Point Blank Review: The Fourth Kind

Before adding the movie The Fourth Kind to my queue on Netflix, I did not think much about the movie. It came up as a recommendation because of the background nature of the movie. Alleged alien abduction. I can already see some reader shaking their heads, at such an outrageous claim. Regardless of what you think, I found the movie rather intriguing to view, since I had not done any prior research on the film, it’s background or “real life” story that makes up the plot.

*Spoilers ahead* The movie centers around a hosted television interview through Chapman University with Dr. Abigail Tyler, a psychologist in Nome, Alaska who discuss the “fourth kind” of close encounter. Abduction. Tyler, played by Milla Jovovich, best known for her work in the Resident Evil series, records numerous therapy sessions with patients who have similar experiences and claiming to see an owl in the window.

After the mysterious death of her husband, Will, she undergoes her own therapy session with Dr. Abel Campos, a psychologist from Anchorage and colleague to Tyler. Her regression session raises questions as to her husband’s disappearance. After hearing similar stories from numerous patients, Dr. Tyler believes they were possibly abducted.

After Campos is unable to draw an further conclusions in regression session with Tyler and calls in a language expert after hearing an unidentifiable language recorded. Dr. Awolowa Odusami, an expert in ancient languages and called in by Campos. He identifies the language as Sumerian.

It’s the abduction of Ashley, Tyler’s daughter that brings the abduction theory to life, a portion of which is caught on video by a police patrol car that was guarding Tyler’s house after she was confined to her home by the sheriff.

Like many alien/abduction based movies you never get that good glimpse of an extraterrestrial or a UFO, but you get what could be discerned as “not of this world.” In each of the regressions, the video scrambles and the audio is broken, as violence seems to erupt in the background. This was the case each time the entity spoke in Sumerian and the UFO took Ashley.

In the end, nothing is resolved, the film goes on to discuss each of those involved in the film, leaving the audience to decide. As credit scroll, taped phone calls of people recounting UFO sightings play.

If I would have read reviews or followed the movie prior to seeing it, I don’t believe it would of had as strong an impact as it did. The movie is filmed in the same vein as Blair Witch Project of Paranormal Activity, on a low budget and through the use of a home video camera. Still the interspersing of archived video combined with the dramatization is well done and does provide a story from two different angles.

I do have an interest in the subject matter I was taken in by the film and when it was over, I thought what I had just seen was the real deal. Guess that is what the director would have wanted. Still, even if you have read reviews and know that what you are seeing is a “hoax” and these incidents in Nome did not happen, the movie still holds entertainment value. I would recommend it for those who take an interest in the abduction theory or like a good paranormal thriller.

The movie centers around a chain of disappearances in the remote region of Nome, Alaska from the 1960s to present day. A few years back the FBI was called in to investigate the abnormally high disappearance rate, but their conclusions were somewhat inconclusive.

At the center of attention is Dr. Abigail Tyler (psychology), played by

There are some interesting use of split screen, as well as actual video and audio footage to support Dr. Tyler’s claims. At the beginning of the movie Jovovich explains the use of this original material in order to help support the claims made by the movie. Convincing? I guess that is up to you the viewer. I thought it to be rather well done. Of course other Internet based claims are so fond of it.

As the story rolls along, Jovovich starts having her own mental issues an sees her shrink, Abel Campos. Through out the movie there seems to be a connection between all the regression sessions we see from the archived footage into the strange and unexplained disappearances in Nome.

It becomes evident an extraterrestrial force is at work when Dr Tyler records a late night session of “Scott” while mentally suffering in his home. The video is rather shocking as the regression seems to go wrong, as an unknown voice, a presence is heard through the body of Scott.

Enter Awolowa Odusami, a expert in language who recognizes the unknown language on the videos as Sumerian. He long with Campos attempt to work with Dr. Tyler to figure out what happened, not only to her husband but to her.

 

Who’s Lying? US Government or Edgar Mitchell?

Do we, as citizens trust our government? Eh, I’d venture a guess that many don’t. Just look through history at what has been accepted as “truth” or covered up over the years and what the government says becomes truth. Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo astronaut thinks otherwise. During Apollo 20, video of a crashed UFO on the Moon was recorded. Truth? Cover up? You decide (about 7:30 into the clip you can see the UFO).

The ARG.

It’s rare to have anything to discuss when it comes to computer gaming. In my mind the thrill and excitement of gaming has lost it’s luster. This is not because I have become jaded after retiring from game development and supporting the game community for nearly 10 years. I am still impressed to see new games come to term, unfortunately many companies and distributors today don’t give a shit about the gamer, but the bottom line. I guess that makes sense, get some dumb bastard to spend $60 bucks on a game, take WoW for example and then charge them a money service fee to play. Better yet, charge the end user for new content. Nearly all games use some component of this today. I know I have been taken in by it with Rockband 2 and well as a few other XBox 360 games recently.

Back in the late 90s, the actual year is fuzzy and I have not been able to search and find the exact title of the game, there was a game that was played real time, in real life by gamers. The only way to describe it now is by calling it an alternate reality game or “an interactive narrative that uses the real world as a platform, often involving multiple media and game elements, to tell a story that may be affected by participants’ ideas or actions.”

I happened to stumble upon this game concept when reading a thread on a UFO hoax at ATS yesterday and they mentioned ARG. I found the concept rather perplexing and decided to give it a further look. Currently, I am reading up on a ARG called SF0 of SF Zero. Your character is “You” and You are tasked to complete objectives, submitting proof when you accomplish a task. There are more dynamics involved in the game, but this is the general principal.

I find the concept rather interesting and definitely off the main stream of computer gaming, yet gaming nonetheless. While computers are involved they are not the primary means of interaction. I am continuing to read about SF0 but the concept does interest me. Just like the original text adventures that paved the way for future games to follow.

** EDIT: Majestic produced by EA was the ARG I was thinking of, which debuted in 2001 and was discontinued a year later.

What did I see?

Ok. I am sure this will draw skeptics to believe I am a nut. Oh well, I’ve been called worse. Since I was a kid I have had a fascination with unidentified flying objects. I remember back to my childhood and a special edition of Look Magazine from 1967 featuring “Flying Saucers – 20 Years of UFOs”.

As a kid, I used to look at this magazine religiously and maybe it injected thoughts in my head that made my imagination run wild when night fell. In the early to mid 1970s when we moved to Poway, California I recall a two part event that took place, with one event verifying the other.

The first event was that of an individual, who lived in the cul-de-sac, two doors down. At the time, he was a wild teen, who drove a red Mustang. Anyway, I saw him one day, out behind our house, in the fields owned by a horse rancher. He was setting fires to stacks of hay. Why? I never found out, nor does that play any roll. The fact was I was able to finger him as the arsonist.

The other event that is tied to this story was the viewing of a suspected unidentified flying object. I remember it vividly, even drew pictures of it the next day in grade school. Like many individuals I could describe it as oblong (cigar shaped) with colored lights separating the upper and lower portions of the object, with some sort of “bubble” on top.

While National UFO Reporting Center does not have anything listed in their database from Poway in the 70s, I do believe what I saw was a UFO. I told my parents who, while not overly convinced would question what I saw days later when the arson event took place.

This brings me to 2008, driving home last night on Highway 4 towards Oakley (crossing over the Highway 4 Bypass), as I looked to the northeast I saw two, bright lights in the night sky approximately 7:35 pm. At first, I thought it was position lights on the wingtips of an airplane. Except two things did not seem right.

The first item was the absence of a red, rotating beacon. As a licensed commercial pilot since 1990, I think I know what positioning lights and a rotating beacon look like on both small, private planes and large, commercial jets. The second oddity was the fact these “wingtip” lights were white and absent of the red/green lights usually seen on wingtips of airplanes in conjunction with the white lights.

The lights appeared to be in a steep left hand bank, exceed 45-50 degrees. It looked like an aircraft, but the lights were too far apart, especially at the distance I was viewing them. I turned my attention to the highway momentarily and when I turned back to continue watching they disappeared.

So what exactly did I see? I don’t know, I would guess there’s a logical explanation to the question. But, there is also that piece that says, I did view something unidentifiable.

60 years of UFOs

Today is a celebration of sorts for those who believe in little green men and flying saucers from outer space. Yes, that would be me. And no, I am not in the heart of all things controversial, Roswell, New Mexico where in July 8, 1947 one of the grandest cover ups by the U.S. Government denying the crash of a “flying saucer”. There was an interesting death bed confession that just came out, so depending on if you believe the truth and honesty behind these sort of confessions could sway your ideas surrounding Roswell and the crash. Anyway, just a quick shout out to the little green men and a big “FU” to our government for covering up the truth. Just Google ‘Roswell’ for all the associated stories.