Cilenti, Elias Koteas
Plot: 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 may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Solid Sci-Fi Mystery Thriller
Story: The Fourth Kind starts as Milla Jovovich as herself introducing this movie explaining she will be playing Dr Abigail Tyler a therapist who worked in Alaska on the date of October 1st 2000, she continues to explain this will be a mix of achieve footage and recreation. So we know the film is looking back at real footage of real events, nothing at all is made up right? No.
We go into the main story as we follow Abigail as she sees her own colleague Dr Campos (Koteas) to help with the problems she is having. We see how Abigail’s husband Will has recently died and that Nome her home is only accessible by plane.
Dr Tyler’s patients all start having similar nightmares about an owl watching over them even with her own nightmares having the same memories as the night her husband died. What we go onto discover is a terrifying truth about what had been happening in this small isolated town.
The Fourth Kind is a mystery sci-fi thriller that tried to play into the shock value of make it fully sold on real events, it was not off real events let’s make that clear but the complete sell of this movie on it being recreation of what really happened works for the horror side to this story. With this being said the scare factor comes off very well to a level of unsettling at times when we see how the visits were meant to get played out like.
The acting is strange because we are not used to seeing Milla Jovovich looking so vulnerable in leading roles but she is solid without shining while Elias Koteas is good in the supporting role along with Will Patton. The slightly disrespectful side of story comes from the fact the actors playing the original tapes don’t get enough credit for their performances.
Overall: Sold brilliantly, executed well with scares that work for the unknown time we live in.