The Fourth Kind movie synopsis: In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. This encounter has been the most difficult to document...until now.
Structured unlike any film before it, The Fourth Kindis a provocative thriller set in modern-day Nome, Alaska, where—mysteriously since the 1960s—a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered.
Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.
Using never-before-seen archival footage that is integrated into the film, The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film.
Controversy: The alleged real-life video footage and audio recordings used in The Fourth Kind are often denounced as mockumentary-style movie making. The Blu-ray release of the film includes extra footage not included in the original theater release. One of these clips shows the murder-suicide documentary footage. With the volume turned up, a person off-camera can be heard yelling Action!
The film's trailer states that the story is based on actual case studies, but did not specify any cases. As a result, much speculation had arisen regarding the search for documented evidence from the actual cases and whether Dr. Abigail Tyler is a real person or a fictional character for use in an internet viral marketing campaign. Actress Charlotte Milchard was credited as Nome resident, bearing a striking resemblance to the supposed real-life Abbey Tyler seen in the documentary footage. Her IMDB status has since been updated and confirms that she is indeed the English actress who played the Real Dr. Abigail Tyler.
On September 2, 2009, an investigation by Kyle Hopkins and the Anchorage Daily News examined the validity of the film's premise, and its relation to actual disappearances that have occurred in and around the town of Nome. The investigation found no specific events to back up the claims in the film and also revealed that unsolved deaths in Nome are no more a majority of disappearances (just as in other remote areas)
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