This movie starts off with actress Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil Series, Chaplin) informing you that she is an actress portraying psychologist Abigail Tyler and what you are about to see is real. What we see is largely Jovovich and other “actors” portraying real people as “actual footage” of the “real people” plays along next to it, as well as scenes with the “actual” Abigail Tyler doing interviews and “actual recordings”, all of this surrounding an unusual number of alien contacts in Nome, Alaska.
The first thing I will address here is the question of how much of it is real. Honestly, I don’t care if it is 100% real or 100% fake. The reason for this is that I thought the “actual” audio and video were pretty intense, so either way, it works. If you are coming into this movie and you will base how much you like it on how “real” or “fake” you think it is, you are costing yourself dearly. It is a pretty good and interesting story, with a good performance from Jovovich, some very creepy scenes, and I think they did a good job with the fear factor by not actually showing any aliens, leaving that all to your imagination. The way they approached the film was interesting, showing the split screen stuff quite a bit, which is usually pretty impressive but a couple times, when the split screen shot does not involve “real” footage, it gets distracting.
The Fourth Kind is not without it’s flaws, but I actually enjoyed this film quite a bit and recommend it, assuming you don’t get hung up on if it is real or not.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 8