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The Fourth Kind (2009)
It'd refreshing to find a "Horror" thriller that is both disturbing and thought provoking! The Fourth Kind story line creeps up on the viewer slowly, maybe confusingly at times with the use of "real" video/audio split screen.Milla Jovovich is convincing as Abigail Tyler,psychologist,trying to discover what is happening to her patients.
Are people delusional ,is it all in their minds? At about midway point the action is punctured with a horrific scream, which sends shivers down the spine! From then on as things begin to unravel in disturbing fashion, nothing is seen of whatever is invading the townsfolk but this is a good thing. Imagination is a powerful thing. The mixing of media type is an unsettling touch-particularly the interviews with the real Abigail Tyler(whose face looks like a typical alien a clever subliminal touch. Well acted throughout, not flawless by any means, slightly rushed in the final third and occasional cliché but unsettling and creepy film that treats it's audience with respect.
Looks like I'm one of the first to review it on release,so hopefully I can inspire you to go see this.It is probably the best film of its genre I've seen in a very long time! An 18 rated film is rare enough,but one that delivers the goods is rarer! It is an intense,nerve jangler that doesn't let up from its immediate beginning.There's no gentle run in with this movie! It has twists to make M. Night jealous,and they aren't dumb or obvious.The final twist is jaw dropping,but could be a twist too far,but its relevant to the plot. It has comparisons to Se7en in style,but this is no rip off.Its a mindfu*k for sure,with all the characters being pieces of the jigsaw that is the bathroom where the central characters are imprisoned.The characters are real,flawed individuals who make mistakes and you genuinely feel for them.Bluffs,double bluffs,guesses ,second guesses,red herrings.This film messes with your head but ultimately scares you ragged!