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Phoenix Forgotten (2017)

PG-13 | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 21 April 2017 (USA)
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Two decades after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of mysterious lights appearing above Phoenix, Arizona, unseen footage from that night has been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition.


Justin Barber
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Florence Hartigan ... Sophie
Luke Spencer Roberts ... Josh
Chelsea Lopez ... Ashley
Justin Matthews ... Mark
Clint Jordan ... Steve
Cyd Strittmatter ... Caroline
Roberto Medina ... Walt
Jeanine Jackson ... Melissa Foster
David Carrera ... Jack Foster
Matt Biedel ... Daniel Abrams
Serendipity Lilliana Serendipity Lilliana ... Young Sophie (as Serendipity Liliana)
Ana Dela Cruz ... Luisa Moreno
Jonathan Schmock ... Mr. Garland
Jay Pirouznia Jay Pirouznia ... Private Investigator
Kevin Boontjer ... Pilot


Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Based on Shocking Untold True Events

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror, peril and some language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The "Phoenix Lights" UFO sighting is the most famous UFO sighting in the world and was witnessed by thousands. See more »


Steve's car keeps changing between a Mk V VW Golf and a Mk VI. See more »


Josh: Hey, Dad, what's the secret to making a great burger?
Steve: Well, the first thing you got to do is you got to get your coals hot. Super hot, so when you put it on there, it seals in the juices. Then you don't flip it but one time. That's the secret.
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


Natural Land
Written by Pierre Perez-Vergara
Courtesy of APM Music
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Could have been better if it knew what it was
30 October 2017 | by mancinibrownSee all my reviews

Phoenix Forgotten portrays itself as a movie about the sister of a teen who went missing after the phoenix lights incident in 1997. If you're not familiar with the phoenix lights, a bunch of strange lights appeared over Phoenix, then disappeared and was then never explained.

Sophie Bishop, 20 years after her brother went missing, decides to shoot a documentary about what happened, and try and discover the truth. That sums up the first 2/3 of the movie and involves interviews with her family, plus footage shot by Josh (who was, of course, a camera geek and budding movie director). Caught halfway between this fake documentary and found footage movie, Phoenix Forgotten never really gets off the ground. There is some groundwork laid for the final act of the movie, but mostly the first couple acts are forgettable.

The third act is where the movie really takes off, as the director fully embraces the found footage genre, and succeeds. The camera actually makes sense that it would be filmed, and the actions seem very believable. The main problem with the end of the movie is how the movie just ends. Don't expect any explanation of what was just witnessed or what it means. Is it human, alien, or other? That's up for the interpretation of the viewer and leaves the film weaker off.

The other issue with the ending of the movie is it totally drops Sophie's documentary. While this works better for the pacing of the movie being watched, it's odd that a thread played out for so long is just dropped.

In the end, viewers who enjoy the found footage genre should find something enjoyable here. But the dropped threads, questionable first hour, and ambiguous ending hurt the film.

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Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$2,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,816,499, 23 April 2017

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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