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A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.

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Timothy Fisher (as Pavel Stefanov)
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Joe Fisher
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Jessica
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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. Modern-day, 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 began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. 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. Written by Anonymous

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alien | alaska | owl | abduction | patient | See more »

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There are four kinds of alien encounters. The fourth kind is abduction. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violent/disturbing images, some terror, thematic elements and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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6 November 2009 (USA)  »

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Contactos de cuarto tipo  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£851,476 (UK) (6 November 2009)

Gross:

$25,464,480 (USA) (1 January 2010)
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According to promotional materials from Universal, the film is framed around a psychologist named Abigail Tyler who interviewed traumatized patients in Nome. However Alaska state licensing examiner Jan Mays says she can't find records of an Abigail Tyler ever being licensed in any profession in Alaska. Ron Adler, CEO and director of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute and Denise Dillard, president of the Alaska Psychological Association say they've never heard of Abigail Tyler. Web sites for an "Alaska Psychiatry Journal" and "Alaska News Archive" containing references to Tyler were created by the film's producers, but were outed as hoaxes when it was discovered they were registered a month before the film's release and the purported author of one of the archived news articles stated she had never written it. See more »

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In the film, there is a sheriff and deputies who provide police service to Tyler's home. This is wrong, as Nome has a police department and there are no sheriffs in the state of Alaska. See more »

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Abbey Tyler: I'm actress Milla Jovovich, and I will be portraying Dr. Abigail Tyler in The Fourth Kind. This film is a dramatization of events that occurred October 1st through the 9th of 2000, in the Northern Alaskan town of Nome. To better explain the events of this story, the director has included actual archived footage throughout the film. This footage was acquired from Nome psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler, who has personally documented over 65 hours of video and audio materials during the ...
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Over the closing credits; there are a series of radio interviews with eyewitness to close encounters of the first to fourth kind See more »

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References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

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consistent and scary
5 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

When I first decided to watch this movie, I had forgotten it's premise, and merely had it categorized in a long list of scary movies. I was pleasantly surprised, and successfully scared.

THE FOURTH KIND's title refers to the type of encounter with some time of being not of this earth, which is the most severe and intense. The first kind being a sighting, the second kind being some sort of evidence of an encounter left behind, etc. In 1977, Steven Spielberg showed us what an encounter of the third kind was supposed to look like, and for awhile, aliens who interacted with humans were regularly portrayed as friendly, curious, and innocuous (think E.T.). When aliens were portrayed as harmful to humans, the setting was often away from planet earth (Alien, Pandorum), and films of that nature were accepted up front as the purest form of fiction. On occasion, a film based on true events would tackle the notion of alien abduction here on earth. 1993's FIRE IN THE SKY fit that mold, and gave me a good scare.

In watching THE FOURTH KIND, we as the audience are told at the beginning that the story we are about to watch is based on a true story, with real life video shown side by side with the fictional portrayal by actors on the screen. I found this to be very effective, although at first I was a bit taken aback by Milla Jovovich's appearance on screen as Milla the actress, explaining ahead of time what we were about to see as Milla playing the character of Dr. Abigail Tyler. While I appreciated the explanation, which helped to set our expectations while we watched the split screen of real video/actor video, I felt that the need to tell us in the audience that it was up to us whether to believe the story or not, was a bit contrived. Add to it the appearance of both Milla and the director at the end of the film to repeat the same message, and it becomes condescending.

Nonetheless, all of the actor portrayals were solid, including Will Patton as the myopic, just-the-facts small town sheriff, and Elias Koteas as Dr. Tyler's disbelieving colleague. And kudos to Milla Jovovich's portrayal as Dr. Tyler, as we watch her character deteriorate over time into an almost catatonic state, enduring nothing but skepticism and loss.


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