The Fourth Kind is a seriously shitty movie for one primary reason. It has the gall to pretend it’s a documentary.
Now, let me make one thing clear. When I see a movie advertised as “based on true events”, I know what that means; after all, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was supposed to be based on the case of Ed Gein… which is, uh, a stretch to say the least. But The Fourth Kind claims to be comprised of actual footage from the 2000 case upon which the movie is supposedly based and reenactments of the events.
And it’s a complete goddamned lie. The “actual footage” is definitely real in the sense that, you know, it exists, but it most certainly isn’t from 2000 or of a woman named Abigail Tyler. And it’s full of obvious CGI.
First and foremost, we have Abigail Tyler. In the “reenactment” part of the movie, she is played by Milla Jovovich of Resident Evil fame. In the “actual footage” part of the movie, she is ostensibly “played by” herself, given that it’s supposed to be real. Except that the woman whom the film insists is actually Abigail Tyler is an actress named Charlotte Milchard. Let me repeat that for emphasis: in the filmmakers’ quest to lie to you, they hired two different actors to play the same person so that they could have two different versions of the same scene–one “real” and one “reenactment”.
|Milchard is listed in the credits as “Nome Resident”.
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To make matters worse–or more hilarious, perhaps–Universal ended up having to pay out $20,000 after The Alaska Press Club sued them over the film’s marketing campaign. My mind is fucking boggled as to why anyone in their right mind thought all this bullshit was a good idea.
But I can tell you right now that it’s a genuine relief that the “archival footage” used in this movie is all fake. Otherwise, scenes such as a man snapping his spine and another man murdering his entire family on camera would be absolutely outrageous and offensive inclusions. Instead, I’m just offended that the filmmakers apparently thought anyone would be fooled by the half-hearted acting, horrendous dialogue, and shitty CGI of the “real” footage.
|Conveniently enough, the footage distorts and goes to static while this man snaps his spine while levitating and apparently has his jaw dislocated from speaking ancient Sumerian. Aliens, man. Motherfucking aliens.|