Sorry to The Fourth Kind (which I mostly enjoyed), but when you get schooled by ass-eyes Scrooge, Michael Jackson and a movie about soldiers and goats, I think it’s safe to say most folks think talk of alien abduction is silly. Granted, $12 million at the box office isn’t terrible, but unless TFK can generate some positive word-of-mouth (see: Paranormal Activity), it will die a quick death at the hands of 2012 and The Twilight Saga: New Moon in the next few weeks.
What makes me laugh about The Fourth Kind is all the antagonism throughout the web about it being fake. People seem to have gone into the film thinking abductions in Nome, Alaska were the real deal. Really? Folks, it’s entertainment. The filmmakers put it out there for just that reason. They want you to scratch your head and say, “WTF? Was that real?” And as best as I can tell, when I walked out of the theater, most were doing that. I tip my hat to Olatunde Osunsanmi for the attempt and for the creativity, but as I said in my review, the movie is flawed and a little ragged.
At any rate, the naysayers decrying the movie as crap because it’s fake should shut their pieholes. Of course it was fake. And if you went into The Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity thinking those films were real, then you need help and an intervention, because you are an idiot. It’s just supposed to be fun, quizzical and something to chat about at work, the dinner table and amongst friends. It’s just too bad The Fourth Kind isn’t simply a better movie altogether, or it might join the other two as buzzworthy cinematic treats.
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